GIS at NASA: Expanding the Understanding of Earth Science

Discover, explore, and access GIS content to help you better understand Earth Science using NASA's free and open data. Using GIS, you can leverage NASA's Earth Observations to perform analysis, create maps, and develop applications.

 

Explore NASA Earth Observation Data

NASA data is freely and openly available to everyone. Explore recent uses of data using GIS technology.

 

See GIS in Action

Collaborate and create interactive applications combining high value data together in an interactive, informative web based application. Focusing on key topics or themes allows users to see the best available data from NASA to help them understand complex challenges facing our world.

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Datasets have a story to tell. Engage and inspire your audience by combining text, images, and other multimedia content with maps. You have the local knowledge and expertise, now begin and sustain a meaningful connection with your users.

Learn about NASA Earthdata as Image Services
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MODIS Terra true color reflected image

Image services are a way to process and share collections of imagery, providing considerable flexibility and scalability for storing, processing, analyzing, and sharing imagery and raster products. These flexible and robust services can be comprised of a variety of data types, both large and small, and can be multiband or multidimensional.

These services leverage a powerful server backend to perform the required processing on the fly and dynamic mosaicking of images. These applications can access the imagery as a seamless mosaic or query into the metadata of each image to display only a selection of the data or apply processing across the datasets to find differences or perform classification. These processes can include reprojection, orthorectification, clipping, applying complex image processing algorithms, and more.

Clients can connect to image services using an ArcGIS Server connection or via REST. Additionally, image services can be published with the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) Web Map Service (WMS) or Web Coverage Service (WCS) capabilities. By adding additional capabilities, you allow clients to access your image service in an expanded variety of applications and devices.

ArcGIS Image Services can also be accessed and used inside open source tools such as QGIS and Jupyter Notebooks.

See NASA Data as Image Services in Action

Find and Use Image Services

 

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Sentinel-2 Views

Sentinel-2, 10m Multispectral, Multitemporal, 13-band images with visual renderings and indices. This Imagery Layer is sourced from the Sentinel-2 on AWS collections and is updated daily with new imagery. This layer is in beta release.

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Multispectral Landsat

Landsat multispectral and multitemporal imagery with onthe- fly renderings and indices for visualization and analysis. The Landsat 8 and 9 imagery in this layer is updated daily and is directly sourced from the USGS Landsat collection on AWS.

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True Color - Corrected

This visualization represents a “true color” band combination (1-4-3) of data collected by the MODIS instrument on the Terra satellite and is most similar to how we see the Earth’s surface with our own eyes.

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Earth at Night (2016)

This layer presents a nighttime view of the Earth that provides an informational and educational view of our planet at night.

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Pansharpened Landsat

Landsat pansharpened and multitemporal 15m imagery rendered on-the-fly as Natural Color with DRA for visualization and analysis. It is updated daily with new imagery directly sourced from the USGS Landsat collection on AWS.

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Landsat 8 Views

Landsat 8 multispectral and multitemporal imagery with onthe- fly renderings and indices for visualization and analysis. The imagery in this layer is updated daily and is directly sourced from the USGS Landsat collection on AWS.

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Panchromatic

Landsat panchromatic and multitemporal 15m imagery with on-the-fly renderings and indices for visualization and analysis. It is updated daily with new imagery directly sourced from the USGS Landsat collection on AWS.

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Landsat GLS Multispectral

Landsat GLS 30 and 60m multispectral and multitemporal imagery with on-the-fly renderings and indices for visualization and analysis.

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Check out our GIS Resources playlist on the Earthdata YouTube channel.

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Last Updated
Jun 28, 2022