Digital Geography

Observing deforestation with Sentinel-1

While preparing for an upcoming presentation at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) I came across a topic that I thought might make an interesting blog post.  The presentation is about using data from the Sentinel-1 mission for Earth Science applications.  The Sentinel-1 spacecraft are C-band SAR systems launched and operated by the European Space Agency (ESA).  An innovative aspect of this mission is that the collection scenario devised by ESA is systematic and very broad in coverage.  Using Sentinel-1 we can monitor Earth using SAR data like never before.

Innovative SRTM Download

It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve posted here, but I just found something I wanted to pass along. If you work with geospatial data, you are probably familiar with the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) that collected elevation data over much of Earth. These data are available from a number of interfaces on the Web, but this is one of the nicest, and most innovative, ones I’ve found. SRTM Tile Grabber Just find the spot on Earth you are interested in and you can download the SRTM data for that area as a geotiff. I think this is probably…

Free Sources of Geospatial Raster Data

I’m always looking for good sources of free data, so I thought I would post a few here in case they were useful to others. The sources listed below tend to be larger providers of regional to global level data, however, please post suggestions in the comments if there are other sources you like and think should be added. I had initially planned to include vector data here, but I think that will be another post as this one got quite long. SAR Data Free Synthetic Aperture Radar data can be some of the hardest to find, but it is…

The End of the Landsat 5 Era

If you have been working in the space remote sensing community for any length of time you have almost certainly crossed paths with Landsat 5. After 29 years of watching Earth, the U.S. Geological Survey announced that Landsat 5 would be retired slowly over the coming months. Of course most people are looking forward to Landsat 8 (LDCM), but it is worth it to look back for a bit on Landsat 5, this stalwart icon of Earth remote sensing. More information from the USGS can be found at the official release As always, thanks for reading.