VEGA ARCHIPELAGO, NORWAY, 7TH MAY 2014
📷 BY WORLDVIEW-2, 50CM RESOLUTION

Education & Research

THE WORLD’S BEST DATA

 

The WorldView constellation offers satellite image data of unmatched resolution and quality. Make sure you are using the best data for your study, so that you get the best results possible. See more than you ever imagined.

A LIBRARY LIKE NO OTHER

We have been collecting satellite imagery for almost 20 years, during which time we have amassed an invaluable library documenting changes on the Earth’s surface for the past twenty years. Analysis of this data can yield valuable insights into how the Earth has changed, and how it is likely to change next. Here are some examples of what this archive is being used for:

  • Environment monitoring
  • Global warming impact assessments
  • Urban development monitoring
  • Soil losses monitoring
  • Disaster impact monitoring
  • Forest fire and crime prediction software
  • Automated counting of objects such as cars, shipping containers, and houses
  • Monitoring present and historical change of glaciers, dams, and rivers
  • Detecting illegal activity such as logging and oil spills

UNLOCK HIDDEN WORLDS

 

There’s more to light than the human eye can see, which is why the WorldView constellation has more spectral diversity than any other. Groundbreaking 16-band Superspectral imagery offers unique insights into what is happening on the ground. Combining different bands enables powerful visualisations, or can be used in equations to isolate materials from their surroundings. The different uses of the 16 bands are detailed below.

The 8 mutispectral bands of WorldView-2
The 8 mutispectral bands of WorldView-2, and WorldView-3 (not including the 8 SWIR bands).
VISIBLE SPECTRUM

Coastal Blue

  • Peering into a clear water column (<30 m)
  • Isolating features that are blue (roofing, paint, vegetation)
  • Identifying solar panels and iron oxide minerals

Blue

  • Peering into a clear water column (<30 m)
  • Isolating features that are blue (roofing, paint, vegetation)
  • Used for natural colour visualisation (RGB)

Green

  • Peering into a clear water column (<30 m)
  • Isolating features that are green (roofing, paint, vegetation)
  • Used for natural colour visualisation (RGB)

Yellow

  • Peering into a clear water column (<30 m)
  • Isolating features that are yellow (paint, sand, soil, flowers, senescing vegetation)
  • Supports identification of iron oxide minerals

Red

  • Identification of soils, geologic materials, and iron oxide minerals
  • Primarily used for assessment of vegetation health
  • Used for natural colour visualisation (RGB)

Red Edge

  • Identifying buried features
  • Assessment of vegetation health
  • Identification of vegetation species
  • Identification of plastics and other materials from vegetation
  • Identification of metallic features
NEAR-INFRARED

Near-Infrared 1

  • Identifying buried features
  • Assessment of vegetation health
  • Identification of vegetation species
  • Identification of metallic features
  • Detection of water

Near-Infrared 2

  • Identifying buried features
  • Assessment of vegetation health
  • Identification of vegetation species
  • Identification of metallic features
  • Detection of water
SHORT-WAVE INFRARED (SWIR)

SWIR-1

  • Supports assessment of vegetation moisture
  • Useful for detection of:
    • metallic features
    • water
    • boat wake
    • smoke penetration
    • fire

SWIR-2

  • Useful for detection of:
    • man-made features
    • polymer/plastics
    • petroleum
    • geologic materials
    • water/boat wake

SWIR-3

  • Useful for detection of:
    • man-made features
    • polymer/plastics
    • petroleum
    • geologic materials
    • water/boat wake
    • smoke penetration
    • fire

SWIR-4

  • Useful for detection of:
    • man-made features
    • polymer/plastics
    • petroleum
    • geologic materials

SWIR-5

  • Useful for detection of:
    • polymer/plastics
    • chemicals
    • geologic materials

SWIR-6

  • Useful for detection of:
    • geologic materials
    • paint
    • concrete
    • clay
    • smoke penetration
    • fire

SWIR-7

  • Useful for detection of:
    • geologic materials
    • paint
    • concrete

SWIR-8

  • Useful for detection of:
    • polymer/plastics
    • petroleum
    • geologic materials
    • paint
    • concrete
    • smoke penetration
    • fire

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