Understand the Data in Your Imagery

ArcGIS includes imagery and raster analysis tools to help you find patterns and unlock data in your imagery. This includes a wide range of sources such as satellites, aerial technology, drones, full-motion video, elevation, and lidar. It works with GRIB, HDF, NetCDF, and other formats.

Find impervious surfaces.

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Feature Extraction

Sometimes you need to find a certain type of feature in an image, such as trees or buildings. Here, feature extraction uses powerful image processing tools to identify impervious surfaces.

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Where could coyotes live?

First, bring in a land cover layer.

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Suitability Analysis

Use geospatial criteria to determine the optimal place for just about anything. Here, suitability analysis shows you the best possible habitat for coyotes by identifying areas with access to water.

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Find impervious surfaces.

Start with high-resolution imagery

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Large-Scale Analysis

Scale up your raster analysis with a distributed processing, storage, and sharing system. ArcGIS Image Server runs locally or in the cloud and will process and analyze large collections of imagery in minutes or hours instead of days or weeks.

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Blue Raster

World Resources Institute gains a better understanding of global forest loss, using imagery analysis tools from Esri.


Put imagery and remote sensing to smarter, more skillful use. The ArcGIS Imagery Book is now online. You will find a wealth of images, and links to powerful web apps and maps that weave interesting stories about our planet and the issues we face.

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