Esri-Sponsored Grants

Natural Resources Grant Program

Common Questions

Eligible organizations include all types of companies, educational institutions, NGO’s, state and regional governments or tribal governments in the United States.


What is the goal of this grant program?
The goal of this program is to foster innovative approaches to solving natural resource management problems through the combined use of GIS, image processing and remote sensing technologies. Proposed projects with emphasis on fusion between radar and optical sensor imagery will be given preference in the review and selection process. Projects must establish increased efficiencies, productivity, or accuracy in detecting and analyzing land cover change using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imagery from RADARSAT-2 and RapidEye 5m multispectral imagery.
Who is eligible for the grant?
The program is open to all forms of companies, educational institutions, NGO’s, state, regional and local governments or tribal governments in the United States. (Federal government agencies are not eligible.) This program represents a means of providing organizations with the tools and data necessary to develop and extend their existing GIS programs into advanced imagery analysis via next-generation GIS and image processing technologies.
What projects will be considered?
Program applicants must demonstrate how GIS and image processing are mission critical technologies for natural resources management. It is also important to explain how imagery solutions will result in increased efficiencies and/or effectiveness in the applicants’ daily work efforts.
Can you provide examples of eligible natural resources subject areas?
Eligible projects are those that focus on remotely sensed imagery beyond that in the visible spectrum. Projects can include, but are not limited to these disciplines:
  • Agriculture: crop insurance, crop monitoring, yield estimates, crop identification, acreage estimates, crop condition
  • Climate Change: carbon management, carbon accounting, long-term flood impacts and coastal zone changes
  • Disaster Management: reducing processing and delivery time, flooded structures detection, damage assessment, emergency management, wildfire management
  • Environmental Management: land cover mapping, habitat change, migration corridors, urban encroachment, regulations and enforcement, desertification, riverbed changes, basin health
  • Forestry: clear cut identification, deforestation, harvest patterns, logging road detection, illegal logging detection, species identification, planning
  • Mining: prospecting for new resources, detecting geological features, surface movement, open pit operations;
  • Parks and Recreation: water body delineation, natural habitat monitoring
  • Petroleum: site modeling, seismic survey planning, environmental and operational safety hazards, surface modeling, production monitoring (onshore and offshore), exploration monitoring
Can we substitute the products offered?
No product or training substitutions in the grant offerings will be extended. The program is offered with the understanding that the complete software, data and training suite selected will be used in its entirety for the purpose of developing a GIS and image process based application for future distribution via ArcGIS Online.
Do we need to currently have Esri or PCI software to be eligible?
No. Applicants with an existing GIS or image processing solution will receive equal consideration to existing Esri or PCI software in the review process.
Can I hire a consultant to assist our efforts?
Yes. However, the applicant must identify at least one dedicated staff member who will be responsible for using the hardware and software. Further, the GIS and imagery processing software and data must remain in the possession of the recipient site (the recipient may not forward or transfer the licenses to consultants).
Is this program designed to start a GIS or imagery program?

No. This grant program is not designed to initiate a GIS or imagery program but rather to enhance an existing program. Likewise, participating organizations must agree to make the development of the application as a means of developing timely and meaningful educational materials for the benefit of their peers.

Applications must be approached from the perspective of moving the organization forward using GIS and imagery technologies. Projects that demonstrate and describe the methodology for developing data and applications that improve the internal knowledge base, enhance decision support, and extend GIS throughout the enterprise will be given additional consideration.

What are the hardware system requirements for running Esri and PCI software?
Grant recipients must demonstrate that they meet the minimum hardware requirements as recommended by both Esri and PCI.
What if I don't have an existing GIS?

This program is not designed as a means of initiating a GIS program. Applicants must thoroughly communicate an understanding of the technologies they intend to leverage and what it will take to implement them. Eligible applicants must have an existing capacity for GIS in their organization.

To meet the goals of the Esri and PCI Imagery Grant Program, applications must confirm the availability of their existing geospatial infrastructure including suitable hardware, software and databases. The existing geospatial infrastructure must include combinations of the following at 1:50000 or better resolution:

  • The demonstration project’s geographic boundaries
  • Terrain/topography
  • Land classification
  • Hydrography
  • Transportation system


Our organization is based in the United States but our study area is international. Are we eligible?
International study areas are subject to data availability and in some cases may be constrained by licensing restrictions. Please send an email to with the coordinates of your proposed study area before completing the grant application to ensure eligibility.
We are not based in the United States but want to participate. Is there any possibility of expanding this grant program elsewhere?
Unfortunately this program is only open to organizations based in the United States. We have no immediate plans to expand this program.

Grant Specifics

What do grant recipients need to provide?
Grant recipients must provide a 2,000 word case study focusing on the integration of GIS and image processing within six months of receiving software and data. All case studies are to include screen captures and maps. As determined by the imagery grant coordinator, recipient may be required to include other supporting elements such as charts, diagrams, illustrations or photographs to help describe the project.
What will grant recipients receive?


This program is designed to scale based on the unique requirements of each proposed project. Grant recipients can select from the following desktop and server ArcGIS platforms and extensions:

  • ArcGIS for Desktop Advanced
  • ArcGIS for Server
  • ArcGIS Spatial Analyst extension (for Desktop or Server)
  • ArcGIS 3D Analyst extension (for Desktop or Server)
  • ArcGIS Image Extension for Server
  • One Esri Virtual Classroom training course to claim within 60 days after receipt of software.
  • Esri Developer Network (EDN) desktop subscription.


Grant recipients can select from the following PCI imagery solutions, based on the suitability of the tools for their described workflow/project:

  • One desktop license of GeoImaging Tools for ArcGIS
  • One desktop license of SAR for ArcGIS
  • One desktop license of Geomatica Prime (including Optical Satellite and Radar Sensors)
  • Three credits for PCI virtual training course (3 days of training)
  • One year of support from PCI Geomatics (access to Support staff)
  • Access to GeoImaging Accelerator (GXL) capability on PCI’s Cloud implementation to carry out specific cloud based processing



Multiple RADARSAT-2 acquisitions of a location may be permitted (up to 3 repeat collections) for time series monitoring, but applicants must clearly justify the required number of images in their application.


  • A single new collection or archived image (up to 1,000 km2) of RapidEye 5m multispectral data.
  • Small repeat new collections and/or repeat archived images (4 repeat images up to 250 km2) of RapidEye 5m multispectral data.
  • To explore archived imagery for your study area, visit the RapidEye Archive Discovery Tool
Applicants will also be required to honor all data license restrictions and after the first year, maintenance of Esri and PCI software becomes the responsibility of the program recipient.
What is the overall value of the grant?
Twenty companies, educational institutions, NGO’s, state and regional governments or tribal governments within the United States will be awarded with Esri and PCI software and training, RADARSAT Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data provided by MDA, and multispectral imagery data provided by RapidEye. Each grant is valued at $100,000. The total value for all grants is $2,000,000.
What is the breakdown of the number of grants for each natural resource vertical?

Grants are not allocated based on specific natural resources verticals; all proposals will receive equal consideration. Proposed projects with emphasis on fusion between radar and optical sensor imagery will be given preference. Priority is also given to any organization whose project demonstrates one or more of the following:

  • Strategic planning supported by integration between GIS and imagery.
  • Use of GIS and imagery applications in daily workflows.
  • Innovative GIS and imagery solutions.
  • Collaboration with multiple departments within a single organization.
  • Outreach efforts for public consultation or participation.
  • Sharing of derived data products with multiple organizations or other government agencies.
Can I get a copy of past grant winner’s submissions?
No. The goal of the grant program is for the GIS and imagery community to learn from the applicants and to look at variations in business processes. We want to share what factors actually lead to implementation, therefore, we do not provide examples.
What is the review process?
  • A team comprised of Esri, PCI, MDA and RapidEye will review all applications to determine finalists.
  • The Esri website will be used to announce the projects awarded. The website will be the official notification medium and will appear on the date designated.
  • A formal letter notifying selected demonstration projects will follow.
  • Financial hardship is not a consideration in determining grant recipients—instead we are looking for innovative and replicable solutions.

Application Procedures

How can we get started?
All interested organizations must first register interest using the online registration form by going to Shortly thereafter, we will email you the grant application outline and provide any additional information that is needed.
When is the deadline?
The official deadline for all submissions is 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time), November 16, 2012.
Can I submit my application electronically or by fax?
No. Only typewritten hard-copies sent by registered mail or courier will be considered. All other submission details are available in the Application Guide that will be sent after completing the online registration form. This guide contains detailed instructions and mandatory requirements.
Can we submit more than one grant application?
Yes. However, a separate and complete grant application is required for each submission. Additionally, each application must be postmarked/shipped separately.

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Grant Partners


What is ArcGIS for Desktop?
ArcGIS for Desktop allows you to analyze your data and author geographic knowledge to examine relationships, test predictions, and ultimately make better decisions. ArcGIS for Desktop software enables you to discover patterns, relationships, and trends in your data that are not readily apparent in databases, spreadsheets, or statistical packages. Beyond displaying your data as points on a map, ArcGIS for Desktop gives you the power to manage and integrate your data, perform advanced analysis, model and automate operational processes, and display your results on professional-quality maps.
What is ArcGIS for Desktop Advanced?
ArcGIS for Desktop is available in three license levels—ArcGIS for Desktop Advanced, ArcGIS for Desktop Standard, and ArcGIS for Desktop Basic. Each product shares the same core applications, user interface, and development environment. Each license level provides additional GIS functionality as you move from ArcGIS for Desktop Basic to ArcGIS for Desktop Standard to ArcGIS for Desktop Advanced. ArcGIS for Desktop Advanced is the most complete desktop GIS. It includes all the functionality of ArcGIS for Desktop Standard and ArcGIS for Desktop Basic and adds advanced spatial analysis, extensive data manipulation, and high-end cartography tools. ArcGIS for Desktop Advanced is the de facto standard for GIS.
What can I do with Esri’s ArcGIS for Desktop Advanced?
With ArcGIS for Desktop Advanced, you can:
  • Perform advanced GIS data analysis and modeling.
  • Take advantage of tools designed for overlay analysis, proximity analysis, surface analysis, and raster processing and conversion.
  • Publish and convert data in numerous formats.
  • Create and manage personal geodatabases, multiuser geodatabases, and feature datasets.
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Where can I find out more about ArcGIS for Desktop Advanced?
To learn more about ArcGIS for Desktop Advanced, visit
What is ArcGIS 3D Analyst?
ArcGIS 3D Analyst gives you more capabilities and extends the power of ArcGIS for Desktop Advanced to perform three-dimensional analysis. ArcGIS 3D Analyst provides advanced visualization, analysis, and surface generation tools. Using ArcGIS 3D Analyst, you can view large sets of data in three dimensions from multiple viewpoints, query a surface, and create a realistic perspective image that drapes raster and vector data over a surface.
What can we do with ArcGIS 3D Analyst?
With ArcGIS 3D Analyst, you can
  • Analyze terrain data to determine what can be seen from different observation points.
  • Model subsurface features such as wells, mines, groundwater, and underground networks and facilities.
  • View and analyze impact zones from blasts and military threats.
  • Determine optimum facility placement or resource location.
  • Share 3D views, animations, and analyses with stakeholders and decision makers.
  • Create a 3D virtual city to support planning and maintenance
What is ArcGIS Spatial Analyst?
ArcGIS Spatial Analyst gives you more capabilities and tools to extend the power of ArcGIS for Desktop Advanced to perform a range of spatial modeling and analysis. Using ArcGIS Spatial Analyst, you can:
  • Create, query, map, and analyze cell-based raster data.
  • Perform integrated raster/vector analysis.
  • Derive new information from existing data.
  • Query information across multiple data layers.
  • Fully integrate cell-based raster data with traditional vector data sources.
What can we do with ArcGIS Spatial Analyst?
With ArcGIS Spatial Analyst tools, you can
  • Find suitable locations.
  • Calculate the accumulated cost of traveling from one point to another.
  • Perform land-use analysis.
  • Predict fire risk.
  • Analyze transportation corridors.
  • Determine pollution levels.
  • Perform crop yield analysis.
  • Determine erosion potential.
  • Perform demographic analysis.
  • Conduct risk assessments.
  • Model and visualize patterns.
What is ArcGIS Online?
ArcGIS Online provides a common platform to find, share, and organize geographic content and to build GIS applications. Through, the Web interface for ArcGIS Online, you can access maps, apps, and tools published by Esri and other GIS users, and share your own content with a broad community of users.
What can we do with ArcGIS Online?
ArcGIS Online provides a common platform to find, share, and organize geographic content. With ArcGIS Online, you can
  • Access free, high-quality and ready-to-use basemaps for your GIS projects.
  • Create and join groups to contribute your content and collaborate on specific projects.
  • Develop Web applications quickly with ArcGIS Web Mapping APIs and ready-to-use ArcGIS Online content.
  • Save time and money because you don't have to invest in additional infrastructure or staffing. ArcGIS Online is hosted by Esri and powered by ArcGIS for Server and Data Appliance for ArcGIS and new content is added and updated continually.
What is Esri Developer Network (EDN) subscription?
EDN offers annual subscriptions that provide a cost-effective way to license Esri ArcGIS products and tools for developers. The EDN subscriptions and website are the ultimate resources for developers responsible for building GIS applications and solutions. The EDN annual subscription gives you
  • An extensive suite of Esri software plus data and maps
  • Discounts on support and training
  • Access to new developer tools and technologies only available through EDN
  • An invitation to participate in selected beta releases
What can you do with Esri Developer Network (EDN) subscription?
With EDN, you can
  • Build and deploy custom desktop applications. Configure or customize Esri's ArcGIS for Desktop products.
  • Included in the Esri Developer Network (EDN) Subscription is ArcGIS for Server and the ArcGIS Mobile SDK.
  • Build Web services and other multiuser, server-based applications including mobile.
  • Integrate your geospatial information into an interoperable data storage and management framework.
  • Learn more about Esri Developer Network (EDN) subscription by visiting
What is ArcGIS for Server?
ArcGIS for Server software gives you the ability to create, manage, and distribute GIS services over the Web to support desktop, mobile and Web mapping applications. To create GIS services, you use ArcGIS for Desktop to author geographic content, such as maps and GIS tools, and then publish that content using ArcGIS for Server so that it can be used anywhere in your enterprise and on the Web. ArcGIS for Server simplifies access to GIS services for GIS professionals, mobile workers, as well as knowledge workers without any GIS experience. With ArcGIS for Server, you stay in control of your content through centralized management of spatial data, including imagery. In addition, ArcGIS for Server provides you with a scalable GIS server platform that can be deployed on a single machine to support small workgroups, or it can distributed across multiple servers for supporting enterprise applications. You can also deploy ArcGIS for Server on Cloud infrastructure.
What is the Esri Instructor-Led Online Classroom?
Esri instructor-led training courses can be taken from the convenience of your own desktop. Using the Internet, web conferencing software, and a telephone, Esri delivers an interactive online class led by a certified Esri instructor. You save on the costs associated with traveling to an off-site training location. Why train online?
What are the benefits of Esri’s instructor-led online classroom?
  • No need to travel-classes are scheduled in Central and Pacific time zones to make real-time instructor-led training convenient and accessible to everyone.
  • Hands-on practice with the latest Esri software. All Esri software is hosted remotely, and the instructor can shadow your computer if you need assistance during course exercises.
  • Ability to ask questions, get answers, and participate in class discussions and activities. You communicate with the instructor and other students using the telephone and chat.
  • Downloadable course materials, exercise data, and a course certificate of completion.
To learn more about training options, please visit

PCI Geomatics

What is GeoImaging Tools for ArcGIS Image Correction Module
GIS users can now rely upon GeoImaging Tools for ArcGIS Image Correction Module, offering accurate and efficient means of correcting raw imagery and opening new doors for the integration of remotely sensed imagery into GIS workflows. PCI Geomatics are the imagery experts with over 28 years of experience in building image-processing software.
What can we do with GeoImaging Tools for ArcGIS Image Correction Module
Use GeoImaging Tools for ArcGIS Image Correction Module to do the following:
  • Perform accurate change detection and feature extraction operations in the GIS using imagery corrected using GeoImaging Tools for ArcGIS Image Correction Module.
  • Improve registration accuracy through the collection of control points.
  • Correct many images simultaneously using block bundle adjustments by using tie-points to achieve even higher levels of registration accuracy.
  • Ingest raw scenes along with metadata and model information.
  • Refine raw scenes with GCPs - Collects Ground Control Points (GCPs) from various reference sources and use them to refine the nominal math model.
  • Refine Raw scenes with TPs - Collects Tie Points (TPs) from a set of overlapping scenes and refines the math model.
  • Write RPDefs to creates raster process definition (RPDef) files from input raster files that have a math model segment.
What sensors are supported in GeoImaging Tools for ArcGIS Image Correction Module
With GeoImaging Tools for ArcGIS Image Correction Module, you can now access a wide variety of optical and SAR satellites, which can all be corrected and ingested into ArcGIS. The following table shows a partial list of those sensors supported.
Satellite Sensors
  • GeoEye-1
  • HJ-1A / HJ-1B
  • Ikonos
  • Kompsat-2
  • Landsat-5 / Landsat-7
  • QuickBird
  • Spot-4 / Spot-5
  • WorldView-1/2
Radar Sensors
  • ASAR
  • TerraSAR-X
How does GeoImaging Tools for ArcGIS Image Correction Module, Integration work with ArcGIS
Version 2.1 of GeoImaging Tools for ArcGIS Image Correction Module is created as an extension for ArcGIS 10.1. To use it, users must have ArcGIS 10.1 and Python 2.7 installed on their system. The capabilities are implemented as a series of tools within the GeoProcessing toolbox, which can be linked together to form a repeatable workflow.
What is GeoImaging Tools for ArcGIS Radar Module?
These tools enable you to apply Geomatica’s powerful radar analysis functions in the ArcGIS environment. Use them to analyze radar data and find changes in radar imagery.
What can we do with GeoImaging Tools for ArcGIS Radar Module?
  • Perform Coherent Change Detection
  • Access to SAR utilities to enhance radar data such as Lee and Frost functions
  • Analyze Polymetric SAR data with functions like Carbox car
  • Use forty radar functions  in ArcGIS
How does GeoImaging Tools for ArcGIS Radar Module, Integration work with ArcGIS?
Version 3.0 of the tools is an extension of ArcGIS 10.1. To use it, you need Python 2.7 and ArcGIS 10. The capabilities are implemented as a series of tools within the geoprocessing toolboxes and can be used in Model Builder to link the tools together for repeatable workflows.
What is Geomatica 2012
PCI Geomatics’ Geomatica 2012 offers the most complete geo-imaging software solution to date. Geomatica is a single, integrated system for remote sensing and image processing.  
Why use Geomatica 2012
Geomatica 2012 is the definitive industry leader and the standard in remote sensing and image processing tools.
  • Geomatica 2012 breaks down the conventional divisions in traditional remote sensing, spatial analysis, and photogrammetry, cartography, web and development tools—all in a single, integrated environment. What does this mean for you?  Fewer errors, less wasted time, and greater productivity.
  • Full raster and vector integration and support for over 100 geospatial data formats, offering solutions for all your processing needs while maintaining complete interoperability with outside software technologies.
  • Powerful OrthoEngine® technology drives the efficient production of geometrically corrected images and mosaics.
  • Database access capabilities for Oracle, ODBC, Web Services and more.
What can we do with Geomatica 2012
  • Geomatica 2012 Focus – a state-of-the-art work environment that includes a fully georeferenced, file-based visualization tool including editing in an easy-to-use interface.
  • The power of Geomatica 2012 OrthoEngine® technology for efficient production of geometrically corrected images and mosaics.
  • Cartographic map production.
  • Standard image processing capabilities including image enhancements, filtering, resampling, reprojection and clipping.
  • Optical satellite image analysis including atmospheric correction, pixel-based image classification, contextual/fuzzy classification, neural network classification, and spectral unmixing.
  • Attribute management tools for analysis with your data including Attribute Manager for viewing, editing, querying and charting.
  • Direct access to more than 100 geospatial data formats through the PCI Geomatics exclusive Generic Database (GDB) technology.
  • 3-D perspective scene generation and fly-through.
Can we analyze radar data with Geomatica 2012
Yes! Radar analysis includes generation of radar brightness, generation of calibrated radar backscatter, SAR image change detection, texture analysis, multiple SAR speckle filters, and airborne RADAR processing tools.
Can we analyze hyperspectral data with Geomatica 2012
Yes. Hyperspectral data analysis support includes comprehensive metadata support, advanced model-based atmospheric correction, spectral mixing and unmixing, spectral angle mapper, end member selection, and scatter and spectra plotting.
Are there any workflow enhancement with Geomatica 2012
Geomatica runs on a comprehensive desktop automation environment with
  • Visual workflow modeling environment
  • Efficient batch–processing capabilities
  • Command-line scripting and modeling language
What is GeoImaging Accelerator(GXL)?
GeoImaging Accelerator (GXL) is a high volume production line system for both satellite and aerial data that can process terabytes of data in days instead of weeks. It uses GPUs and distributed parallel processing to achieve the high performance. GeoImaging Accelerator (GXL) allows for automated workflows and scalability of the system.
What can we do with GeoImaging Accelerator(GXL)?
  • Data Ingest–GeoImaging Accelerator (GXL) is designed to automatically recognize data formats and sensors, applying the relevant data ingest routine automatically. Additional processing occurs at the Data Ingest step, including automatic Ground Control Point collection. This provides the necessary information for automated image corrections along the GeoImaging Accelerator (GXL) end to end processing chain.
  • Ortheorectification–Parallel processing and GPU based performance provides significant speed improvements over conventional, single processing node systems to compute Rational Polynomial Functions and perform orthorectification in a fully automated manner, with or without ground control points (GCPs).
  • Pan-Sharpening–The pan– sharpening workflow fuses multi-spectral and panchromatic image data together, forming a high resolution multi-spectral dataset. Our pan sharpening routines yield extremely high quality output, providing stunning results.
  • Mosaic Preparation–This automated and GPU enhanced workflow collects information across all scenes in a project to determine optimal color balancing, create cut lines, and determine preferred z-ordering, providing all necessary elements to create high quality mosaics.
  • Mosaic Creation–This workflow takes the input from Mosaic Preparation and creates the desired output mosaic(s), with options for single file or tiled output.
  • Modular Architecture–the GeoImaging Accelerator (GXL) system can be deployed on readily available hardware, making full use of processing speed available. Multi-Core and GPU based processing nodes can be configured and added to the GXL system as needed. The GeoImaging Accelerator (GXL) system can grow and expand, alongside your production requirements.
  • Workflows – Ability to chain multiple processes together for a singular automated process.
  • Quality Assurance integration to edit and integrate corrections back into workflows.
  • Job Processing System–the Job Processing System is your entry point to GeoImaging Accelerator (GXL)  . It allows you to submit processing jobs, track progress, control processing nodes, as well as insert QA/QC breakpoints as required.
  • Real Time Footprint Display–Visual representation of progress of jobs over a geographical area.
  • Email Notification–GeoImaging Accelerator (GXL) can be configured to trigger automated emails, sending you information such as processing success rates, and any errors encountered. This allows you to remotely monitor the system and keep track of production to minimize downtime.
Why use GeoImaging Accelerator (GXL)?
  • GeoImaging Accelerator (GXL)  provides you with super computing power–PCI Geomatics has innovated with the development of GeoImaging Accelerator (GXL) as an early adopter of GPU based processing
  • Advanced Technology–PCI Geomatics invests heavily in R&D to improve processing speeds to achieve maximum throughput and leverage readily available off-the-shelf hardware.
  • Sensor Support–PCI Geomatics is known for its automated, rigorous satellite sensor support. PCI adds commercial satellite sensor models to its automated workflows as the sensors become available. The following sensors are available for inclusion in GXL custom deliveries.
  • System Configurations–the GeoImaging Accelerator (GXL) Satellite processing system can be configured according to your production throughput requirements. The most common configurations are the field, deskside and rack solutions – all are designed to provide you with processing throughput that’s tailored to your needs. The automated workflows are included in each configuration, and sensor packs can be added as required to meet requirements for processing requested satellite sensors.
  • High Speed Production–With GXL-Satellite, your production throughput will increase by up to 42X over conventional desktop orthorectification and mosaicing speeds.
  • High Quality Output–With GXL-Satellite, high quality output can be obtained in record time for a variety of satellite sensors.
Can GeoImaging Accelerator (GXL) be integrated into the Cloud?
Yes. PCI has recently taken the GeoImaging Accelerator (GXL) system and integrated within the Amazon Cloud environment. GeoImaging Accelerator (GXL) is fully compatible with Amazon and can be integrated with ArcGIS for Server to produce a complete end to end solution that involves processing raw level 0 imagery from vendor to a ortho-rectified/ pan-sharpened tiled cache for integration with ArcGIS web applications.

MacDonald, Dettwiler & Associates (MDA)

Who is MDA?
MDA is a company provides advanced information solutions essential for decision making. Its solutions capture and process large amounts of data, produce essential information, and improve the decision making and operational performance of business and government organizations worldwide. MDA holds the operating license for the RADARSAT-2 Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite.
What is Radar (SAR) data?
Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) is a radar imaging technique to create images of radar reflectivity of objects or distributed targets.  Higher resolution compared to conventional radar is achieved by integration of radar phase information. By appropriate selection of wavelength, SAR provides remote sensing independent of weather. Because SAR is an active imaging technique, it can operate in the day or night.
What is RADARSAT-2?
RADARSAT-2 Earth observation satellite that works along with RADARSAT-1, providing clients with long-term access to operationally responsive radar information. RADARSAT-1 and -2 offers the broadest range of information value available from a single space SAR constellation.
How can RADARSAT imagery be used?
The SAR phased array antenna presents several innovative features that enable a wider range of imaging modes that make its data ideal for maritime surveillance, oil spill and seep detection, hydrology, ice monitoring, surface movement monitoring, land target detection and classification, forestry, disaster management, change detection, agriculture, geology, and mapping and digital elevation models. The information produced is used worldwide by government and commercial clients.


Who is RapidEye?
RapidEye is a leading provider of quality high-resolution satellite imagery, operating its own constellation of five Earth Observation satellites. This constellation images over four million square kilometers of earth every day, and adds approximately one billion square kilometers of imagery to its archive every year. Having an unprecedented combination of wide-area repetitive coverage and five-meter pixel size multi-spectral imagery, RapidEye is a natural choice for many industries and governments. Since 2004, RapidEye has been headquartered near Berlin, Germany. It has additional offices in Alberta, Canada, and the Washington D.C. area.
What is multispectral data?
Multispectral images capture image data at specific frequencies across the electromagnetic spectrum. RapidEye's imager separates wavelengths using specially designed filters, including light from frequencies beyond the visible light range, which include RapidEye's Red Edge and Near-Infrared bands. Spectral imaging allows for the extraction of additional information that the human eye cannot see in the visible spectrum (red, green and blue).
What is RapidEye 5m multispectral data?
RapidEye data is captured in five discrete bands in the following ranges:
  • Blue — 440-510 nm
  • Green — 520-590 nm
  • Red — 630-685 nm
  • Red Edge — 690-730 nm
  • Near-Infrared (NIR) — 760-850 nm
What are the benefits of RapidEye 5m multispectral data?
RapidEye's 3A Ortho Product offers the highest level of processing available.
  • Radiometric, sensor and geometric corrections have been applied to the data. (Product accuracy depends on the quality of the ground control and DEMs used.)
  • RapidEye satellites are always less than 24 hours from anywhere on the globe.
  • RapidEye's satellites always image at a roll angle of less than 20 degrees.
  • 5m imagery works perfectly as background imagery, feature identification (bridges, roads, etc), and multiple land use/ land cover projects.

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