ArcGIS Pro

What’s New in Imagery and Remote Sensing (ArcGIS Pro 2.3)

ArcGIS Pro 2.3 is the largest release of ArcGIS Pro to date, featuring more new and updated features than any previous release. Take advantage of the new imagery and remote sensing capabilities in ArcGIS Pro 2.3 to improve your workflows for image visualization and exploitation, analysis, map production, and management.

Here are just some of the imagery and remote sensing-related features you’ll find in ArcGIS Pro 2.3:


Image Management

ArcGIS Cloud Storage Connection files

ArcGIS is powered by a scalable and optimal information model for managing large volumes of imagery: the mosaic dataset. ArcGIS Pro 2.3 now enables you to make direct connections to cloud stores and to work with imagery natively as image layers in your project.

The new ArcGIS Cloud Store connection (ACS) file allows you connect to cloud stores directly, browse buckets/folders and access imagery in your project. AWS, Azure, and Alibaba are the currently supported cloud stores.

Direct connection to your cloud store
Direct connection to your cloud store


Map Production

Ortho mapping – processing aerial images

User experience enhancements improve the way you prepare aerial and scanned imagery for analysis. Frame and Camera table generation is now a guided step in the Ortho Mapping Workspace Wizard, as opposed to a manual process. Interior orientation for aerial scanned imagery can now be performed in ArcGIS Pro 2.3, and the UX supports multiple fiducial templates, which come in handy when you have varying quality of fiducials across the image.

Map production tools in ArcGIS Pro
Enhanced tools to prepare aerial and scanned imagery for analysis



Deep Learning and Image Classification

For years, ArcGIS has enabled you to classify remote sensing imagery using statistical and machine learning classification methods. Enhancing these capabilities at 2.3, we introduce the Deep Learning toolset, which enables you to incorporate deep learning models directly into your GIS workflows.


Deep learning tools in ArcGIS Pro
Deep learning tools in ArcGIS Pro


Raster Functions

ArcGIS Pro 2.3 expands the list of raster functions with additional statistical operators and distance functions, enabling you to design and run complex custom image processing algorithms as raster function chains. Seven new functions are available in this release:

ArcGIS Pro – Basic ArcGIS Spatial Analyst Extension ArcGIS Image Analyst Extension
Lookup Corridor – Wildlife corridor assessments Focal statistics – modeling such as fire growth, filtering data errors, anomaly detection, edge detection, land surface ruggedness calculation
Region Group – forestry applications Path Distance Allocation – Determining first responder management areas
Path Distance – Cross country mobility applications by the military
Path Distance Backlink – determine routes



Motion Imagery (Full Motion Video)

Motion Imagery, added in ArcGIS Pro 2.3, is the evolution of the Full Motion Video (FMV) add-In for ArcMap. Motion Imagery enables you to manage and interact with video that has embedded geospatial metadata. At 2.3, you can create and edit features in the video player and update existing feature classes, display GIS layers (e.g. building polygons, hydrology features, etc.) in the video player and the map view, and extract metadata from both live video feeds and archived videos.

Motion imagery (Full Motion Video) in ArcGIS
Motion imagery (Full Motion Video) in ArcGIS

Most of the functionality available in the FMV add-in for ArcMap is now fully integrated into Pro 2.3.  FMV now takes advantage of ArcGIS Pro’s powerful architecture, 3D scenes, asynchronous processing, smoother video playback, and better performance.


Additional resources

Get an overview of what’s new in ArcGIS Pro 2.3 in general.

Learn more about the Image Analyst extension and how to get it.

Learn how to get started with the Image Analyst extension.

Try out new features with sample data:

About the author

Principal Product manager on the Imagery team at Esri, with a zeal for remote sensing, AI and everything imagery.


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