Imagery & Remote Sensing

World Imagery Updates for Africa and More

Earlier this month, we announced several updates to the World Imagery basemap as part of the March updates to ArcGIS Online.  Well, those updates are continuing and this week we have released another large batch of updates with DigitalGlobe and other Community Map imagery.  With this latest release, we have updated most of Africa as well as large areas in Central Asia, South America, and Alaska.  In addition, we have updated several metro areas around the world with more recent or detailed imagery.

The map below highlights (in yellow) the areas that have been updated in this latest release, and the areas (in orange) that were previously updated in just the last 6 months.

World Imagery Updates March 2017

This is the latest in a series of updates to our World Imagery basemap with imagery provided by DigitalGlobe.  This update includes Basemap +Vivid imagery, which is now available at 1m resolution (down to Level 17) for the areas in Africa, Central Asia, South America, and Alaska shown above.  This update also includes Basemap +Metro sub-meter resolution (down to Level 19) imagery for several dozen metropolitan areas around the world.  The latest DigitalGlobe imagery significantly improves upon the image currency and quality in these countries and cities, as you can see for a few sample areas (tabs 25-30) in the story map below.

Over the next few months, Esri will continue to release regular updates to the World Imagery basemap with latest available imagery from both Basemap +Vivid and Basemap +Metro products.

Community Maps Imagery

In addition to this, we have also published new or updated imagery for the communities below:

We would like to thank these contributors for sharing their imagery so it can be made available as part of our World Imagery map.  If you have imagery that you’d like to share, please visit our Esri Community Maps for Imagery site to get started!

About the author

Deane Kensok has been with Esri since 1990 and is currently the ArcGIS Content CTO and a member of the Living Atlas team. For the past twenty years, Deane has worked on a variety of Internet mapping and data publishing products and projects, which have led to his current work with ArcGIS Online and the Living Atlas.

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