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On this page you will find information and links for a few types of datasets and resources that are in the process of being provisioned to support data accessibility and more effective adoption of earth science and remote sensing data for humanitarians! These data include a selection publicly available NASA assetts that have been selected to support innovation around specific humanitarian use cases, special access to donated private assetts, geospatial tools and resources, and information regarding their access and use.

SatVu Limited Release High Resolution Thermal Imagery! >

NASA Resources

MODIS Land Surface Temperature (LST) Data
Mission and Use: The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instruments aboard NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites capture global data that include temperature, vegetation, cloud properties, and other phenomena. LST data is crucial for studying urban heat islands, agricultural conditions, and climatic processes.
Format: Available in HDF and GeoTIFF formats.
Coverage: Global
Access: Accessible through NASA’s Earthdata Search at NASA Earthdata.

Private Sector

SatVu Thermal Imagery


Lifelines Featured Data Provider!

Mission and Use: SatVu Thermal Imagery is designed to enhance environmental and humanitarian responses by providing high-resolution thermal data. This imagery is crucial for identifying wildfires, analyzing urban heat islands, and optimizing energy use in densely populated areas. It supports disaster response teams in assessing damages, aids urban planners in heat mitigation strategies, and equips environmental scientists with critical data for studying climate impacts.

Data Formats: The thermal imagery is typically available in TIFF (GeoTIFF) format, providing compatibility with most GIS software, facilitating easy integration into existing mapping and analysis workflows.

Coverage: The provisioned SatVu Thermal data covers areas of importance for humanitarian efforts around the globe, and represents a diverse selection of geographies and potential interventions.

Licensing and Accessibility: Generously provided at no cost by SatVu, the thermal imagery is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC-BY-NC 4.0) license. This license allows users to use, share, and adapt the data for non-commercial purposes, as long as SatVu is credited, providing a valuable resource for academic researchers, non-profit organizations, and governmental agencies focused on environmental monitoring and humanitarian efforts.
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Public Sector/International Assets

National Land Cover Database (NLCD)
Mission and Use: Maintained by the USGS, the NLCD provides comprehensive land cover data across the U.S., which is crucial for environmental management and urban planning.
Format: Available in GeoTIFF format.
Coverage: US
Access: Available from the Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics Consortium website at MRLC.