USGS Land Remote Sensing Program

The German Remote Sensing Data Center

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Earth Observation Data Acquisition and Analysis Service (NEODAAS)  (UK)

Remote Sensing Data Sets at the NCI (Australia)

National Remote Sensing Center (India)

Microwave data from RSS

Weather and Climate

The GOES Project – real-time images from the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites

SSEC Realtime Data – current satellite data compiled by the University of Wisconsin

NRL Monterey Satellite Products – real-time images from GOES, Meteosat and GMS

Weather World 2010 – integrating current and archived weather data with multimedia instructional resources. Part of The Daily Planet

University of Hawaii Meteorology – current weather maps and satellite images, plus Hawaii weather forecasts and surf reports

Current infrared and visible images from Meteosat (Europe & Africa – text is in German)

NASA Global Change Master Directory – comprehensive source of information about Earth science, environmental, biosphere, climate, and global change data holdings available to the scientific community throughout the world

IRI/LDEO Climate Data Library from the Columbia University LDEO (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory)


Earth Images from Space

Digital Image Collection at NASA/Johnson Space Center (photographs from Space Shuttle and Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Skylab programs)

Planetary Photojournal – images of the planets from the US space program

Earth from Space: An Astronaut’s View of the Home Planet – photographs taken by NASA Space Shuttle astronauts.

Oceanography from the Space Shuttle – photographs taken by NASA astronauts aboard the space shuttle, highlighting oceanographic phenomena that are especially apparent to the human eye from space. Topics include coastlines, islands, local winds, waves, ship wakes, pollution, spiral eddies, and suloys.

The Canada Centre for Remote Sensing provides a comprehensive set of Landsat and SPOT images of Canada. Text is available in both English and French.


Space and Astronomy

The Project Galileo server describes the Galileo mission to Jupiter, and includes remote sensing imagery of the encounter with Ganymede (the largest moon in the solar system).

Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) Image Archive

Hubble Space Telescope images, movies and information

Current images of the Sun at the Solar Data Analysis Center.

SOHO – Solar and Heliospheric Observatory

Welcome to the Planets – NASA/JPL images from planetary exploration programs

Images of Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9’s impact with Jupiter are available from Goddard and JPL.

COHOWeb – WWW-based data retrieval and analysis interface to NSSDC’s COHO data, which consist of multi-spacecraft magnetic field, plasma, and ephemeris data. Includes data from Helios 1, Helios 2, Pioneer 10, Pioneer 11, Pioneer Venus Orbiter, Voyager 1, and Voyager 2 spacecraft.


Remote Sensing Archives

 Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs)

Goddard DAAC – atmospheric dynamics, upper atmosphere, global biosphere

JPL PO.DAAC – physical oceanography

Global Hydrology Resource Center (Marshall DAAC) – hydrology

Oak Ridge DAAC – biogeochemical dynamics

ASF DAAC – Alaska Synthetic Aperture Radar Facility

Other Archives

Imaging Radar Home Page – data, images, animations, and information


Specific Instruments


NASA Landsat page


Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES)

The GOES Project


Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometers (AVHRR)

Other Instruments

Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) – joint NASA/Japan satellite to measure global tropical rainfall

Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) data archive

SPOT (Reston VA server; server in France also available) – Satellite Pour l’Observation de la Terre (data available for a fee)

AVIRIS (Airborne Visible Infrared Imaging Spectrometer) – optical sensor used for Earth remote sensing flown on a NASA ER-2 airplane

Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) – will be used to obtain detailed maps of surface temperature as well as digital elevation maps of surface features (launch in 1998 on EOS AM-1)

SeaWiFS (Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor), launched in August 1997, measures global ocean bio-optical properties. Images and data are available on line.

RADARSAT – Canadian synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite “to monitor environmental change and to support resource sustainability”

Topex/Poseidon – The Ocean Topography Experiment – US/France cooperative project to develop an advanced satellite system for observing the Earth’s oceans

Measurement of Air Pollution from Satellites (MAPS) – measures the global distribution of carbon monoxide (CO) in the free troposphere

Advanced Communication Technology Satellite (ACTS) – provides for the development and flight test of high-risk, advanced communications satellite technology

Combined Release and Radiation Effects Satellite (CRRES) – mission to perform active experiments by chemical releases in the Earth’s magnetosphere and ionosphere, to study the natural space environment and its effects on spacecraft electronics, and to study low altitude irregularities of the ionosphere


Projects and Organizations

World Meteorological Organization (specialized agency of the United Nations) [Switzerland]

Earth Observation Guide and Directory Service (European Space Agency) [Italy]

Flagstaff Terrestrial Remote Sensing Group [US]

Environmental Satellite Data Centre [Sweden]

Centre National d’ Études Spatiales (CNES) – [France]

NASDA Earth Observation Center [Japan]

German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ) [Germany]

German Remote Sensing Data Center [Germany]

Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) [Netherlands]

EOSAT (Earth Observation Satellite Company) – provides satellite imagery, operates Landsat, markets data from India’s IRS satellite

South African Weather Bureau [South Africa]

EOS Volcanology – The volcanology team focuses on the use of satellite remote sensing to study volcano



Satellite Situation Center – provides coordinates of observational satellites as a function of time


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