GIS Data

Since January 1, 2000, more than 4.3 million scenes have been captured by Landsat satellites and made available to the public. Graph by Joshua Stevens, using data collected from the U.S. Geological Survey acquisitions archive.Since January 1, 2000, more than 4.3 million scenes have been captured by Landsat satellites and made available to the public. Graph by Joshua Stevens, using data collected from the U.S. Geological Survey acquisitions archive.

Cloud Computing Used to Analyze Landsat Imagery and Detect Deforestation

Landsat, NASA’s longest running initiative for the acquisition of Earth imagery, has generated nearly 50 trillion pixels of data by capturing one image per season, of every place on Earth, for the past 43 years, providing a treasure trove of data for researchers.

Spatial Analysis

By mapping out the seismic waves generated by human activity, researchers are able to create a map of underground conditions. Image: Nakata et al, 2015.By mapping out the seismic waves generated by human activity, researchers are able to create a map of underground conditions. Image: Nakata et al, 2015.

Stanford Geophysicists Map What Lies Beneath Southern California Using High-Resolution Sensors

Researchers at Stanford University are identifying hidden dangers beneath Earth’s surface in Southern California by measuring body waves from human activity on city streets and sidewalks.

Spatial Analysis

Spaceknow tracks manufacturing activity for over 6,000 industrial facilities in China using its "Satellite Manufacturing Index" (SMI) proprietary algorithms. Map: Spaceknow.Spaceknow tracks manufacturing activity for over 6,000 industrial facilities in China using its "Satellite Manufacturing Index" (SMI) proprietary algorithms. Map: Spaceknow.

Satellite Imagery Provides Insights to Global Questions and Changes the Data Landscape

Data extracted from satellite images have been helpful for tracking everything from the number of customers at retail and restaurant chains to tracking the rates of deforestation.

Spatial Analysis

A) View of the experimental area in the Forest of Bossou, Guinea. Researchers record the nut-cracking behavior every year, using several video cameras while staying behind a screen of vegetation, c. 20m distance from the wild chimpanzees using tools. B) Female using a stone hammer and anvil to crack open nuts. Note the assortment of stones on the right side which is provided by the researchers, along with the piles of nuts. From enito-Calvo A, Carvalho S, Arroyo A, Matsuzawa T, de la Torre I (2015).A) View of the experimental area in the Forest of Bossou, Guinea. Researchers record the nut-cracking behavior every year, using several video cameras while staying behind a screen of vegetation, c. 20m distance from the wild chimpanzees using tools. B) Female using a stone hammer and anvil to crack open nuts. Note the assortment of stones on the right side which is provided by the researchers, along with the piles of nuts. From enito-Calvo A, Carvalho S, Arroyo A, Matsuzawa T, de la Torre I (2015).

Chimpanzee Behavior Analyzed Using Innovative GIS Application Offers Insight to Our Human Past

A group of scholars has developed an innovative new application of GIS to understand stone tool use behaviors in chimpanzees during nut-cracking season.