GBDX, a cloud centered GIS data platform provided by Earth-imaging and analysis company DigitalGlobe, has made its claims to relevancy by creating an increasingly complex digitized library of documented visual planetary changes. It’s a tool that can bring in a vast amount of new possibilities in data analytics for institutions looking to utilize GIS big data to its fullest extent.
The program itself is, as of this June, undergoing augmentations with Synthetic Aperture Radar data from RADARSAT-2, a satellite owned by MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. The addition of this data adds another level of complexity for analysis, by providing optic imagery from all types of possible weather and light variations that were previously unavailable for documentation. This gives users more ways to utilize GBDX, such as improved ability to scan locales for newly created man-made structures.
This high quality data leads to new potential for collaboration of data between this platform and other geospatial software creators. GIS professionals with access to multiple programs could add new levels of analytical complexity to their mapping applications, exceedingly so in the creation of maps serving environmental or infrastructural purposes.
Video from DigitalGlobe on GBDX:
- New Open Data Program Launched by DigitalGlobe
- Developing Earthquake Damage Maps from Satellite Imagery
- Using Satellite Data to Calculate Groundwater
- Using Remote Sensing to Measure the Affect of Drought on Ground Water