What is this data?

IKONOS is a commercial earth observation satellite, and was the first to collect publicly available high-resolution imagery at 1- and 4-meter resolution. It offers multispectral (MS) and panchromatic (PAN) imagery. The IKONOS launch was called by John E. Pike “one of the most significant developments in the history of the space age”. IKONOS imagery began being sold on January 1, 2000.  IKONOS is used to obtain both urban and rural mapping of natural resources and of natural disasters, tax mapping, agriculture and forestry analysis, mining, engineering, construction, and change detection.

Where is it available?

The Global Land Cover Facility (GLCF[1]) provides access to a restricted set of IKONOS imagery acquired through the NASA Science Data Purchase. Please note that these images are property of GeoEye and Digital Globe. GLCF also distributes four IKONOS scenes made available by GeoEye to help with the 2008 earthquake in the western Sichuan area of China.


[1] http://glcf.umd.edu/data/