SPOT: Resource Center for SPOT Imagery

SPOT satellite data and UCSB

What is SPOT at UCSB

The Resource Center for SPOT Imagery was established to provide UCSB researchers, students and employees access to SPOT imagery for the U.S. and Canada. Our goal is to assist UCSB in becoming the preeminent academic institution in research and education utilizing Earth remote sensing.

  • The SPOT at UCSB program is intended solely for use by UCSB researchers, students, and employees.
  • SPOT data is subject to licensing and its use is restricted to approved participants, see licensing.
  • Requests for SPOT data require submission of some information for our records and an understanding of the licensing restrictions.
  • Archived data for the U.S. and Canada may be obtained at no cost.

Technical information on SPOT

SPOT Image is the worldwide distributor of geographic information products and services derived from the Spot Earth observation satellites that are owned by CNES operated by SPOT Image. The system of commercial high resolution satellites include:

  • SPOT 2 & 4 (10m Pan - 20m Multispectral)
  • SPOT 5 (10m XS - 2.5m Pan)

Specifications & Capabilities:

  • High Spatial Resolution Imagery (2.5m to 20m)
  • Satellites may be programmed (tasked)
  • Multispectral and Panchromatic
  • Multiple cameras (stereo viewing)
  • 60 x 60km Scenes
  • 1-2 Day Revisit
  • 500,000 New Acquisitions Annually
  • 10 Millions Scenes in Global Archive

Interested in reading more technical information on SPOT satellite performance? This 25 page PDF file provides an overview of SPOT1, SPOT2, SPOT4 and SPOT5 image quality performance: (pdf) SPOT Performance.

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