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USGS Adds SPOT Imagery to Satellite Archive
Released: 3/20/2000

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The U.S. Geological Survey and SPOT Image Corporation have agreed to make 700,000 historical SPOT satellite images available to other federal agencies as early as this summer.

The SPOT imagery will complement the Landsat archive by substantially increasing the number of low-cloud-cover images and by filling gaps in Landsat coverage. In addition to environmental research, satellite data are used by customers worldwide in the government, commercial and educational communities for applications in areas such as forestry, agriculture, geology, oceanography, land mapping and geographic research.

"The USGS welcomes this opportunity to work with SPOT Image Corporation to get important information about the Earth’s landscape and the dynamics of change into the hands of users of satellite imagery," said USGS chief geographer Richard Witmer. "This partnership draws upon and enhances the capabilities of both organizations and provides another gateway to these data," Witmer said. "At the same time, the partnership helps ensure these data are preserved for future use."

The USGS EROS Data Center (EDC) in Sioux Falls, S.D., holds one of the world’s largest collections of aerial and satellite images of the Earth’s land surface. The EDC will permanently archive the SPOT scenes acquired over the United States from 1986 through 1998 as well as provide catalog query services, order fulfillment, and product generation to federal research and operational users. Products will be distributed at the cost of reproduction, plus a royalty fee paid to SPOT Image Corporation for use of the data. Users should continue to contact SPOT Image Corporation directly to order post-1998 imagery and non-U.S. imagery or to arrange for satellite programming to acquire images in the future.

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