U-Spatial has unique access to a number of spatial data resources. These include high resolution commercial satellite imagery from DigitalGlobe, recent National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) imagery, and MetroGIS parcel data for the seven Twin Cities metropolian counties.
Commercial Satellite Imagery
The University of Minnesota has been selected as one of only two universities in the country to gain open access to DigitalGlobe Basemap, an online map and database of current, high-resolution satellite imagery of the globe. Commercial satellite imagery has become an invaluable tool for applications such as mapping, environmental research, agriculture, national defense, energy exploration, disaster response, and human rights monitoring and enforcement. Access to DigitalGlobe Basemap creates vast new possibilities for academic research and education at the University of Minnesota.
DigitalGlobe Basemap features millions of square kilometers of current and archive imagery captured by DigitalGlobe’s industry-leading satellite constellation over the past 15 years, including imagery from WorldView-3, DigitalGlobe’s newest satellite that collects imagery with 30 cm ground resolution.
All University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff can access the DigitalGlobe Basemap by filling out the access request form or attending one of our DigitalGlobe Basemap workshops. Please contact the U-Spatial Help Desk with any questions about the DigitalGlobe Basemap.
Additional Imagery for Federally Funded Research
UMN users who are working on federally funded research projects can request access to global commercial satellite imagery resources beyond what is available in the DigitalGlobe Basemap by contacting the U-Spatial Help Desk.
National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP)
UMN users can access 2015 Minnesota NAIP imagery by contacting the U-Spatial Help Desk.
Twin Cities Metropolitan Area County Parcels
UMN users can access 2006-2015 Twin Cities seven county metropolitan area parcel data by contacting the U-Spatial Help Desk.