Up to 80 per cent of data used in the transport,
insurance, commerce, banking, industry and franchising sectors can be
georeferenced to derive more meaningful information. Population growth
and distribution in different zones of activity, and communication networks
and infrastructures are key factors in strategic planning and decision-making.
Satellite imagemaps produced by Spot Image and integrated in geographic
information systems help to understand projects more clearly and to
communicate them more effectively.
Eyes in the sky
With the advent of the space era, we humans caught our
first glimpse of the world where we live as it really looks. By giving us
the global picture, the first spacecraft extended our horizons and revealed
Earth in a completely new light.
Today, Earth observation satellites are vital asset for
science, industry and the military alike. Carrying ever-enhanced viewing instruments,
they can acquire repeat coverage of vast areas systematically and yield very
The SPOT satellites have set the standard for other
civil Earth observation systems to follow. They allow us to pick out objects
on the ground no larger than 10 metres-and soon only a few metres with SPOT
5-from images covering an area of 60 by 60 kilometres. Because their imaging
instruments can be steered off nadir for oblique viewing, they can acquire
imagery of an area of interest more frequently. And now, with SPOT 5, large-scale
acquisition of stereopair imagery will become a reality.
The SPOT satellites offer an objective and detailed view, repeat acquisition
and operational flexibility through daily satellite programming-key advantages
that are closely adapted to users' requirements across a wide spectrum of
SPOT data are a key component of large-scale
agricultural projects. Be it for combating drought, fighting pest attacks
or forecasting yields, the global coverage and revisit capability of
the SPOT satellites give agronomists, decision-makers and other stakeholders
in the farming sector the current information they need to support decisions.
Statistics published by the United Nations indicate
that only 44% of Earth's landmasses have been mapped at widely used
scales. What is more, many maps are out of date, unreliable and inaccurate.
SPOT imagery is an ideal tool for updating topographic maps and producing
thematic maps. SPOT data can be used as a basemapping solution in poorly
mapped regions or to fill in additional detail in existing maps and
databases of regions where coverage is more complete. SPOT's global
coverage makes it possible to acquire data on any region in the world.
Good forest management starts with good-quality
maps. SPOT satellite imagery facilitates small- and large-scale forecasting
of yields in wooded areas, thus enabling better protection and more
efficient management of natural resources. Global SPOT coverage makes
it possible to acquire reliable and up-to-date information anywhere
in the world.
SPOT data can be used as a basemapping solution in poorly mapped regions
or to fill in additional detail in existing maps and databases of regions
where coverage is more complete.
Natural disaster management
Nature can be unpredictable. In the event of
a flood, forest fire or volcano eruption, field teams rely on precise
predictive models, close real-time monitoring, emergency planning and
prediction of impacts for effective disaster response.
SPOT satellite imagery is a key tool for natural disaster management,
as it highlights the impacts of changes on the surface of the Earth. Whether
for studying long-term patterns or keeping track of a situation as it
evolves, the SPOT satellites' frequent revisit capability means that an
area of interest can be covered 11 times within a single 26-day orbital
cycle. And imagery from the global SPOT archive of nearly six million
scenes provides information on the natural environment as far back as
Geology and oil and mineral exploration
The SPOT satellites help to explore for gas, oil
and minerals, and to route pipelines across the globe. SPOT imagery
is a precious aid at all stages of a project, from preliminary studies
and environmental management to data interpretation and logistic organization.
Water resource management
SPOT imagery is a vital tool for developing
a more effective approach to water resource management, providing detailed
information about a specific site or a wider picture to reveal water
and soil interactions. Applications include emergency response in the
event of a natural disaster such as a flood and exploitation of water
resources for irrigation, leisure and other human activities.
Coastal studies and oceanography
Spot Image offers a range of products for studying
the marine environment, from coastal and sea-surface maps to iceberg
detection and oil spill tracking. Optical imagery providing global coverage
and combined with radar imagery responds to every need, even for remote
areas of interest.
Monitoring and surveillance
A thorough knowledge of terrain has always
been a decisive factor in the success of any military operation. Today,
Spot Image offers reliable and current images that give a realistic
picture of terrain before reaching the theatre of operations. The SPOT
satellites provide global coverage and rapid response in a crisis situation.
SPOT imagery is not classified and is therefore easily accessible.