Remote Sensing and GIS links page


09 Jun 2015 - MawKernewek

Some time ago I posted a links page, I have added some more and rearranged it a bit:

Remote Sensing sensors and data:

  • Landsat home page at the US Geological Survey.
  • NASA Landsat Science page.
  • US geological survey Earth Explorer interface for accessing Landsat (and other) satellite data.
  • ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer) homepage. ASTER is an imaging instrument onboard Terra, the flagship satellite of NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS).
  • information on TERRASAR-X (Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite).
  • The SPOT series of commercially operated optical high-resolution multispectral satellites.
  • The European Space Agency's Copernicus programme (previously known as the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security programme (GMES)), including the current and upcoming Sentinel series of Earth observation satellites.
  • Including information on the Worldview series of satellites.
  • In 2000, the Space Shuttle flew a radar that produced a digital elevation map of the world. The 1 arcsecond data from that is now available for most of the world, previously only the USA had 1 arcsecond data publicly released, with the data covering the rest of the world released at 3 arcseconds resolution. Since September 2014, the 1 arcsecond data has been released for most of the world.

Earth-based Applications of Remote Sensing and GIS

Planetary Science Applications

Astronomy links

  • On August 21, 2017, millions of people across the United States will see nature's most wondrous spectacle — a total eclipse of the Sun. It is a scene of unimaginable beauty; the Moon completely blocks the Sun, daytime becomes a deep twilight, and the Sun’s corona shimmers in the darkened sky. This is your guide to understand, prepare for, and view this rare celestial event. March 20th 2015 eclipse in Faroe Island and Svalbard.
  • A website that details the passes of the International Space station, Iridium flares and other artificial satellites, as well as providing information on planets etc. visible in the sky.
  • Free planetarium software. The program enables you to draw sky charts, making use of the data in many catalogs of stars and nebulae. In addition the position of planets, asteroids and comets are shown.
  • Solar Eclipse prediction software, which shows the track of the moon's shadow on the Earth, and local circumstances including magnitude, start/end times and duration of totality for eclipses between 13000BC and 16999AD. Also see LmapWin for lunar eclipses.

Remote Sensing and GIS software, tutorials etc.

  • Dan Clewley's blog on open-source remote sensing software.
  • Online access to ArcGIS Help.
  • QGIS project page where you can find the free and open source QGIS software.
  • A self-paced course on free & open source software for geospatial (FOSS4G) applications from the Free and Open Source Software 4 Geo Academy. 5 self-paced courses using QGIS (and a bit of GRASS7) are available.
  • QGIS blog by QGIS developer and data visualisation specialist Anita Graser.
  • A GIS blog containing tips and tutorials on QGIS.
  • Blog by Luca Congedo, the author of the Semi-Automatic Classification Plugin for QGIS that allows for supervised Land Cover classifications.
  • This reference manual details the use of modules distributed with Geographic Resources Analysis Support System (GRASS), an open source (GNU GPLed), image processing and geographic information system (GIS).
  • Carleton University Open Source GIS tutorials.
  • a free and open source program to manage GPS data. This can import data from a GPS device and add map layers from OpenStreetMap and digital elevation model data.
  • GIS information portal.
  • Online converter in Javascript from Lat/Long to OSGB grid references and vice versa.
  • -Downloadable Grid Inquest software from the UK Ordnance Survey to convert between Lat/long and OSGB grid references. An online batch converter is also available.
  • An online database of spatial reference descriptions in a large number of geographic and projected coordinate systems.
  • Flex Projector is a freeware, cross-platform application for creating custom world map projections. The intuitive interface allows users to easily modify dozens of popular world map projections - the possibilities range from slight adjustments to making completely new projections. Flex Projector is intended as a tool for practicing mapmakers and students of cartography.
  • free open source image analysis software.
  • Geomorphons are a pattern recognition method of terrain analysis developed by Tomasz Stepinski and Jaroslaw Jasiewicz. It is available as a Web-based utility that allows users to calculate geomorphons maps from their own DEMs (for smaller datasets) and also as a GRASS7 module. Blog post including video of lecture about it.
  • Written by Prof. Jo Wood, LandSerf is a freely available Geographical Information System (GIS) for the visualisation and analysis of surfaces. Applications include visualisation of landscapes; geomorphological analysis; gaming development; GIS file conversion; map output; archaeological mapping and analysis; surface modelling and many others. It runs on any platform that supports the Java Runtime Environment (Windows, MacOSX, Unix, Linux etc. I used it myself in my dissertation on Martian glaciers.


HTML, CSS and Javascript

Online Mapping

Downloadable GIS data

Cartography and Data Visualisation Advice

Google Fusion Tables

GIS Data visualisation examples

General Mapping Fun

  • a lot of interesting things done with maps. warning: procrastination alert.
  • warning: procrastination alert.
  • A website (in German) with many examples of historical maps, including many examples of the Soviet Union's military maps at 1:500k and 1:1M scale, and among other things maps with various European powers realised as animals (often this is 1st world war propaganda - from all sides).
  • A business based in Cornwall, offering quality cartographic and design services on a contract basis for clients of all sizes.

Travel time maps

LaTeX (Document processing)

Art/Science collaboration

  • by Julian Ruddock. Website showing his projects that are based on art and science collaboration in relation to climate change.

Citizen Science and crowdsourced cloud computing


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