Data Sources

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This database provides descriptions of a large variety of satellite imagery, elevation models, land use and land cover maps as well as near real-time data products for different hazard types. You can search the database by data type or hazard as well as by other relevant factors including costs, temporal or spatial coverage, satellite or file types.

When you select a specific country under "spatial coverage", please note that the system will retrieve datasets that are exclusively carrying information for that specific country (and no other country). This means that global datasets, which include information for a particular country of interest as well as for other countries, will not be displayed. As a result, it is recommended to start with a global search.

The results of each search are connected to other items on the UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal, such as the database of GIS and remote sensing software and the descriptions of natural hazards.

To support Member States in identifying and accessing relevant space-based information, UN-SPIDER also creates booklets that provide an overview of data sources listed on these pages and of particular interest to the countries it is providing technical advisory support to. The following booklets are available:

- Tunisia

- Ethiopia

- Cameroon

Type: satellite data or aerial image
Costs: free with restrictions
Format: export data
Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Type: elevation, satellite data or aerial image
Costs: free
Format: export data, export map
Publisher: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Type: elevation, satellite data or aerial image
Costs: paid
Format: export data
Publisher: Amazon
Screenshot of Application for Extracting and Exploring Analysis Ready Samples (AppEEARS)
Type: hazard specific data, satellite data or aerial image
Costs: free
Hazard: Harmful Algal Bloom, Forest Fire, Drought, Tsunami, Flood, Severe Storm, Extreme Temperature, Pollution
Format: export data
Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Flood
Format: export data, export map, visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: World Resources Institute (WRI)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Flood
Format: export map
Publisher: World Resources Institute
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Drought, Forest Fire
Format: export data, visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Center
Type: baseline data, land use, land cover data
Costs: free
Format: export data, web processing/cloud computing
Publisher: World Food Programme (WFP)
Type: baseline data, elevation, hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Drought, Extreme Temperature, Flood, Severe Storm
Format: export data, export map, visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: World Food Programme (WFP)
Screenshot of Copernicus Global Land Service
Type: satellite data or aerial image
Costs: free
Hazard: Forest Fire, Drought, Flood, Extreme Temperature
Format: export data, export map
Publisher: Copernicus GIO Global Land Service
Screenshot of Copernicus Global Land Service
Type: hazard specific data, land use, land cover data
Costs: free
Hazard: Forest Fire, Drought, Extreme Temperature
Format: export data, export map
Publisher: Copernicus GIO Global Land Service
Costs: free
Hazard: Forest Fire
Format: export data, export map, statistical data (e.g. graphs)
Publisher: Joint Research Centre (JRC)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Forest Fire
Format: visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: Natural Resources Canada
Screenshot of Cartographic Section of United Nations
Type: baseline data, hazard specific data, land use, land cover data, satellite data or aerial image
Costs: free
Format: visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: United Nations Geospatial Information Section (formerly Cartographic Section)
Type: land use, land cover data
Costs: free
Format: export data
Publisher: European Space Agency (ESA)
Type: elevation, land use, land cover data
Costs: free
Hazard: Flood
Format: export data
Publisher: United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Drought, Flood, Forest Fire, Mass Movement
Format: export data, visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Drought, Flood, Forest Fire, Mass Movement
Format: export data, visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Drought, Epidemic, Extreme Temperature, Flood, Pollution, Severe Storm
Format: export data, export map, visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Climate Scale interactive web map
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free with restrictions
Hazard: Climatological, Meteorological
Format: visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: Climate Scale

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