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: baseline data, hazard specific data, land use, land cover data
Costs: free
Hazard: Drought, Flood
Format: visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: Information Technology for Humanitarian Assistance, Cooperation and Action (ITHACA)
JAXA Climate Rainfall Watch. Image: JAXA
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Drought, Flood, Severe Storm, Extreme Temperature
Format: export data, export map, visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Screenshot of Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)
Type: satellite data or aerial image
Costs: free
Format: export data, export map
Publisher: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Type: land use, land cover data
Costs: free
Format: export data
Publisher: European Space Agency (ESA)
Screenshot of Land Cover and Land Cover Change, Himalaya region (FAO)
Type: land use, land cover data
Costs: free
Format: export data
Publisher: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Type: land use, land cover data
Costs: free
Format: export data
Publisher: Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
Type: land use, land cover data
Costs: free
Format: export data
Publisher: The European Environment Agency (EEA)
Type: land use, land cover data
Costs: free
Format: export data
Publisher: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Type: land use, land cover data
Costs: free
Format: export data, export map
Publisher: Joint Research Centre (JRC)
Type: land use, land cover data
Costs: free
Format: export data
Publisher: National Geomatics Center of China
Type: land use, land cover data
Costs: free
Format: export data, export map
Publisher: United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Type: land use, land cover data
Costs: free
Publisher: Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) of Pakistan
Type: land use, land cover data
Costs: free
Format: export data
Publisher: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Type: land use, land cover data
Costs: free
Format: export data
Publisher: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Type: land use, land cover data
Costs: free
Format: export data
Publisher: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Type: land use, land cover data
Costs: free
Format: export data
Publisher: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Type: land use, land cover data
Costs: free
Format: export data
Publisher: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Type: land use, land cover data
Costs: free
Format: export data
Publisher: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Costs: free
Format: export data
Publisher: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Screenshot of Land Surface Temperature
Type: hazard specific data, land use, land cover data, satellite data or aerial image
Costs: free with restrictions
Hazard: Insect Infestation, Epidemic, Forest Fire, Drought, Severe Storm, Extreme Temperature, Pollution
Format: export data, export map, visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring), web processing/cloud computing
Publisher: Copernicus

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