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: elevation
Costs: free
Format: export data, export map
Publisher: National Science Fundation (NSF)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Pollution
Format: statistical data (e.g. graphs)
Publisher: Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE)
OpenPopGrid.Image:University of Southhampton
Type: baseline data
Costs: free
Format: export data
Geofabrik Download. Image:Geofabrik
Type: baseline data
Costs: free
Format: export data
Publisher: Geofabrik GmbH
OSM_Landuse. Image: HeiGIT
Type: land use, land cover data
Costs: free
Format: export data
Publisher: Geographic Institute Heidelberg University
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Flood
Format: visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: Nigeria National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA)
Type: satellite data or aerial image
Costs: paid
Format: export data
Publisher: United States Geological Survey (USGS), GeoEye Inc.
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Drought, Earthquake, Extreme Temperature, Flood, Forest Fire, Mass Movement, Pollution, Severe Storm, Tsunami, Volcanic Eruption
Format: visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: Pacific Disaster Center (PDC)
Type: baseline data
Costs: free
Format: web processing/cloud computing
Publisher: Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) - Columbia University, German Aerospace Center (DLR), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Drought, Mass Movement, Flood, Severe Storm
Format: export data, export map, visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT)
Type: baseline data, hazard specific data, land use, land cover data, satellite data or aerial image
Costs: free
Hazard: Insect Infestation, Epidemic, Forest Fire, Drought, Earthquake, Tsunami, Flood, Extreme Temperature
Format: export data, export map
Publisher: VITO
Type: satellite data or aerial image
Costs: free
Hazard: Drought, Volcanic Eruption, Earthquake, Mass Movement, Tsunami, Landslide, Flood, Severe Storm, Pollution
Format: export data, export map
Publisher: Canadian Space Agency (CSA)
Type: satellite data or aerial image
Costs: free with restrictions
Hazard: Drought, Volcanic Eruption, Earthquake, Mass Movement, Tsunami, Flood, Severe Storm, Pollution
Format: export data
Publisher: Canadian Space Agency (CSA)
Type: hazard specific data, satellite data or aerial image
Costs: free
Hazard: Insect Infestation, Epidemic, Harmful Algal Bloom, Forest Fire, Drought, Volcanic Eruption, Earthquake, Mass Movement, Tsunami, Flood, Severe Storm, Extreme Temperature, Pollution
Format: export data, export map, statistical data (e.g. graphs), visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: Radiant Earth Foundation
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Drought, Mass Movement, Flood
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, Mass Movement, Severe Storm
Format: visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Type: land use, land cover data
Costs: free
Hazard: Forest Fire, Drought, Extreme Temperature
Format: export data
Publisher: Global Observation of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD), European Space Agency (ESA), Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS)
Type: baseline data, land use, land cover data, satellite data or aerial image
Costs: free
Hazard: Drought, Earthquake, Extreme Temperature, Pollution, Tsunami
Format: export data, export map, statistical data (e.g. graphs), visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring), web processing/cloud computing
Publisher: Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD)
Screenshot of Remote Sensing Systems (RSS)
Type: hazard specific data, satellite data or aerial image
Costs: free
Hazard: Harmful Algal Bloom, Drought, Tsunami, Severe Storm, Extreme Temperature, Pollution
Format: export data, visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: Remote Sensing Systems (RSS)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Drought, Forest Fire, Earthquake, Mass Movement, Tsunami, Volcanic Eruption, Flood, Extreme Temperature, Severe Storm
Format: export data, export map, statistical data (e.g. graphs), visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)

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