Remote Sensing

Objective

Provide an overview of which organization has what type of very high-resolution imagery over which areas. Provide with satellite imagery purchasing agreements that ensures easy ordering, rapid access and reduced cost to data. Expand the range and objectives for the Space Charter to better comply with UN requirements.

Activities

Satellite imagery and other remotely sensed data are now an integral part of most members’ geospatial analysis. This Task Group facilitates finding and accessing very-high resolution imagery. It promotes sharing and purchasing data through the UN Systems Contract and other agreements in order to improve the use of same data among all UN organizations.

  • The UNOSAT web site provides a database of images available whole UN system. Currently populated with UNOPS Landsat and ASTER images, UN organizations are invited to upload metadata about images they wish to share with others, thus avoiding duplication of purchase.
  • Developing a UN Systems Contract for purchasing satellite data. This contract ensures significant discounts on a wider range of data and allows for multi-agency use of the data.
  • Developing an overview of which UN organization has expertise in specific fields specialization within Remote Sensing.
  • Global Landsat imagery from 1980, 1990 and 2000 has been provided free of charge to the UN in order to analyze changes during the past three decades.

Task managers

Alain Retiere and Einar Bjorgo (UNOPS-UNITAR-UNOSAT)