Satellite Data Applications

Get inspired to start analyzing satellite data with this list of potential applications. While this list is not exhaustive, we hope the following 200 examples kickstart your creativity and help you unlock the potential of satellite data.

 
ApplicationAction
Agriculture
1
Soil composition assessmentIdentify
2
Cloud cover assessmentMeasure
3
Ground water content surveyMeasure
4
Terrain stability Measure
5
Crop volume monitoringTrack
6
Crop health monitoringTrack
7
Animal migrationTrack
8
Pollinating insect patterns Track
9
Location of nearby reservoirsIdentify
10
"Precision Farming"Identify
11
Monitoring fertilization progressTrack
12
Analyzing seasonal operations vs. weather vs. harvestPlan
13
Fixed irrigation infrastructure planningPlan
14
Disease identification in nearby vegetationIdentify
15
Global crop volume projectionsMeasure
Financial Markets
16
Market intelligenceTrack
17
Portfolio management productsTrack
18
Progress tracking of assetsTrack
19
Competitor intelligenceIdentify
20
Global situational awarenessIdentify
21
Change detection for competitive intelligenceTrack
Forestry
22
Forest type identification Identify
23
Tree species identificationIdentify
24
Tree height identificationIdentify
25
Tree stress (e.g. infestation, diseases, etc.)Identify
26
Harvest volume calculationMeasure
27
Harvest mappingTrack
28
Disruption impact monitoringTrack
29
Stockpile monitoringTrack
30
Road construction planningPlan
31
Gravel pit mappingMeasure
32
Terrain analysisIdentify
33
Digital Elevation ModelsIdentify
34
Regeneration PlanningPlan
35
Regeneration Monitoring Track
36
Cloud Cover Surveys (Regeneration Area)Measure
37
Operational Site FlowTrack
38
Tree fall clearance monitoring and notificationTrack
39
Global lumber harvest volume projectionsMeasure
40
Identification of illegal forestry on propertyIdentify
41
Assess and map forest fire risk and provide situational awareness of fires
Identify
42
Assess and manage forest fire risk to facilities and infrastructure
Measure
43
Insect RiskMeasure
Insurance
44
Flood on property riskMeasure
45
Fire on property riskMeasure
46
Insect damage riskMeasure
47
Preliminary damage assessmentIdentify
48
Identification of fraudulent claimsIdentify
49
Earthquake riskMeasure
50
Risk assessment for index insuranceMeasure
51
Monitoring of risky sitesTrack
52
Project remediation costsIdentify
53
Port activityTrack
54
Marine transportation riskTrack
55
Identification of fault linesTrack
56
Air transportation riskTrack
57
Business interruption risk Track
58
Predicting disaster response costsMeasure
59
FiremappingPlan
60
Forecasting landslide locationsPlan
61
Geohazard exposure analysisMeasure
62
Historical metocean data for high level risk assessmentPlan
63
Identification of fault linesIdentify
Mapping
64
Position/Orbit DeterminationTrack
Maritime and Fishery
65
Ocean roughness trackingTrack
66
Ocean colourMeasure
67
Monitoring chlorophyll distributions Measure
68
Ocean temperature monitoringTrack
69
Monitor fish spawning seasonsTrack
70
Optimize shipping routesPlan
71
Monitor El Nino patternsTrack
72
Detecting oil spillsIdentify
73
DEMs for the ocean floorsIdentify
74
Algae growthTrack
75
Monitor glacier meltTrack
76
Tracking positions of large icebergsTrack
77
Tracking sediment and pollution in riversTrack
78
Monitoring marine mammal migration patternsTrack
79
Identify illegal fishing activityIdentify
80
Monitor acidification of oceansTrack
81
Assess coastal environment for infrastructure planningTrack
82
Change detection of coastline migrationTrack
83
Coastal elevation data for tsunami risk analysisPlan
84
Coastal morphologyTrack
85
Coastal resource mapping of mangroves, coral reefs, wetlands and sandbanks
Plan
86
Coastal sediment dynamics, estuarine fronts and land-ocean interactions
Track
87
Coastal UpswellingTrack
88
Convective downburst monitoringIdentify
89
Current at depth observationsTrack
90
Distribution and abundance of seabirdsMeasure
91
Historic records of currents at depthMeasure
92
Historic records for surface currentsMeasure
93
Historic records for wavesMeasure
94
Historic records for wind patternsMeasure
95
Monitor sea level riseTrack
Media
96
Natural disaster coverageIdentify
97
Humanitarian crisisTrack
98
War Zone coverageIdentify
99
Economic developmentMeasure
100
International sporting events (i.e. Olympics)Identify
101
Environmental reportingMeasure
Mining
102
Mineral explorationIdentify
103
Human Activity ImpactMeasure
104
Vegetation ImpactMeasure
105
Water table disruptionMeasure
106
Mine site operational analysisPlan
107
Pit mappingMeasure
108
Tailing pond monitoringTrack
109
Road construction planningPlan
110
Operational effectiveness surveyPlan
111
Rehabilitation progressTrack
112
Site security monitoringTrack
113
Pit Stability MonitoringMeasure
114
Competitor stockpile volume assessmentsMeasure
115
Competitor pit size analysisMeasure
116
Air quality (emissions monitoring)Track
117
Anticipation areas of high seismic impedanceIdentify
118
Assessing terrain stability for infrastructure planning in permafrost environments
Measure
119
Assessment of duricrusts and rock excavatabilityMeasure
120
Characterisation of surface/near-surface structural geological properties for infrastructure planning
Identify
121
Creating and ecosystem inventory prior to explorationPlan
122
Early identification of potential hydrocarbon basins Identify
123
Ecosystem valuation of potential sitesPlan
124
Ice accretion patternsMeasure
Not-for-Profit / Humanitarian
125
Identifying poaching threats in AfricaIdentify
126
Natural Disaster Damage AssessmentMeasure
127
Natural Disaster Recovery PlanningPlan
Oil & Gas
128
Detect seismic lines and well locationsIdentify
129
Identify rock type on a siteIdentify
130
Measure terrain stability of siteMeasure
131
Identify active and inactive basin areasIdentify
132
Remotely map preserved areasPlan
133
Identify road access to siteIdentify
134
Plan site infrastructurePlan
135
Optimize pipeline routesPlan
136
Identify most promising well locations on-siteIdentify
137
Leakage detectionIdentify
138
Environmental impact analysisMeasure
139
Extent of deforestationMeasure
140
Facility operations management and growth management
Monitor
141
Optimize oil tanker routesPlan
142
Detecting and responding to oil spillsIdentify
143
Monitor oil reservesTrack
144
Project oil commodity pricesMeasure
145
Air quality monitoring on an airshed and site specific basis
Track
146
Assessing ground deformation to support enhanced recovery operations
Measure
147
Baseline and monitoring of areas with active faults and subsidence
Track
148
Creating basemaps in politically sensitive regionsPlan
149
Detecting of oil contamination and oil seepsIdentify
150
Determine historical ground movement for pipeline routing
Measure
151
Environmental analysis prior to drillingPlan
152
Metocean conditions hindcast and forecast prior to drilling
Plan
Public Infrastructure
153
Traffic volume demand mappingIdentify
154
Manage flooding from damsPlan
155
Monitor riverbed armouring around damsIdentify
156
Environmental impacts of dammingPlan
157
Monitoring temperature change caused by dammingTrack
158
Optimize placement of waterlinesPlan
159
Optimize placement of communication linesPlan
160
Monitor buildup of landfillsTrack
161
Optimize placement of rail tracksPlan
162
Plan emergency routes to high frequency locationsPlan
163
Airport traffic flow managementTrack
164
Emergency response route at airportsPlan
165
Preliminary zoning assessments Identify
166
Monitoring air qualityTrack
167
Optimize routes for public transportationPlan
168
Optimizing solar panel outputMeasure
169
Urban planningTrack
170
Monitoring preserved landTrack
171
Identify improper waste removal from manufacturing plants
Identify
172
Optimize radiocommunications infrastructurePlan
173
Assess potential project site for historical useIdentify
174
Assessing the social impact of construction work Track
175
Assessment of infrastructure placement and effects to the surrounding environment
Track
176
Detection of unexpected methane leakage on a regional base
Identify
177
Determine historical ground movement for infrastructure planning
Measure
178
Estimating ground bearing capacityMeasure
179
Floodplain mapping and understanding flood extent and flood frequency
Plan
Environment
180
Assess fragmentation of natural habitat and cumulative disturbance
Track
181
Assess habitat for key species for environmental baseline and/or impact assessment
Identify
182
Detecting ecosystem damagesIdentify
183
Detecting hydrocarbon leaksIdentify
184
Detecting and monitoring of pollutant dischargesIdentify
185
Forecasting river migration patternsPlan
186
Forecasting sand dune migrationPlan
187
Monitoring soil moisture contentTrack
188
Counting the endangered populations of large animalsMeasure
189
Tracking the migration patterns of large animalsTrack
190
Monitor and plans response to forest firesPlan
191
Identify illegal logging activity in the AmazonIdentify
192
Monitor the effects of global warmingTrack
193
Monitoring protected wetlandsTrack
194
Performing a human impact studyMeasure
195
Developing a water management systemPlan
196
Monitoring the thermal activity of volcanoesTrack
197
Identifying large scale vegetation die-offIdentify
198
Studying Earth's geologic compositionIdentify
199
Measuring the volume of a snowpackMeasure
200
Measuring albedo to understand Earth's radiationMeasure

 

If you have made it this far, and still want to read about more applications for satellite data, check out our blog post on the 5 coolest ways people have used satellite data. 

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