Spatial Data

U-Spatial has unique access to a number of spatial data resources. These include high resolution commercial satellite imagery from DigitalGlobe, recent National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) imagery, and MetroGIS parcel data for the seven Twin Cities metropolian counties.

Commercial Satellite Imagery

DigitalGlobe Basemap

The University of Minnesota has been selected as one of only two universities in the country to gain open access to DigitalGlobe Basemap, an online map and database of current, high-resolution satellite imagery of the globe. Commercial satellite imagery has become an invaluable tool for applications such as mapping, environmental research, agriculture, national defense, energy exploration, disaster response, and human rights monitoring and enforcement. Access to DigitalGlobe Basemap creates vast new possibilities for academic research and education at the University of Minnesota.

DigitalGlobe Basemap features millions of square kilometers of current and archive imagery captured by DigitalGlobe’s industry-leading satellite constellation over the past 15 years, including imagery from WorldView-3, DigitalGlobe’s newest satellite that collects imagery with 30 cm ground resolution.

All University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff can access the DigitalGlobe Basemap by filling out the access request form or attending one of our DigitalGlobe Basemap workshops. Please contact Lucas Winzenburg with any questions about the DigitalGlobe Basemap.

Additional Imagery for Federally Funded Reseach

UMN users who are working on federally funded research projects can request access to global commercial satellite imagery resources beyond what is available in the DigitalGlobe Basemap by contacting Lucas Winzenburg.

Aerial Imagery

National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP)

UMN users can access 2015 Minnesota NAIP imagery by contacting the U-Spatial Help Desk.

MetroGIS Parcels

Twin Cities Metropolitan Area County Parcels

UMN users can access 2006-2015 Twin Cities seven county metropolitan area parcel data by contacting the U-Spatial Help Desk.

Upcoming Events

March 1, 2017 -
12:00pm to 12:59pm

With ArcGIS Desktop eventually being phased out in 2022, now is an excellent time to familiarize yourself with Esri’s newer GIS software package, ArcGIS Pro. From now until...

March 3, 2017 -
10:00am to 11:00am

This hour-long workshop introduces participants to DigitalGlobe Basemap, an online application for browsing and downloading global high resolution commercial satellite imagery...

March 10, 2017 -
8:30am to 4:30pm

This seven-hour workshop introduces participants to using a geographic information system (GIS) to analyze data and create maps. Through a combination of presentations and...

March 23, 2017 -
9:00am to 3:00pm

This five-hour workshop introduces participants to web-based mapping and spatial analysis using Esri's ArcGIS Online. Through a combination of lectures and hands-on activities...

March 30, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Google Earth Engine is a platform for cloud-based digital image processing and visualization. Petabytes of public satellite imagery are stored and organized for use with the...

April 13, 2017 -
8:30am to 4:30pm

This seven-hour workshop introduces participants to using a geographic information system (GIS) to analyze data and create maps. Through a combination of presentations and...

April 19, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Join us for our monthly lunchtime speaker series featuring tutorials and project presentations related to geospatial research happening at the University of Minnesota. 

April 21, 2017 -
9:00am to 3:00pm

This five-hour workshop introduces participants to web-based mapping and spatial analysis using Esri's ArcGIS Online. Through a combination of lectures and hands-on activities...

April 27, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

This three-hour, hands-on workshop will look at the different standards for storing spatial data (shapefiles, databases, and file formats) and will assess the advantages and...

May 4, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Join us for our monthly lunchtime speaker series featuring tutorials and project presentations related to geospatial research happening at the University of Minnesota.