Medium Resolution Satellite Imagery of Australia from DMCii
The Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC) is a constellation of satellites (presently eight) owned by various countries, operating together to provide frequent observations of the Earth for monitoring natural disasters.
The DMC satellites operate in the visible to near-infra-red part of the spectrum, which makes them very useful for crop and forest monitoring as well as general Earth observation.
DMC satellites have been used in emergency response in Australia, providing daily images of the progress of floods through Queensland and New South Wales during the February 2012 flood event.
DMC imagery is also used to augment data acquired from the Landsat series of satellites. The DMC SLIM-6-22 sensor has a slightly higher spatial resolution of 22 metres and a higher revisit rate of four days, compared to Landsat 5 TM sensor with a spatial resolution of 30 metres and a revisit rate of 16 days. In addition the dual sensor layout on the satellites allows a 620 kilometre wide swath to be acquired in a single pass. DMC satellites have three spectral bands: green, red and near infra-red, where seven bands are available from Landsat 5 TM data.
Comparisons of the current generation of DMC satellites with Landsat-7 ETM+ have demonstrated that the calibration accuracy is within 1 - 3%. To maintain the calibration the DMC satellites are routinely cross-calibrated with Landsat-7 ETM+.
Landsat-5 was a key source of imagery throughout the world, until the acquisitions of imagery was suspended in 2011. To address the shortfall in access to medium resolution data, Geoscience Australia has acquired large regional coverage of DMC data from DMC Imaging International (DMCii). This acquisition will help to address monitoring needs until Landsat-8 imagery is available in mid-2013.
DMCii data over Australia will be available through the Geoscience Australia Sales Centre. All data will be available at cost of transfer. The complete package is available from Geoscience Australia for $150 on a 1 terabyte USB hard drive. To order email firstname.lastname@example.org and for technical support go to www.dmcii.com. A preview of the data can be found by going to the Earth Observation Image Server.
All images are available with two levels of processing, path (L1R) and orthorectified (L1T) in GeoTIFF format. The imagery is available as a packaged product and new imagery will be added when it becomes available.
The maps below provide an overview of the geographic extents of the available data.
Further technical information is available from DMC International Imaging Ltd.
2011 Continental Coverage
Licensing of Data
All data will be available under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia licence with attribution to DMC International Imaging Ltd. The current full licence is attached to this Official Order and the full legal code can be found at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode.
The human-readable summary is available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/.
The licence requires users of this data to attribute the data to DMCii and should include the following information:
DMC International Imaging Ltd. (DMCii) 2012 – Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia (CC BY 3.0).
Topic contact: email@example.com Last updated: February 6, 2013