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1 ATIC – Alberta Terrestrial Imaging Centre SPOT Data Acquisition Opportunity Presentation to ACCOLEDS December 6, 2006 Richard Rysak, Craig Coburn, Adam.

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1 1 ATIC – Alberta Terrestrial Imaging Centre SPOT Data Acquisition Opportunity Presentation to ACCOLEDS December 6, 2006 Richard Rysak, Craig Coburn, Adam Minke

2 2 Presentation Agenda l Introduction – Richard Rysak - ATIC n ATIC + SPOT Satellites – an Overview l Dr. Craig Coburn – University of Lethbridge n SPOT Imagery in Academic Setting l Consortium Offer – Adam Minke - ATIC

3 3 Over 800 Active Satellites

4 4 ATIC - Alberta Terrestrial Imaging Centre l Joint venture between the University of Lethbridge & Iunctus Geomatics Corp. l Incorporated in mid-2005 Our mandate: l Develop the Canadian academic market for SPOT satellite data l Applied research using remote sensing while working with end users to develop commercial products for managing natural resources and protecting the environment

5 5 Remote Sensing The science and art of obtaining information about an object, area, or phenomenon through the analysis of data acquired by a device that is not in contact with the object, area, or phenomenon under investigation. Remote sensing is an applied science which helps in understanding many activities such as forestry, land usage, agriculture, environmental protection, water management, etc.

6 6 Key Steps in Remote Sensing Image Data Sensor - Data Collection Human/Computer - Analysis Receiving and Processing

7 7 SPOT Image Group - Overview l Operator of SPOT satellites and supplier of satellite data l Based in Toulouse – France, founded in 1982 l SPOT = Systeme Pour lObservation de la Terre l Ownership: CNES (French space agency), Aérospatiale Matra, IGN, governments of Belgium, Sweden, and Italy + private investors l 200 employees l Worldwide ground station network l 8 distributors worldwide

8 8 Iunctus Geomatics l Canadian/US Rights to distribute SPOT data since 2002 l Ground Station on University of Lethbridge campus l Infrastructure to process SPOT data in North America l Focus on commercial markets via Telus Alliance l Academic markets – sublicensed to ATIC l ATICs academic prices for Canadian imagery substantially below commercial prices

9 9 Earth Observation - Satellite Characteristics l Spatial Resolution – imagery detail l Spectral Resolution – type of data l Temporal Resolution - frequency of observation l Financial Perspective - price/sq km Stellar sensor High Resolution Geometric (HRG) Platform Vegetation (VGT) S-band antenn a High Resolution Stereoscopic (HRS ) DORIS antenna X- band anten na

10 10 Earth Observation - Satellite Characteristics l 60 km x 60 km scenes or 3,600 sq km/scene n +/- 30 degree look angle n Three dual camera satellites l Data storage = from 40Mb to 550Mb/scene Active SPOT SatellitesResolutionImage Type SPOT 5 - launched in May mPanchromatic (B&W) 5 mPanchromatic (B&W) 10 mMulti-spectral (colour) SPOT 2 and 4 - launched in 1990 and 1998 respectively 10 mPanchromatic (B&W) 20 mMulti-spectral (colour) SPATIAL RESOLUTION – image detail

11 11 Samples of Resolutions 2.5m 5m 10m

12 12 SPOT 5 – 2.5m Resolution 60km

13 13 Kelowna Forest Fire – 2003

14 14 SPOT 5 – 2.5m Resolution 60km

15 15 SPOT 5 – 2.5m Resolution SPOT 5, 2.5m Natural Color. San Francisco International Airport

16 16 Pre-fire, Sept 99 During Fire, May 13, 00 Post-Containment, June 15, 00 US Forest Service Los Alamos Fire, New Mexico May 2000 Forest Fires

17 17 Tornado Disaster – Oklahoma City -

18 18 SPOT System – Comparative Coverage LANDSAT 7 15 m 185 km 170 km SPOT 2.5 m 60 km QB2 0.6 m km

19 19 Temporal Resolution Frequency of observation l Image Acquisitions = 40 GB daily l Global Archive: n 12 million scenes starting in 1986 n 500,000 scenes added annually l Canadian Archive: n 1.4 million scenes starting in 1986 n 250,000 scenes added annually n 80 Terabytes (TB) of imagery l Customer-driven tasking: n 1 Day Revisit Capability in North America n 1 to 2 days Revisit Capability Globally

20 20 Earth Observation - Satellite Characteristics SPECTRAL RESOLUTION – type of data based on electromagnetic spectrum: l Optical remote sensing = camera l Visible + Near InfraRed and Mid IR Bands

21 21 SPOT System – Spectral Mode Panchromatic10m Spatial Resolution (Meters) SPOT 1-3 Spectral Resolution (Microns) Multispectral20m (Green) (Red) (Near IR) (Green) (Red) (Near IR) (Mid IR) SPOT 4 Spectral Resolution (Microns) Mode (Green) (Red) (Near IR) SPOT 5 Spectral Resolution (Microns) Spatial Resolution (Meters) 2.5& 5m 10m (Mid IR) 20m

22 22 Financial Perspective Price/Performance Graph for Similar Satellite Imagery

23 23 SPOT - Major Applications l Land & Topography n Land development planning n Tracking municipal infrastructure n Accurate mapping n Flight simulators l Agriculture n Yield enhancement l Forestry n Monitoring timber rights & harvesting n Assessing fire damage & pest infestation l Environmental Protection n Monitoring mining and oil & gas activities l Water Management n Watershed mapping & monitoring n Wetlands mapping n Glacial changes l Utilities n Telecom – cellular tower placement & infrastructure tracking n Powerlines and pipelines – right-of-way corridors l Military n Mission planning

24 24 Why SPOT Imagery Extensive coverage of Canada with high & medium resolution optical imagery at academic prices l Ideal mix of resolutions for most applications: n Spatial n Spectral n Temporal l Cost effective - price/performance sweet spot l Extensive archives – Canada and global l User tasking with real time delivery l Wide range of uses

25 25 Using SPOT Imagery in Academic Setting l Dr. Craig Coburn n University of Lethbridge – Department of Geography n CV provided n

26 26 SPOT Imagery - Consortium Opportunity Extensive coverage of Canada with high & medium resolution optical imagery at academic prices l High quality satellite data n Ideal combination of spatial, spectral, temporal, price/performance l Wide range of applications: n Land uses, forestry, agriculture, water management, environmental l Unique opportunity for researchers, instructors & students l Lowest price for SPOT imagery in Canada + low entry point l Unlimited data sharing within the consortium l Instructors - unlimited use by students for course work l Researchers – archives or tasking available


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