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The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) funded Landmap service which ran from 2001 to July 2014 collected, modified and hosted a large amount of earth observation data for the majority of the UK, including imagery from ERS satellites, ENVISAT and ALOS, high-resolution Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) and Digital Terrain Models (DTMs) and aerial photography dating back to 1930. After removal of JISC funding in 2013, the Landmap service is no longer operational, with the data now held at the NEODC. Aside from the thermal imagery data which stands alone, the data reside in four collections: optical, elevation, radar and feature. The datasets contained in each are as follows: Optical: Advanced Visible and Near InfraRed Radiometer type 2 (AVNIR-2), Colour InfraRed (CIR), Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC), Landsat 4/5, Landsat 7, Near InfraRed (NIR), SPOT (Earth-Observing Satellites) and Topsat data, along with Mediterranean Landsat imagery and Modern and Historical Aerial Photography. Elevation: A 5m resolution DTM for England and Wales (Bluesky) and Scotland (GetMapping), a 2m resolution Digital Surface Model (DSM, equivalent to a DEM) for Wales and Scotland and 1m resolution LiDAR-derived DTMs and DSMs for cities of England and Scotland. Radar: ERS satellites 1&2 radar data, ENVISAT Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar (ASAR) imagery and ALOS Phased Array type L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (PALSAR) imagery, of the UK. Features: Building heights and building classes for the main urban conurbations of the UK and Kinematic GPS (KGPS) data for over 6,400km of UK roads.
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Introduction

The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) funded Landmap service which ran from 2001 to July 2014 collected, modified and hosted a large amount of earth observation data for the majority of the UK, including imagery from ERS satellites, ENVISAT and ALOS, high-resolution Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) and Digital Terrain Models (DTMs) and aerial photography dating back to 1930. After removal of JISC funding in 2013, the Landmap service is no longer operational, with the data now held at the NEODC.

Aside from the thermal imagery data which stands alone, the data reside in four collections: optical, elevation, radar and feature. The datasets contained in each are as follows:

Optical: Advanced Visible and Near InfraRed Radiometer type 2 (AVNIR-2), Colour InfraRed (CIR), Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC), Landsat 4/5, Landsat 7, Near InfraRed (NIR), SPOT (Earth-Observing Satellites) and Topsat data for various areas of the UK, along with Mediterranean Landsat imagery and Modern and Historical Aerial Photography.

Elevation: A 5m resolution DTM for England and Wales (Bluesky) and Scotland (GetMapping), a 2m resolution Digital Surface Model (DSM, equivalent to a DEM) for Wales and Scotland and 1m resolution LiDAR-derived DTMs and DSMs for cities of England and Scotland.

Radar: ERS satellites 1&2 radar data, ENVISAT Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar (ASAR) imagery and ALOS Phased Array type L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (PALSAR) imagery, of the UK.

Features: Building heights and building classes for the main urban conurbations of the UK and Kinematic GPS (KGPS) data for over 6,400kmk of UK roads.

Please use the links in the tables below to access the collection and individual product pages where you will find further information. Please note that data licenses are being transferred from Landmap to NEODC on a per-product basis, hence not all products listed here are currently available

Legacy website

As part of the transfer from Landmap to NEODC, the original Landmap website will soon be held by the NEODC. A link will appear here in due course. For now, the website is held by RSPSoc (Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society) This website contains detailed information on the datasets and training materials developed by commercial companies and members of the academic community. Please note that the website will not be maintained in any way by the NEODC and may go offline at some point in the future.

Product details and availability

Optical collection

Product Timespan Region Format Availability
AVNIR-2
2008-2009
Large parts of Northern Ireland, small parts of England and Scotland
GeoTiff
No
CIR data for England and Wales
2006-2010
Large areas of England and Wales
GeoTiff, ecw
Yes
CIR data for Scotland
2006-2010
Large areas of Scotland
GeoTiff, ecw
Yes
DMC
2007-2010
Most of the UK
Geotiff, ecw
No
Historical Aerial Photography
1930s-1952
Large parts of the UK, limited areas of France
MrSID, ecw
Yes
Modern Aerial Photography
1969-2010
Large areas of the UK
MrSID
Yes
Landsat 4/5
1988-1992
UK-wide
img
No
Landsat 7
1992-2001
UK-wide
img, ecw, GeoTiff
No
Landsat Mediterranean
1987, 1990, 1992, 2000
Cyprus, East Spain, West Spain
img
Yes
NIR red-edge
2009-2011
Northern Ireland
GeoTiff
No
SPOT
1986-1995
UK and Ireland
GeoTiff
No
TOPSAT
2007-2009
Various locations worldwide
GeoTiff, ecw, JPEG
No

Elevation collection

Product Data collection period Region Format Availability
Bluesky 5m resolution Digital Terrain Model (DTM)
1999-2008
England, Wales
img, ecw, asc
Yes
GetMapping 5m resolution Digital Terrain Model (DTM)
1999-2008
Scotland
img, asc
Yes
GetMapping 2m resolution Digital Surface Model (DSM)
2009-2010
Wales, Scotland
img, ecw
Yes
1m resolution LiDAR-derived Digital Terrain/Surface Models (DTMs/DSMs) for cities of England and Scotland
2005-2007
Various metropolitan areas in England and Scotland, including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow
img
Yes

Radar collection

Product Timespan Region Format Availability
European Remote Sensing (ERS) Satellites 1 & 2 UK radar data
1995-1999
United Kingdom
ecw, geotiff
No
ENVISAT Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar (ASAR) UK imagery
2002-2009
United Kingdom
geotiff
No
Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS) Phased Array type-L band Synthetic Aperture Radar (PALSAR) UK imagery
2007-2009
United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland
geotiff
No

Buildings collection

Product Region Format Availability
UK building heights
Main UK conurbations
shapefiles
Yes
UK building classes
Main UK conurbations
shapefiles
Yes
UK building blocks
Main UK conurbations
shapefiles
Yes
Kinematic GPS (KGPS) data for UK roads
Over 6,400km of UK roads
shapefiles
Yes

Thermal dataset

Product Timespan Region Format Availability
Thermal
2009-2010
Main UK conurbations
img, GeoTiff, jpeg
Yes

Restricted Data Access

Licenses are being negotiated on a per-product basis, see the tables above for details of availability. Where data are available, it will be to all UK academics and students. Access will be granted to the whole Landmap dataset (although certain products may be unavailable due to ongoing license negotiations), even if you only require one particular product. We do, however, request that you use the citation appropriate for the product you have used. Citations can be found on the individual product pages by using the links in the tables above. To apply for access, please

  • 1) Register as a CEDA user. If you already are a CEDA (or NEODC or BADC) registered user, skip this step. If you have forgotten your CEDA user ID and/or password, please contact the helpdesk at support@ceda.ac.uk.
  • 2) Apply for access to the Landmap data. Application involves the agreement with the Landmap terms of use.

Software

The following software may be useful:

Erdas ER viewer, available free of charge, can be used to open raster image formats such as TIFF, GeoTiff, IMG, ECW, ERS, ALG, DAT and many more, and is capable of handling large file sizes.

Basic ERS & Envisat (A) ATSR and Meris Toolbox (BEAM): BEAM is an open-source toolbox and development platform for viewing, analysing and processing of remote sensing raster data. Originally developed to facilitate the utilisation of image data from Envisat's optical instruments, BEAM now supports a growing number of other raster data formats such as GeoTIFF and NetCDF as well as data formats of other Earth Observation (EO) sensors such as Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR), AVNIR, Polarised Radiation Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission (PRISM) and Compact High Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (CHRIS). Various data and algorithms are supported by dedicated extension plug-ins.

NEST (Next ESA SAR Toolbox) is an ESA open source toolbox under the GNU GPL license for reading, processing, analysing and visualising ESA (ERS-1/2, ENVISAT, SENTINEL-1) and other spaceborne SAR data (TerraSAR-X, RADARSAT 1-2, COSMO-SkyMed, JERS-1, ALOS PALSAR) processed to Level-1 or higher.

Quantum GIS (QGIS) is a user friendly Open Source Geographic Information System (GIS) licensed under the GNU General Public License. QGIS is an official project of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). It runs on Linux, Unix, Mac OSX, Windows and Android and supports numerous vector, raster, and database formats and functionalities.

User-friendly Desktop Internet GIS (uDig) is an open source (EPL and BSD) desktop application framework, built with Eclipse Rich Client (RCP) technology; that provides a Java solution for desktop GIS data access, editing, and viewing.

Links to further information

Please see the individual product pages for associated documentation and further information.


Who to contact

If you have queries about these pages or about obtaining the Landmap data from the NEODC then you should contact the NEODC Support team. Your query should be answered within one working day. When follow-up work is required, the NEODC support will carry out the work as quickly and efficiently as possible.

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