Remote Sensing is the science (and to some extent, art) of acquiring information about the Earth's surface without actually being in contact with it. This is done by sensing and recording reflected or emitted energy and processing, analyzing, and applying that information. Today, the use of orbiting satellite sensors and the satellite imagery they provide are fundamentally changing how Canadians view their nation and their planet.
The Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation (CCMEO) is the Government of Canada's centre of excellence for remote sensing. CCMEO provides the access, transformation and dissemination of satellite image data and products to government and public users. Within Natural Resources Canada, satellite imagery is used to characterize and monitor Canada’s landmass, primarily in support of the responsible development of its natural resources.
View in-depth, nation-wide collections of Canada’s landmass allowing for the identification and monitoring of changes in land surface.
Gain insight and access to satellite imagery and related products. These products can be accessed online or ordered through various distributors.
Visit satellite stations and facilities. Observing Canada’s territory from space, including the Arctic, is a powerful and cost effective tool to monitor our land, water and borders.
Satellite imagery is acquired by a variety of space-borne sensors. Learn more about the research and development activities on data collected by these sensors.
Explore the tools that the Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation scientists have created to assist in the use of satellite imagery and air photos.