Remote Sensing Science

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Remote Sensing is the science of capturing information about the earth’s surface using reflected or emitted energy collected by sensors mounted on satellites, aircrafts or drones. This science is vital to effectively measure and manage Canada’s natural resources and infrastructure, to understand and respond to natural hazards, and to monitor land use and the effects of climate change.

Sensors and Methods

Learn about research and development on data collected from visible-infrared, synthetic aperture radar (SAR), hyperspectral and next generation sensors.

Imagery and Data

Find out where to access, download and order satellite imagery, remote sensing data and value-added products.

Remote Sensing Software and Tools

Access tools that can help you process, correct and analyze satellite imagery or test simulated remote sensing data from new sensors.

Land Applications Research

See how remote sensing and Long Term Satellite Data Records (LTSDRs) are used to monitor environmental indicators and changes in land cover and land use.

Forest Applications Research

Discover sensors, methods and applications for monitoring Canada’s forests and biodiversity, wildfires, forest health and for improving forest inventory.

Water Applications Research

Find out how satellites help monitor seasonal changes in freshwater, wetlands and aquifers, and characterize vegetation and soil to measure and track groundwater.

Infrastructure Applications Research

Learn about methods to harness remote sensing observations to help ensure responsible, safe and sustainable mining and energy resource development in Canada.

Natural Hazards Applications Research

Discover how remote sensing helps monitor landslide movements, provide emergency responders with near-real time flood maps, and assess damage after tornados and wildfires.

Canada Centre for Remote Sensing

Connect with the Government of Canada’s Centre of Excellence in remote sensing about working, studying or partnering with us.