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Joint Agency Commercial Imagery Evaluation (JACIE) was formed to leverage resources from several Federal agencies for the characterization of remote sensing data and to share those results across the remote sensing community. 

The growing number of remotely sensed data sources offers users more choices. Understanding the characteristics and capabilities of current and new data sources, along with the quality of data they provide, is an important function of the JACIE team. By performing product analysis of civil and commercial remote sensing data and information products, JACIE provides scientists and other users with awareness and independent verification of image data quality. 

JACIE consists of representatives from the following Federal agencies:

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

JACIE provides independent characterizations of image and image-derived end products.  Each agency’s  team members brings their resources and strengths to this task, providing in-depth assessments of imagery and information quality. JACIE team efforts are instrumental in supporting image product quality; however, the most important piece of JACIE is the strong collaboration and enhanced working relationships between government and non-governmental organizations to understand remote sensing information and make it more useful to the user community.


Annual Workshops 

Annual JACIE Workshops are sponsored by government agencies and allow remote sensing experts to discuss system capabilities, calibration, and the impacts of data quality on various applications. 

Highlights of JACIE Workshops include:

  • Presentations about new systems, new methods of improving data, and the potential for new applications made possible with improved quality Earth observations
  • Poster sessions
  • Vendor exhibits

JACIE 2025 will be held April 7 - 11, 2025 at USGS Headquarters in Reston, Virginia. 
Visit the JACIE 2025 Workshop webpage to learn more.