Why does my orthoimagery search on The National Map return multiple tiles for downloading?

Orthoimagery is usually very large in file size, so we stage the data in "tiles" that can be reasonably transported over the Internet. Orthoimagery from the National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) that is distributed via The National Map Data Download is in compressed 10:1, JPEG2000 format in 3.75 minute x 3.75 minute tile extents.

A larger catalog of orthoimagery can also be downloaded using EarthExplorer

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What is a digital orthophoto quadrangle (DOQ) or orthoimage?

A digital orthophoto quadrangle (DOQ)--or any orthoimage--is a computer-generated image of an aerial photograph in which displacements (distortions) caused by terrain relief and camera tilts have been removed. It combines the image characteristics of a photograph with the geometric qualities of a map. Unlike an aerial photograph, an orthoimage has...

Are the scanned aerial photographic images georectified?

Scans of traditional aerial photography film products (air photos) are not georectified . The USGS does, however, offer several orthoimagery (georectified aerial photograph) products: Digital Orthophoto Quadrangle (DOQ) High Resolution Orthoimagery (HRO) National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP, NAIP Plus) NAIP orthoimagery has been collected...

How often is orthoimagery in The National Map updated and what are the acquisition dates?

The orthoimagery (georectified aerial photography) available through The National Map Download Client and The National Map Services is from the USDA Farm Service Agency's National Agricultural Imagery Program (NAIP), which is 1 meter resolution. Generally, NAIP imagery is refreshed on a 3-year cycle with approximately one third of the continental...

What sources were used for imagery in The National Map services?

Sources for orthoimagery in The National Map services : World view to 1:2,300,000 - NASA Blue Marble Next Generation (BMNG) 1:1,150,000 to 1:289,000 - A subset of the Global Land Survey 2000 (Landsat) Scales larger than 1:289,000 - primarily the National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP). The data is 1-meter pixel resolution flown during "leaf-on...

How can I download orthoimagery in bulk?

Orthoimagery is offered through a bulk data application in EarthExplorer . Go to the EarthExplorer Help page and select "Bulk Download Tutorial". To receive bulk data via external hard drive, you must supply the hard drive(s) within our specifications, pay for shipping the drive(s), and provide a paid return label or a carrier account number. Send...

How do I download orthoimagery products and what are the available formats?

Download orthoimagery (georectified aerial photographs) using EarthExplorer , which has the full catalog of USGS orthoimagery and aerial photography, or The National Map download client , which has NAIP orthoimagery only. EarthExplorer : Products Overview Format varies by type of orthoimagery: Native format, Georeferenced Tagged Image File Format...
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Date published: August 27, 2018

Hazards Data Distribution System Releases Thousands of Aerial Images of Kilauea Impact

The eruptive behavior of the Kilauea volcano that began in May 2018 on Hawaii’s Big Island has created an unparalleled opportunity for understanding volcanic systems.

Date published: November 1, 2016

USGS National Map Orthoimagery Map Services Transition and Other Map Service Changes

As part of The National Map transition to cloud hosting, several of the National Map NAIP Orthoimagery Services will be provided under new URLs.

Date published: October 31, 2016

Before and After Photos: SE Beach Dunes Lost to Hurricane Matthew

New low-altitude aerial photos of Southeastern beaches taken before and after Hurricane Matthew passed offshore show a new storm-cut inlet, and roads, dunes and structures lost.

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Orthoimagery of the Maryland State House, Annapolis, Maryland
February 7, 2017

Orthoimage, Maryland State House

Orthoimage of the Maryland State House, Annapolis, MD

Orthoimage of a four-way interchange, Los Angeles, CA
October 31, 2016

Orthoimage, traffic interchange, LA CA

Orthoimage of a four-way interchange, Los Angeles, CA

Image: Aerial Photo of the Surface Rupture
October 1, 1999

Aerial Photo of the Surface Rupture

Splayed fractures running through loose alluvium.

Air photo showing distorted path of pipeline as it crosses hills and valley, and orthophoto showing the true, straight path

Aerial Photograph vs. Orthoimage

Comparison of an aerial photograph and an orthophoto (orthoimage) from the Tenth Legion quadrangle in Virginia near the town of Arkton. The aerial photo shows a straight pipeline that is distorted by displacements caused by camera tilting and terrain relief (topography). The orthophoto removes the effects of tilt and relief and shows the true, straight path of the pipeline

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High Resolution Orthoimagery

High Resolution Orthoimagery

USGS High Resolution Orthoimagery for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Images from HDDS Explorer

Images from HDDS Explorer

Various images from HDDS Explorer including a cyclone, fire, flood, tornado, earthquake, and volcano

Before and after images of coastal change in Cape Lookout National Seashore caused by Hurricane Dorian.

Before and after images of coastal change caused by Dorian in NC

The Longpoint Cabin Camp in Cape Lookout National Seashore was heavily impacted by Hurricane Dorian’s waves and surge. All of the cabins were damaged and one pavilion is gone altogether. The area is now inaccessible  due to the cut from the harbor to the cabins. These cuts were likely formed when surge flowed over the island from the sound side. The dunes in front of the

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