Imagery Services Update to The National Map
Orthoimage of the Maryland State House, Annapolis, MD
The USGS announces the sunset of National Map High Resolution Orthoimagery Data and Service
HRO data generally consists of 1 meter or better resolution, leaf-off, orthorectified imagery products acquired over the nation’s major urban regions and provided through The National Map.
The data were acquired through 2014 in collaboration with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency consisting of coverage routinely expanded in partnership with local, regional, and state governments. The NGP is continuing support of access to National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) orthoimagery data and services, provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The sunset of HRO data and services is part of a shift in USGS priorities towards the accelerated development of the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP)
“The USGS anticipated that imagery data acquired through 2014 would have a useful lifecycle of three years”, said Paul Wiese, NGP Orthoimagery Theme Lead, “and we are now approaching the end of this three year period.”
As new imagery platforms become available and as other imagery programs evolve, such as the trend towards higher resolution NAIP data, the NGP will work with the data and service providers to support orthoimagery as a base reference data layer for the users of the National Map.
Links to data and services that will be retired: