2018 NAIP Imagery

Looking for 2018 NAIP imagery of California?  The 2018 NAIP county mosaics are available for download now.  The imagery is available in both natural color and near infrared.

What is NAIP?  NAIP stands for the National Agriculture Imagery Program.  NAIP acquires digital ortho imagery during the agricultural growing seasons in the continental US.  NAIP provides 60 centimeter ground sample distance (GSD) ortho imagery rectified to a horizontal accuracy within +/- 4 meters of reference digital ortho quarter quads (DOQQ’s) from the National Digital Ortho Program (NDOP) or from the National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP).  The tiling format of NAIP imagery is based on a 3.75′ x 3.75′ quarter quadrangle with a 300 pixel buffer on all four sides.  The NAIP imagery is formatted to the UTM coordinate system using the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD83).  NAIP imagery may contain as much as 10% cloud cover per tile.  This file was generated by compressing NAIP imagery that cover the county extent.  Two types of compression may be used for NAIP imagery: MrSID and JPEG 2000. The target value for the compression ratio is 40:1 for imagery.

NAIP imagery is typically available for distribution within 60 days of the end of a flying season and is intended to provide current information of agricultural conditions in support of USDA farm programs.  For USDA Farm Service Agency, the 1 meter and 1/2 meter GSD product provides an ortho image base for Common Land Unit boundaries and other data sets.  NAIP imagery is generally acquired in projects covering full states in cooperation with state government and other federal agencies who use the imagery for a variety of purposes including land use planning and natural resource assessment.  NAIP is also used for disaster response often providing the most current pre-event imagery.


Top 5 Rivers of Plastic

Check out this retro looking map showing the top five most plastic polluting rivers in the world.  The map uses stacks of Asian Elephants (about 4 tonnes each) to represent daily amounts of plastic.  Descriptive text is included so you don’t have to count elephants!


Spoiler alert, no high output rivers from the US.  Stop focusing on those straws California!

You can find out more about the map from here.  Also there is a story map you can check out.  Map is based on data from a study you can find here.

Instructional Story Maps

Maps can be beautiful, engaging, and informative ways to learn or educate about a topic, and story maps offer a way to add multimedia and narrative to the mix as well.  But for the uninitiated, the prospect of creating a high-quality digital map may be daunting.  Fortunately, ESRI has created a free resource to help … Instructional Story Maps.  Here you will find approximately 20 story maps, each focused on a different cartographic concept or technique.  Examples include tutorials on creating visuals such as glowing borders or sunrise effects, an explainer on making heat maps to communicate density, as well as a series of tutorials featuring ESRI’s Cascade story map template and a series focused on the platform’s smart mapping features.  Check it out!