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World Imagery

World Imagery basemap

Map Service Name: World_Imagery

Description: World Imagery provides one-meter or better satellite and aerial imagery in many parts of the world and lower-resolution satellite imagery worldwide. The map includes 15-meter TerraColor imagery at small and mid-scales (591M down to 72k) and 2.5-meter SPOT Imagery (288k to 72k) for the world, and USGS 15-meter Landsat imagery for Antarctica. The map features 0.3-meter resolution imagery in the continental United States and 0.6-meter resolution imagery in parts of Western Europe from Digital Globe. In other parts of the world, 1-meter resolution imagery is available from GeoEye IKONOS, Getmapping, AeroGRID, and IGP Portugal. One-meter USDA NAIP imagery is available in select states of the United States. Additionally, imagery at different resolutions has been contributed by the GIS user community.

For details on data sources in this map service, view the list of World Imagery Map Contributors (PDF).

As illustrated in the coverage maps below, worldwide coverage is provided in World Basic (down to ~1:72k) and World Standard and World Advanced (down to ~1:1k); regional coverage is provided in North America Standard and North America Advanced (down to ~1:1k).

Coverage for World Basic Imagery 6.4

Scale (Level)StandardAdvanced

1:4,000 (Level 17)

1:2,000 (Level 18)

1:1,000 (Level 19)

1:600 (Level 20)

Not Available

1:282 (Level 21)

Not Available

Larger coverage maps are available.

Attribution: Sources: Esri, DigitalGlobe, USDA, USGS, GeoEye, Getmapping, AeroGRID, IGN, IGP, UPR-EGP, and the GIS community

Coordinate System: Web Mercator Auxiliary Sphere (WKID 102100)

Tiling Scheme: Web Mercator Auxiliary Sphere

Map Service Data Format: Map server cache in JPEG format

Metadata: When the data appliance is installed, citation data (also known as metadata) is automatically exposed through the REST endpoint for the World_Imagery service. These are not feature services but rather feature layers within a map service. The key difference is that feature layers can be queried, but they cannot be edited. With the Identify tool in ArcMap, you can see the resolution, collection date, and source of the imagery at the location you click. Values of 99999 mean that metadata is not available for that field. The metadata applies only to the best available imagery at that location. You may need to zoom in to view the best available imagery.

You can view the citation layer at http://<services.arcgisonline.com>/arcgis/rest/services/World_Imagery/MapServer/4 (substitute <services.arcgisonline.com> with the local ArcGIS server name).