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Create satellite imagery products using ArcGIS Pro

Available with Advanced license.

ArcGIS includes tools and a wizard for creating products from satellite imagery using photogrammetric processing. This topic focuses on using the ortho mapping capability in  ArcGIS Pro Advanced.

GIS users often need to process satellite images to create a variety of 2D products, including orthorectified imagery (which may be exported as orthomosaics), digital surface models (DSMs), digital terrain models (DTMs), or stereo models comprised of one or more stereo image pairs. These data products are then used for visualization or analysis and may need to be shared with colleagues or the public.

To make photogrammetric processing more user-friendly, the ortho mapping capability in ArcGIS Pro includes a workflow-focused wizard for orthorectifying satellite images using the sensor model and an appropriate DEM. You can use ground control points to ensure best horizontal and vertical accuracy, and use independent check points to measure the final accuracy. The images are managed using a mosaic dataset, which can be used directly to access images that are orthorectified on the fly, to view images as stereo pairs using the ArcGIS Image Analyst extension, or to view images individually from the sensor's perspective in image space. An orthomosaic, DSM, or DTM can be created as output data products for use in ArcGIS, and all of these products can be published as web-accessible services through ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Image Server.

Explore the following resources to learn more about using ortho mapping  in ArcGIS Pro to generate 2D products from satellite imagery. (Not sure where to start? Look for the star by Esri's most helpful resources.)


To use this workflow, you'll need ArcGIS Pro Advanced. You can publish data products to ArcGIS Online or your ArcGIS Enterprise portal. Viewing image pairs in stereo requires ArcGIS Image Analyst.

Imagery Workflows resources

Review the community-supported tools and best practices for working with and automating imagery and remote sensing workflows:

ArcGIS help

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ArcGIS blogs, articles, story maps, and technical papers

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Developer resources

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Esri Community

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