The digital satellite image map

SPOTViews supply up-to-date information in the form of extremely reliable product underlays which can be used directly in a geographic information system (GIS) or map-making software.

Marseille, France - SPOT 5 satellite image 2.5m colour

Marseille, France - SPOT 5 satellite image
© CNES 2005


SPOTViews can be used for:

  • updating obsolete digital maps,
  • mapping regions which have not been thoroughly mapped or which have never been mapped,
  • making land use maps or natural resource maps,
  • making new thematic layers.

Resolution and spectral mode
Depending on the level and detail required for specific applications:

Black & White Colour
2.5m 2.5m*
5m 5m*
10m 10m


Depending on the surface of the area to be studied:

  • full scenes: 60 km long x 60 to 80 km wide, according to the viewing angle.
  • standard mapsheets centred on an area of interest (digital mosaic of several Spot scenes)
    - 30' x 30' : ~ 54 km x 54 km at the equator
    - 15' x15' : ~ 27 km x 27 km at the equator
    - 7'30" x 7'30" : ~ 13 km x 13 km at the equator

Preprocessing level

Depending on the level of geometric quality required and the type of terrain mapped:

  • Accuracy (level 2B)
  • Ortho (level 3)

Location accuracy

Generally better than 30 m (1 sigma), but this depends on the quality of the ground control points and/or the DEMs used during preprocessing.

For level 3 images, made using ground control points and a DEM derived from Reference3D, it is better than 10 m (1 sigma).

The SPOT Scenes are supplied in the Dimap format.

Image improvement processing
Depending on the application in mind:

  • SPOTView Basic: these do not undergo any image processing in order to keep the full information depth of physical values for thematic analysis.
  • SPOTView Plus: these undergo processing to improve the image and are ready-to-use underlay products.
    SPOTView Plus products can be generated in natural colours to render natural landscape colours more faithfully.


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