SPOT (Satellite Pour l’Observation de la Terre) is an high-resolution satellite system. It was initiated by CNES in the 1980s for its Earth observation programme. With over 30 million images acquired in the last 27 years, SPOT data are the first world reference in the field of satellite imagery.
On Friday 17 January, at the plenary session of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) in Geneva, the CNES announced it is offering SPOT satellite archive imagery over five years old free of charge to the public under the SPOT World Heritage programme. A first batch of 100,000 images will be made available during the course of this year.
ForM@Ter will collect the needs of the solid Earth scientific community in order to submit an application in the name of the pole. A note will be diffused to specify the process to send requests to the pole.