TerraColor San Francisco Bay Image

San Francisco Bay area, California, US

TerraColor NextGen Satellite Imagery

TerraColor NextGen is the next generation of our product line using new (2013-2016) satellite imagery. NextGen products are mosaics of multiple pan-sharpened Landsat 8 scenes that have been carefully processed and balanced to provide high quality color and contrast. Recent imagery can be critically important for many applications, and NextGen provides an up-to-date medium resolution base map of several areas. NextGen also provides a perfect complement to high resolution imagery by providing a consistent, regional view of larger areas.

We are actively developing NextGen products and release new areas on a quarterly basis. All NextGen products are released with a uniform blue ocean fill, but ocean shaded relief fill may be requested. (If you need complete global or continental coverage, please refer to our TerraColor Global product.)

TerraColor NextGen is 100% "true color" imagery. This means it is built from Landsat 8's bands 4, 3 and 2 (which image in the red, green and blue wavelengths of light similar to those in which the human eye sees), along with the 15-meter band 8 for pan-sharpening. So the colors look truly natural (as you would see them from an airplane), which is usually desireable and sometimes very important. (Some vendors produce imagery using infrared bands that simulates "natural colors" so the distinction can be significant.) We also produce the imagery with an optimized contrast stretch to maximize information content and make key features easier to distinguish.

TerraColor NextGen products can currently be purchased by 1x1 degree tiles, individual countries, or region bundles. NextGen imagery is currently available for over 80 countries (and portions of others). These include coverage of all 50 US states, southern Canada, Mexico, Europe, western Russia, the Middle East, North Africa, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, India, China, North and South Korea, Japan and Taiwan. Other areas are coming soon (contact us).

South Africa NextGen Image

South Africa NextGen Overview

NextGen VisSim Image

Flight simulator image using NextGen imagery of Northern Territory, Australia (courtesy Gibson Sceneries).