TerraColor James Ross Island Image

James Ross Island, Antarctic Peninsula - 15-meter Landsat

TerraColor Antarctica Satellite Imagery

In response to the rapidly increasing demand for high quality geodata of Antarctica, we now provide our TerraColor satellite imagery in map projections optimized for visualizing the Southern Ocean area. Satellite images contain a wealth of information and provide a valuable complement to other types of mapping data. Rendering the imagery using projections such as Polar Stereographic minimizes distortion and more accurately portrays the sizes and shapes of landmasses and distances between them. This dataset provides an accurate, high-value mapping component for scientific research, navigation, and logistics, and makes an ideal base map for web mapping portals.

The TerraColor Antarctica base map portrays all landmasses and islands present from 60 to 90 degrees south Latitude. The dataset can be used as a stand-alone product, or in conjunction with other types of geodata (DEMs, high resolution imagery, topo maps, geophysics, etc). TerraColor is your solution for a comprehensive view of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean in one easy-to-use integrated product.

TerraColor Features (Click here for PDF version):

  • Complete geographic coverage from 60 to 90 degrees South, no gaps or holes
  • All imagery 60 to 82.6 degrees south processed at 15-meter spatial resolution using orthorectified imagery from the Landsat 7 and Landsat 8 satellites
  • 15-meter spatial resolution (pixel size) is suitable for mapping at scales of 1:60,000 and higher
  • 15-meter imagery for Antarctica based on the Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica (LIMA) dataset, with additional islands added and improvements made to the northern Antarctic Peninsula
  • Land areas south of 82.6 degrees (the center of Antarctica) are rendered using 500-meter MODIS imagery
  • Detailed mask to remove clouds, ice and image edges from ocean areas for a "clean" look
  • Options to fill ocean areas with blue water, bathymetric shaded relief, or custom fill
  • Bathymetric shaded relief image derived from the the latest International Bathymetric Chart of the Southern Ocean (IBCSO) version 1.0 data
  • Includes previously unreleased 15-meter imagery of the Balleny Islands and South Orkney Islands
  • Over 500GB of imagery included, available in compressed and uncompressed image formats for easy loading into mapping software
TerraColor Antarctica PO Fill

Plain blue ocean (PO) Fill

TerraColor Antarctica LCOS Fill

Low Contrast Ocean Shade (LCOS) Fill

TerraColor Antarctica HCOS Fill

High Contrast Ocean Shade (HCOS) Fill