Aerial and Digital Imagery

Aerial and digital imagery is the use of digital images, including those in 3D, by home/property insurers to view properties, as well as the software that analyzes the images to estimate size, proximity to risks, and location for physical locations or properties. It is usually offered via an Internet service of data as a service (DaaS) in which users, such as homeowners or commercial property insurers, pay monthly subscription fees or pay by use to get information on the risks they are underwriting or claims they are investigating.[1]

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  1. Remote sensing: Remote sensing involves acquiring data about the Earth's surface or atmosphere using sensors mounted on aircraft, satellites, or other platforms. Aerial and digital imagery are forms of remote sensing that capture visual data from above the Earth's surface, providing valuable information for various applications.
  2. Geographic Information Systems (GIS): Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are computer-based systems designed to capture, store, analyze, and present geographically referenced data. Aerial and digital imagery serve as fundamental input data for GIS, enabling the creation of accurate and detailed maps, spatial analysis, and decision-making in fields such as urban planning, environmental management, and agriculture.
  3. Land surveying: Land surveying involves measuring and mapping land features and boundaries. Aerial and digital imagery are used in land surveying to gather high-resolution imagery and orthophotos, which are rectified and georeferenced images that can be used for precise mapping, boundary delineation, and topographic analysis.
  4. Environmental monitoring: Aerial and digital imagery play a crucial role in environmental monitoring, allowing for the assessment and monitoring of land cover, vegetation health, water resources, and ecosystem changes. By capturing imagery at different time intervals, environmental changes and trends can be observed, aiding in conservation efforts and resource management.
  5. Infrastructure planning and assessment: Aerial and digital imagery are valuable for infrastructure planning and assessment, particularly in urban development and transportation projects. They enable the visualization of existing infrastructure, identification of suitable locations for new infrastructure, and assessment of the impact of proposed projects on the surrounding environment.

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  • Albers Equal Area Conic Projection
  • Remote Sensing - Discusses the science of obtaining information about objects or areas from a distance, typically from aircraft or satellites.
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) - Explores the framework for gathering, managing, and analyzing spatial and geographic data, integrating many types of data.
  • Satellite Imagery - Covers the images of Earth or other planets collected by imaging satellites operated by governments and businesses around the world.
  • Photogrammetry - Discusses the art and science of making measurements from photographs, especially for recovering the exact positions of surface points.
  • Drone Surveying explores the use of drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to capture aerial data with downward-facing sensors, such as RGB or multispectral cameras and LiDAR payloads.
  • LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) - Covers the remote sensing method that uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure variable distances to the Earth.
  • Urban Planning - Reviews the technical and political process concerned with the development and design of land use and the built environment.
  • Environmental Monitoring - Discusses the systematic sampling of air, water, soil, or biota with the goal of detecting changes in the environment or assessing the impact of those changes.
  • Land Cover and Land Use Mapping - Explores the processes and technologies used to classify the surface of the Earth into categories like vegetation, urban infrastructure, water, etc.
  • Digital Elevation Models (DEM) - Covers the representation of the Earth's surface as a three-dimensional model, excluding vegetation and man-made structures.
  • Image Processing and Analysis - Discusses the techniques and algorithms used for improving the visual appearance of images and extracting useful information from them.
  • Precision Agriculture - Explores the use of precise and controlled farming practices that leverage technology like aerial imagery, GPS, and sensors for crop monitoring and management.
  • Conservation Technology - Reviews the application of technology, such as aerial and digital imagery, to conserve natural resources and biodiversity.
  • Spatial Analysis - Discusses the techniques used in geography, GIS, and remote sensing to study the locations, attributes, and relationships of features in spatial data.
  • Climate Change Analysis - Explores the use of aerial and digital imagery to monitor and model climate change impacts on ecosystems, sea levels, and weather patterns.


  1. What is Aerial and Digital Imagery? Gartner

Further Reading

  • Using High-Resolution Digital Aerial Imagery To Map Land Cover USGS
  • The Use of Aerial Digital Imagery for Kangaroo Monitoring Taylor&Francis
  • Application of Multispectral 3-Dimensional Aerial Digital Imagery for Estimating Carbon Stocks in a Bottomland Hardwood Forest Winrock International
  • The importance of old aerial photography data