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]

See Also

  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.


  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