More than 3.8 million additional square miles of aerial imagery have been incorporated into the ArcGIS World Imagery Map, a service provided by Esri and DigitalGlobe. The update was announced this week during the Esri Federal GIS Conference in Washington, D.C.
“This is a breakthrough improvement thanks to our partnership with DigitalGlobe that allows our customers access [to] up-to-date and powerful global imagery,” Christophe Charpentier, Esri’s group product manager for ArcGIS content, said in a statement.
The expanded map features 30-centimeter imagery down to 1:1,000 scale for the continental U.S. For many areas of Western Europe, the map provides 60-centimeter imagery down to 1:2,000 scale.
The high-resolution imagery in the basemap is accessible for free for users of Esri’s ArcGIS Online service. Other updates this year are expected to further increase the map’s coverage by more than 38.6 million square miles, Esri said.