Open Data Program

DigitalGlobe is committed to helping everyone See A Better World™ by providing accurate high-resolution satellite imagery to support disaster recovery in the wake of large-scale natural disasters.

We release open imagery for select sudden onset major crisis events, including pre-event imagery, post-event imagery and a crowdsourced damage assessment.

When crises occur, DigitalGlobe is committed to supporting the humanitarian community by providing critical and actionable information to assist response efforts. Associated imagery and crowdsourcing layers are released into the public domain under a Creative Commons 4.0 license, allowing for rapid use and easy integration with existing humanitarian response technologies.

Read more about our open data event activation protocol here.

The Open Data Program supports non-commercial use only. If you are a business operating in the affected areas, our StormWatch data bundle offers satellite imagery, flood models, and building footprints for commercial use. See details

Most recent event

California Wildfires

With a toll of 42 dead, the blaze is already the deadliest wildfire in California history, and more than 200 people remain missing. The Camp Fire, as the blaze that ripped through Paradise is known, is only about 30 percent contained, and has burned 125,000 acres. It continues to rage in the hills and ravines east of the city of Chico. It is also the most destructive wildfire in California history, with more than 7,600 structures destroyed, most of them homes. Two people have died in the Woolsey Fire, which is burning west of Los Angeles and has swept through parts of Malibu. About 435 structures have been destroyed, and as many as 57,000 structures are believed to be under threat. The fire is 35 percent contained and has charred more than 96,000 acres. A flare-up on Tuesday morning led to warnings that additional evacuations could be imminent. The Hill Fire in Ventura County has been kept to about 4,500 acres and is 90 percent contained.

The released imagery and vector data can be viewed here.

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“Without DigitalGlobe as key partner providing satellite imagery, there would not be HOT as we know it.”—Cristiano Giovando, Technical Project Lead, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team

"This initiative underlines the trusted partnership between UNOOSA and DigitalGlobe in the area of geospatial information and analytics as the rapid availability of data is essential for a successful response to such a devastating event like the earthquake in Ecuador"—Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)

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