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Shoken Taisho

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Sale of high-precision aerial photographs Aerial photographs of Okinawa Prefecture Satellite images Mapping data for GIS 3D Map Data 3D Elevation Data

Satellite images (PASCO Satellite Ortho)

PASCO Satellite Ortho (PSO) is the rectified image of the pre-processed data, through orthorectification processing for the entire area. As it also comes with spatial coordinates, overlapping with data that customers already have in their Geographic Information System (GIS) is easy, and customers can make use of this product quickly.

Characteristics of PASCO Satellite Ortho (PSO)

PSO is produced by creating pan-sharpened (*2) orthorectified images from ALOS (*1) satellite photographic images (PRISM and AVNIR-2).
PSO maintains a high level of product quality with a maximum spatial resolution of 2.5 m. As such, it can be used for the creation of background images, large-format output maps and panels, as well as pamphlets and booklets, on GIS.

*1 ALOS: The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) Advanced Land Observing Satellite "Daichi" launched in January 2006
*2 Pansharpening: Creating a composite image from medium resolution panchromatic 2.5 m and low resolution color 10 m images.

  • As it comes with coordinates using the control points and verification points for the numerical map 2500, it has a high degree of positional accuracy.
  • As these orthorectified images comprise seamlessly mosaicked satellite images acquired under cloud cover of less than 10%, it is possible to get a good grasp of conditions over a wide area of ground surfaces.
  • The area provided is a minimum of 20 km x 20 km.

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Copyright Notice

All PASCO Satellite Ortho (PSO) data and derivative products must clearly show the following copyright notices.
<©PASCO / Includes material © JAXA>

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PASCO Satellite Ortho (PSO) Sample Images

  • PSO display image
    PSO display image 1
    (Area around Nara)
  • PSO display image
    PSO display image 2
    (Areas around Mt. Kaimondake in Kagoshima)
  • PSO display image
    Example of an overlap of PSO and PFM images

An Example of an Interpretation through False Color (*3)

PSO display image
PSO display image
[Interpretation of logging period] [Interpretation of vegetation]
A: Time has passed since logging was carried out, and vegetation overgrowth can be observed. C: Cedar
B: This is immediately after logging, and the ground surfaces are exposed. D: Broad-leaved trees

*3 False color: A method that emphasizes the display of red colors for near-infrared wavelength ranges, in order to show the degree of activity of vegetation in the areas of forestry and agriculture.

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PASCO Satellite Ortho (PSO) Applications

  • Background maps for GIS systems (forests, facility management, etc.)
  • Creation of large-format output internal control maps (display at offices, map-based training, understanding the situation during disasters, etc.)
  • Large-format disaster prevention maps (able to overlap with information on shelters, facilities)
  • Display panels
  • Creation of booklet index maps


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Product Specifications

Ground resolution 2.5m
Bands 3 band (true color)
(Provision for false color and 4 band, panchromatic are also available)
Format GeoTiff format
Media DVD-R
Coordinate system WGS84 system, compatible with all UTM zones
Service area Service areas are expanding to cover the whole of Japan

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