Article Posted by Michael Byrne, Geospatial Information Officer (GIO)

A very exciting geospatial development happened last week. The National Agricultural Imagery Program (NAIP) announced last week that it has increased the allocation for imagery collection for 2009. This increase in money results in collections for 15 states this year that were originally slated for next year. California is one of these additional states. What this means is a great imagery product, in the public domain, without any state investment, a year earlier than expected. The imagery is a 1-meter resolution natural color (it looks like a real picture). This data will greatly enhance our GIS applications because with this resolution users will be able to see individual trees, fence lines, drainages, ditches, and much more. In addition, past NAIP collection has required a state contribution of funding. This year’s collection does not require any state cost sharing as the Federal Government will fund the entire collection. California will have an opportunity to ‘buy up’ the 4th band of the collection for the Color Infrared delivery, but we need to hurry. If state and local governments are interested in cost sharing for the additional CIR delivery, please contact us. We are very excited about the availability of this data sooner than expected, as it is one of the key framework datasets California needs as a base layer for geographic analysis.