Plant life on Earth detected from space

Earthscape maps are created by digitally stitching together millions of images from research satellites equipped with special sensors that can detect plant life. These sensors measure non-visible wavelengths of light to generate data called the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI). In essence, each map is a 36 megapixel photograph of life on Earth. 

Scientists have used these data for decades to study the Earth. We are bringing these images to life for the first time ever in the form of fine art quality maps.

 

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