Commercial Imagery

High resolution satellite imagery from DigitalGlobe available to PGC users at no additional cost to their award.

Earth from Space

Since 1999, DigitalGlobe, Inc., a U.S.-based imagery provider, has been collecting satellite imagery of the world in amazing detail.

With resolutions (pixel size) less than 1 meter, the satellite imagery can capture detail such as trees, chimneys, or … penguins.


The DigitalGlobe constellation of satellites includes WorldView-1, WorldView-2, WorldView-3, QuickBird, GeoEye, and IKONOS.


Sub-meter resolution, multispectral bands, and frequent revisit for collection of up to one billion km2 per year.


Millions of individual scenes globally along with repeat coverage many times over.


Continuous collection of the globe and the ability to task new collection.


Example images from the polar regions from DigitalGlobe sensors.

WORLDVEW-1 (Panchromatic)
Íngia Isbræ, Greenland. Imagery © 2016 DigitalGlobe, Inc.
Herbert Volcano
Herbert Volcano, Aleutian Islands, Alaska. Imagery © 2012 DigitalGlobe, Inc.
North Slope, Alaska
North Slope, Alaska. Imagery © 2016 DigitalGlobe, Inc.
McMurdo Station, Antarctica
McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Imagery © 2015 DigitalGlobe, Inc.

Imagery Access

PGC users have access to our archive of DigitalGlobe imagery for the polar regions including the Arctic and Antarctica.

Eligibility Options

Active research award from NSF Office of Polar Programs

Active research award from NASA Cryospheric Sciences

U.S. Government contractor supporting NSF/NASA polar research

U.S. Government agency supporting NSF/NASA polar research