WorldView (+ GeoEye)

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WorldView provides high resolution optical imagery and is owned by Maxar. It is now possible to purchase, order and access WorldView data using Sentinel Hub (SH). Sentinel Hub orders WorldView data through European Space Imaging.

About WorldView data

Mission information

The WorldView constellations consists of four active satellites: WorldView-1 (data not available in SH), GeoEye-1 (GE01), WorldView-2 (WV02), and WorldView-3 (WV03). The WorldView-4 (WV04) satellite was operational from November 2016 to January 2019 and the data it acquired is available in SH. For more information on the specific missions check this brochure.

Basic facts

PropertyInfo
Spatial resolutionVaries from 0.3m to approx. 2m. SH supports 0.5 m for panchromatic band and 2 m for multispectral bands.
SensorMultispectral Imagery, 5 bands are supported in SH: panchromatic, Blue, Red, Green and Near-Infrared band.
Revisit timeFrom approx. 1 day to 3 days depending on the satellite. Note that the data is in general not acquired systematically. Archive data is available sporadically over an area of interest. In case you need systematic monitoring of a specific area, contact us to order tasking (different pricing conditions apply).
Spatial coverageGlobal
Data availabilitySince 2009
MeasurementTop of the atmosphere (TOA) reflectance
Common usage/purposeLand-cover maps, land-change detection maps, vegetation monitoring, defence, traffic, marine monitoring

Attribution and use

The WorldView products are released under the license available here.

Purchasing WorldView Data

The process of purchasing of WorldView data in Sentinel Hub goes as follows:

  • Check the pricing and conditions. If you would like to buy a bigger area, send us an e-mail and we will prepare a custom offer.
  • Go to the "Billing" section in your SH Dashboard and buy the WorldView plan.
  • Once the payment is processed, we will provide your data to European Space Imaging for a compliance check (only first purchase). Once we get a confirmation (usually the next working day), we will send you a confirmation and you will be able to proceed with ordering the data.

Ordering WorldView Data

To order WorldView data, please use our Third Party Data Import API. To access WorldView data, you will need to set the TPDI provider parameter to MAXAR, like so: "provider": "MAXAR".

SH uses the following settings when ordering WorldView data:

Provider's parameter / toolThe values used by SH for orderingDescription
productBands4BB4 band bundle, which contains panchromatic, red, blue, green and near IR bands.
fullOverlaptrueAll scenes intersecting requested AOI will be ordered.
fullStripfalseData will be clipped to the AOI provided in the payload.
productLevelORTHOMap-ready 1:12,000 orthorectified products.
productBits16 bitRequested bit depth of data.
productProjectionWGS84_UTMData is delivered to SH in UTM projection.
productGsd0.5 mData is resampled so that the spatial resolution of panchromatic band is 0.5m and 2m for multispectral bands.

We convert the DN we get from the provider to the top of the atmosphere reflectance and multiply them by a factor of 10000.

Note also that:

  • The minimum area you can order for WorldView data is 5 km2. If your area of interest intersects with multiple WorldView scenes, then each intersection must be greater than 5 km2.
  • The specified absolute horizontal positional accuracy of WorldView ORTHO products is 10.2 m CE90. Positional errors are greater for greater nadir angles and at the locations with low accuracy of the SRTM DEM, which is used for orthorectification. For more details check this report.

Once your order is successfully completed, the ordered data will be available in one of your TPDI collections. The tiles in the collection will correspond to WorldView scenes. To access the data, you will need the ID of this collection.

Accessing WorldView Data

Accessing WorldView data is similar to accessing BYOC data. All processing and filtering options listed there can be used. However, the settings specific for accessing WorldView data are listed below.

Endpoint Locations

ServiceNotes
https://services.sentinel-hub.com/Contains the data purchased by individual user

Filtering Options

collectionId

Use the id of the TPDI collection into which your WorldView data was delivered as a value of parameter input.data.dataFilter.collectionId in the process API requests. See BYOC data access for more information.

Available Bands and Data

This chapter will explain the bands and data which can be set in the evalscript input object. Any string listed in the column Name can be an element of the input.bands array in your evalscript.

NameDescriptionResolution
BlueBlue, 450 - 510 nm2m
GreenGreen, 510 - 580 nm2m
RedRed, 630 - 690 nm for WV02 and WV03, 655 - 690 nm for GE01 and WV042m
NearIR1Near Infrared, 770 - 895 nm for WV02 and WV03, 780 - 920 nm for GE01 and WV042m
PANPanchromatic, 450 - 800 nm0.5m
dataMaskThe mask of data/no data pixels (more).N/A*

*dataMask has no source resolution as it is calculated for each output pixel.

Units

Data values for each band in your custom script are presented in the default units as specified in the table below. The Source Format specifies how and with what precision the digital numbers from which the unit is derived are encoded. The Typical Range indicates what values are common for a given band and unit, however outliers can be expected.

For WorldView bands, DN (digital numbers) are the default and only unit. Reflectance values can be obtained using the simple formula: reflectance = DN / 10000.

BandUnitSource FormatTypical RangeNote
Optical and panchromatic bandsDNUINT160 - 4000Highly reflective pixels can have values above 10000.
dataMaskN/ABoolean0 - no data
1 - data

Mosaicking

All mosaicking types are supported.

Examples

WorldView examples