Open-Source Satellite Data and GIS for Land Resource Mapping

  • Nirmal Kumar
  • S. K. Singh
  • V. N. Mishra
  • G. P. Obi Reddy
  • R. K. Bajpai
Part of the Geotechnologies and the Environment book series (GEOTECH, volume 21)


The capabilities of satellite data and geographic information system (GIS) to assess and monitor land resources are escalating with the technical advancements. However, the costs of these data and the GIS softwares are barrier to their use by broader community, particularly in developing countries. To maximize the scientific and societal benefits of the spatial data, open data and softwares are being promoted. Several satellite data from different sources with a wide array of spatial, spectral, temporal, and radiometric resolutions are now being made available free to all categories of users. To analyze the satellite data of widely differing characteristics and other spatial and nonspatial data from different sources, rapid advancements have been observed in free/open-source software (FOSS) development in the field of GIS. This chapter discusses the availability of open spatial data (satellite and vector) and open-source GIS softwares (OSGS). The viability of adoption of OSGS as an alternative to proprietary softwares has also been discussed.


Open-source GIS Open data Open standards Remote sensing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nirmal Kumar
    • 1
  • S. K. Singh
    • 1
  • V. N. Mishra
    • 2
  • G. P. Obi Reddy
    • 1
  • R. K. Bajpai
    • 2
  1. 1.ICAR-National Bureau of Soil Survey & Land Use PlanningNagpurIndia
  2. 2.Department of Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry, IGKVRaipurIndia

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