Expanded NAIP aerials coverage is now available


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Jul 31, 2004
Ben's Branch, Stephen Creek
Have just finished updating the aerials from the National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) to match the coverage area of the Northeast US LIDAR map. And, just to keep you confused, I've changed the name of this map to reflect that it's a companion to the LIDAR - they are now called "Northeast US NAIP Aerials". The only change is the name on the menu, all old links to the map will continue to work.


This has become one of the larger maps on the site (334gb / 7.47 milllion tiles), due to the fact that I used .png tiles. Using .jpg files usually results in much less disk usage and the quality is similar, but not quite as clear as .png. Since these aerials only go up to level 16 (highest available from the USGS), I thought it was best to use the highest quality. The map now includes full coverage of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine with partial coverage of Virginia and West Virginia.

This map is basically the same as the USGS Aerials but should load faster and always be available (the USGS version seems to often have issues). The only difference is that the USGS aerials switch to Landsat imagery when you zoom out to level 8 where my version doesn't change. You could compare my version directly with the USGS with the sync app. Mine is on top in this screenshot, but it might be on the left for you, depending on the size of your screen/window. :)



Here's some colorful fall foliage in New England



And for even more fun, they're also available in the terrain viewer throughout the whole coverage area in the desktop version (warning - this link will probably crash the browser on a phone or iPad, you need a computer for the terrain viewer)


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