U-Spatial provides access to a number of spatial data resources for research and learning. These include recent National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) imagery; imagery from Hennepin and Ramsey Counties; and Minnesota elevation data including LiDAR and digital elevation models (DEMs). Students, faculty, and staff can access the data at \\files.umn.edu\us\gis\U-Spatial\UMN_Users\data by following the steps in Connect to a Shared Drive or Network folder.
Contact the U-Spatial Help Desk for assistance.
Planet Labs Imagery
U-Spatial manages the University of Minnesota subscription to Planet.com's daily PlanetScope imagery and automated monthly and quarterly composite basemaps and tile-services. This service provides daily 4-band high-resolution (3m) PlanetScope imagery for the entire globe. Access is intended for small research projects, and primarily intended for student's use in research and coursework. This imagery service is available to all UMN affiliates.
Submit this form to request access to Planet.com: Planet.com Access Request Form.
Authorized User Terms of Service
Access to the Planet API is subject to the Master Content License Agreement between Planet Labs Inc. and the University of Minnesota. Please review the University of Minnesota Authorized User Terms of Service, Master Content License and agriculture segment terms.
The UMN Planet contract has negotiated the following for use of these data resources. Please read to inform your use of the Planet imagery products:
- Basemap services are un-metered and do not count against the quota limit.
- Downloaded scenes from the PlanetScope Daily Imagery archive may be redistributed, internal to UMN affiliates, in perpetuity.
- Downloaded scenes from the PlanetScope Daily Imagery archive may be retained on UMN computing infrastructure, in perpetuity, in support of peer-review publication and other products of research. Access to these data products may only be provided within the UMN IP.
Training and User Guides
About Planet Products
Training: Planet School
User Guides: Developer Resource Guide
Desktop software Add-ins, download for ArcGIS Pro and/or QGIS
A quick primer to getting started with Planet on MSI systems: MSI Planet on GitHub
National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP)
Minnesota NAIP imagery for 2008, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019
High resolution imagery for 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2015, 2018
High resolution imagery for 2015, 2017, 2018
High resolution imagery for 2005 and 2016 (both years include a near-infrared band)
MN County Parcels
U-Spatial has an agreement with MnGeo to provide county parcel data that they collect directly to the University of Minnesota system community for research, teaching, administration, and outreach. If you are interested in obtaining MN parcel data, please fill out this form to request access to the secure storage location. Please contact the U-Spatial Help Desk with any questions.
Borchert Map Library
The Borchert Map Library is a great place to look for geospatial data. Staff curate and maintain access to a variety of geospatial datasets that include historical scanned maps, plat maps, aerial photographs, access to licensed databases containing thousands of geospatial layers, and other tools for finding data such as the Big Ten Academic Alliance Geoportal.