The sky really is the best starting point to monitor changes in our regions. SPOT 6-7 makes it possible to measure coastal erosion or urban sprawl, map a forest fire, assess the occupancy rate for business parks, etc. using satellite images that provide frequently updated and wide-ranging, very high resolution data. This service will be of particular interest to scientists and public policy organizations responsible for regional planning.
A national spatial remote sensing sector
- Location: the Remote Sensing Centre. Based in Montpellier, the center has recently been extended to accommodate new scientific partners and a spatial information business incubator as well as to increase the number of technical and scientific spatial information training sessions for regional stakeholders.
- Facility: A satellite receiving station, equipped with an initial SPOT 6-7 receiving terminal at Irstea's Montpellier site and operated with IRD.
- A framework agreement with Airbus. To guarantee access to the new SPOT 6-7 very high resolution spatial image service, a telemetry framework agreement was signed between the public research organizations and Airbus Defense & Space on June 18, 2015.
- Website to receive and process requests
A new satellite imaging service
- very high resolution (pixel size)
- highly accurate (ground dimensions for images)
- regularly updated (temporal repetition of captures)
- consistent with precise commands (ability to be programmed and flexibility)
- Free access to generic image processing software
- Bespoke development of tools 
- Availability of a private provider
- Training, etc.
For further information:
- The TETIS research unit
- The THEIA Land Data Center
- The GeoSud (GEOinformation for SUstainable Development) website
 GEOSUD: GEOinformation for SUstainable Development: National infrastructure for free satellite imaging for research on the environment and land use and for application in management and public policies that brings together 13 partner institutions: AgroParisTech, CETE Sud-Ouest, CINES, Cirad, CNRS, IGN, IRD, Irstea, University of Montpellier, University of the French West Indies and Guiana, and University of Reunion Island.
 THEIA: Satellite data infrastructure for the scientific community that brings together nine French public organizations involved in earth observation and environmental sciences: CEA, CIRAD, CNES, IGN, INRA, CNRS, IRD, Irstea, Météo France
 The subscribing organizations include regional governments, decentralized government departments, research laboratories, etc. A complete list is available on the Geosud website