SOURCE: DigitalGlobe


October 12, 2010 10:30 ET

First DigitalGlobe 8-Band Research Challenge Attracts 500+ Entries From Scientists Worldwide

Submissions to Use Unique 8-Band Digital Imagery Technology to Gain New Insights on Everything From Plant Growth to Urban Sprawl and Reef Health

LONGMONT, CO--(Marketwire - October 12, 2010) -  DigitalGlobe (NYSE: DGI), a leading global content provider of high-resolution earth imagery solutions, today announced it has received more than 500 entries in the first DigitalGlobe 8-Band Research Challenge. The submissions, received in a single month from experts at universities, private companies and scientific organizations in 80 countries, outline plans to leverage the unique capabilities of 8-Band imagery. DigitalGlobe's commercial 8-Band high-resolution imagery, from the WorldView-2 satellite, gives scientists a more detailed view of the earth and the ability to analyze information in completely new ways.

The company also announced that due to overwhelming interest, the 8-Band Challenge will be extended to a second judging period, with five additional winners to be named.

"The number and variety of submissions has greatly exceeded our expectations," said Walter Scott, CTO of DigitalGlobe. "With entries from every corner of the scientific community, from academia to private companies, and with proposals ranging from heavy minerals exploration to tracking malaria, it's clear that the scientific community is truly embracing the potential of 8-Band imagery. We are very excited to see how this technology can be applied to some of the most important social and environmental problems we face."

The DigitalGlobe 8-Band Research Challenge is a contest designed to encourage researchers to investigate how 8-band high-resolution imagery can enhance image analysis and classification research. The proposals are leveraging the unique capabilities of 8-Band imagery in the following areas:

  • Aquatic: Several proposals are employing the shorter wavelength Coastal Blue band, along with the more focused Green band and the new Yellow band, to study sea grass distributions, coral bleaching, water quality and wetland habitats;
  • Agriculture: Researchers are employing the Red Edge and Yellow bands to deliver the clearest view yet of crop health, and the impact of disease, pests, nutrient and water deficiencies on crop yields;
  • Land Use/Land Cover: The increased spectral fidelity provided by the four additional bands is being applied to enhanced land use classification, road and building extraction, sprawl mapping and the environmental impacts of urbanization, as well as land issues such as invasive species mapping, soil mapping and post-fire vegetative recovery;
  • Geology and Archaeology: 8-Band imagery is also piquing the interest of researchers who are investigating more fundamental properties of the earth, in search of minerals and metals that can be extracted, or the remains of ancient civilizations.

To learn more about DigitalGlobe's 8-Band multispectral imagery, including detailed datasheets and whitepapers, visit:
For more information about the DigitalGlobe 8-Band Research Challenge, visit

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