Space Science Engineering Center-UW
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The majority of satellite imagery that SSEC focuses on, such as GOES, NOAA polar satellites, Aqua/Terra, etc., is geared towards viewing Earth's meteorology, oceanography and climate and does not have the spatial resolution to see things like people or cars. For example, the MODIS instrument on the Aqua and Terra satellites has a resolution of 250 meters which means that it can't resolve anything smaller than that. However, the WisconsinView organization which operates here at SSEC does work with high resolution satellite imagery that could be of use for observing smaller scale objects/places on the ground.