National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP)
The National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) collects leaf-on (as opposed to the more common leaf-off) aerial imagery at 2 meter, 1 meter, and 2 feet resolution (varies by year and location) for the United States. This imagery is used for estimating crop plantings and yields.
For North Carolina, imagery was taken and is available for the following growing seasons:
- 2004 - incomplete statewide, 2 meter resolution *
- 2005, 2006 - complete statewide, 1 meter resolution *
- 2008 - complete statewide, 1 meter resolution
Available as single county mosaic, DOQQ tiles, and true-color tiffs.
- 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 - statewide, 1 meter resolution, 4-band (true color and color-infrared) GeoTIFF tiles
- 2018 - statewide, 2 feet resolution, 4-band GeoTIFF tiles
* In 2004, 2005, and 2006, the data were released as a single mosaic for a county in MrSID format. Image file sizes are hundreds of megabytes - for example, Wake County's 2006 mosaic is 921 MB. Projection is UTM, NAD83, meters.
REST Image Service
Instead of downloading the data, consider connecting to an Image Service using REST protocol. The USDA provides a true-color ArcGIS Image Service of the latest imagery via the following link:
See the REST webpage with more details about using services in GIS software.
The data may be downloaded by anyone, but only NC State University affiliates will have mapped drive access. Thus, for large volume requests, you may contact Data Services for assistance.
For additional NAIP questions, contact Dan Madding with NC Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Emergency Programs Division - email: daniel.madding at ncagr.gov.