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 1 or 2 meter resolution 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 or in much smaller DOQQ tiles
  • 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 - statewide, 1 meter resolution, 4-band (true color and color-infrared) 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.

Web Mapping Services (WMS)

Instead of downloading the data, consider using WMS. The NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has several WMS services open to the public with NAIP imagery, as well as DRGs and DOQQs. The full list is maintained on their webpage. NCSU Libraries has a WMS webpage with more details about using WMS.

NCSU Access

NCSU affiliates (current faculty, staff, and students) may download the 2012, 2014, and 2016 TIFF imagery from the Geodata Server at 2010 and earlier requires contacting Data Services.

Public Access

NAIP 2010 image sample, showing the northern end of White Lake, NC in Bladen Co., re-sized from original.

Non-NCSU affiliates needing access to the recent CIR TIFFs may contact Data Services. Otherwise, for instructions to the NCDA&CS ftp server, contact Dan Madding with NC Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Emergency Programs Office - email: daniel.madding at, phone: 919-807-4343.

NAIP imagery may also be freely downloaded for any US location from the USDA Geospatial Data Gateway. The USDA has brief instructions here.