This page contains information on images generated from the MODIS sensors on NASA's Aqua and Terra satellites dating back to December 2008. There are multiple types of images available. It also includes the Clear Sky Archive, a collection of cloud-free images of the Great Lakes region.

Satellite image of Michigan and part of Wisconsin


Beginning with the launch of Landsat 1 in 1972, Landsat holds the world record for continuous space-based image acquisition. This page contains links for imagery from Landsat 5, 7, and 8, as well as a calendar showing the dates when the satellites will pass over Michigan.

Map of Michigan Landsat paths

NAIP - Natural Color and CIR

Administrated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA), NAIP imagery is collected during the agricultural growing season for leaf-on aerials. This page includes imagery for each county in Michigan and includes both natural color and color infrared (CIR).

NAIP imagery in color infrared (vegetation is red and soils are blue/green)

Great Lakes Border Flight

The Great Lakes Border Flight Imagery includes imagery from 2008-2009 encompassing the Great Lakes borders. This dataset is made up of natural color orthoimages, which contain geographic data representing actual ground measurements and coordinates.

Satellite image of the Great Lakes and surrounding land

Interactive Maps

This page includes a number of online environmental maps developed by MTRI and other organizations. Examples include water quality, invasive wetland species, and submerged aquatic vegetation.

Screenshot of the Submerged Aquatic Vegetation map