Add WME support for multiple satellite image layers
Currently WME only supports a single satellite (aerial) image layer. While this seems to most often provide the latest imagery and resolutions as good as 30cm per pixel I frequently find that it is sub optimal for mapping efforts - especially when the images are from months where foliage occludes features.
Google Earth provides the ability to choose from multiple satellite image layers. I often find better layers that allow the editor to:
improve the spacial accuracy of road segments
determine stop points for rural HN and RPP (driveway intersections)
ascertain whether a road segment is paved or not
We're happy to update you that we have added new satellite imagery layers to WME! Thank you for the suggestion and for your contribution!
I agree with YanisKyr. We all know that satellite images are not positioned perfectly vertical and some images hide the roads where there are conjusted residential buildings. Also some image tiles are seen along with cloud and cloud shadows. It would be a great assist to WME Editors around the world if this feature is added.
Thank you in advance.
Allan Marcos da Silva Oliveira commented
Good morning everyone,
It would be very good if other options for satellite images were added to the WME, as there are regions that spend many years without image updating, other times at the time of the image there were clouds above the location.
For example, we have the images of bing, mapbox, maxar among others.
There could be a place in WME to choose the satellite image,
Just a suggestion...
Hugs to all.
Bob McCormick commented
Yes, please! There are many cases where having the ability to use different aerial imagery layers would help.
- in rare cases the current imagery lacks correct positioning
- sometimes the current imagery contains foliage that makes it difficult to determine road and other feature locations
- having the ability to look at historic / older imagery may also help resolve discrepancies
Given that Falcon Snapper mandates the WME map look more like reality having the ability to review multiple versions of aerial imagery will surely help in that effort.
Google Earth Pro has many versions of satellite images available. All versions are accessible from a "Historical imagery" slider, and more often than not several versions are more recent than what we see in Google Maps and WME. Albeit some areas might be cloudy/darker/less sharp, but that's ok because most are useable.
Is it possible to get access to these Historical imagery in WME?
Bob McCormick commented
In the US state of Vermont their E911 viewer uses aerial imagery that most often lacks foliage - better imagery to work with.