Saccess

Saccess is a database containing optical satellite images over Sweden. It is available on Internet (http://saccess.lantmateriet.se/map_viewer?map=27&maplevelindex=0, english version available by clicking English in the upper right corner) and data can be acquired free of charge.

Saccess was started after an initiative from five governmental agencies (Environmental Protection Agency, National Land Survey, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, Swedish Forest Agency and Swedish National Space Board). The five agencies saw the need to facilitate the use of data and to make sure that the data was as widely used as possible. In 2007 a specific budget was granted for its development and for data procurement. A user consortium (Environmental Protection Agency, Swedish National Space Board, Swedish Forest Agency, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Holmen Skog, Vattenfall and Sveaskog) are covering the operational costs.

The database Saccess started in June 2008 and is run by Lantmäteriet (the National Land Survey). Saccess contains optical satellite imagery. Starting with 2007, Saccess is updated each year with a complete new coverage of the country. Saccess also contains historical data from the 1970’s, 1980’s, year 2000 and 2005. Data is acquired during the vegetation period and has a resolution of 10-30 meters, except from the 1970’s where the resolution is 80 meters. Optical imagery of the resolution provided through Saccess are the type of satellite data most widely applicable for operational use in Sweden today.

The database contains satellite imagery for different types of user. System corrected and orthorectified imagery is available as well as image mosaics.

Anyone can look at the overview satellite imagery but you must be registered to order high-resolution mosaics and scenes. Registration and ordering is free of charge. However the agreements with the satellite operators allow only users resident in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark to download data.

Last updated: 29 October 2009