The first GeoDC meetup of 2013 is happening tomorrow, Wednesday, January 9, at 7:00 pm at Stetson’s Bar and will focus on satellites. Speakers will give insight on satellite constellations, the imagery they capture, and how to use it. If you’re curious about how satellite imagery is captured and what those satellites are focused on, come out for this meetup.

Chris will talk about how he accessed publicly available satellite imagery from state GIS agencies, USGS, and NASA to create MapBox Satellite, about the strengths and weaknesses of this public data, and how the U.S. open data policy compares internationally. He’ll also show some examples of this imagery, what’s available in MapBox Satellite, and how to customize the look and feel of satellite maps.

Then Mark Dumas and Greg Lavonas from GeoEye and DigitalGlobe respectively - the two leading satellite imagery providers in the United States - will talk about their satellites, the imagery they collect, and how to access it. Mark will also talk about how his team uses satellite imagery maps to create predictive maps for decision makers, while Greg will talk about how they capture imagery to help understand current events.

GeoDC meets once a month, usually on the first Wednesday of each month. For updates on meetups, follow @Geo_DC on Twitter and join the meetup group.