ASDAF Data Directory

Welcome to the ASDAF Data Directory!


There is a wide variety of space data for many different use cases. Much of it comes from remote sensing, gathered from satellites looking down at the earth and gathering informtion. This is usually some form of light, whether visual, infrared, RADAR, or any other wavelength. Once this data is collected in chunks called ‘bands’, it is processed into what’s known as higher-level products. These higher-level products tell us things such as the amount of trees in an area, particle concentrations in the air, and even what makes up the oceans!


This page includes information about all these space data uses. It lists this data sorted by industry use, as well as by source.


The Basics

If you’re new to space data, this is the section for you.

All space data will take some understanding of GIS (Geographic Information Systems), but even as an absolute beginner you can still make use of some resources.

Perhaps the best starting point would be the National Map. This portal gives you an interactive view of Australia. Upon launching the web page, click the “I’ll need some help” button or “Take the tour” buttons. If you lose these, try refreshing the page.

If you’re already familar with GIS data, try looking at our Lost of Open data by Industry use or by source.

Automatic Data Downloader

 The ASDAF data downloader is a tool created by ASDAF to help buisnesses and researchers more easily access space-data programmatically. It requires an intermediate level of knowledge of the python programming language to use.


There are many resources for accessing space-data, however they are usually either designed for specific cloud-only environments, or require substaintial setup to use locally. The ASDAF Data downloader aims to be a free lightweight, easy to use tool to query and download space data onto a workstation or server.