PR – Heat loss maps of Britain’s
towns and cities can be viewed on the Internet at www.blueskymapshop.com.
Visitors can search on an area using a name or postcode to view the thermal maps
that are colour coded to show the amount of heat lost into the sky at
night. This imagery can be viewed along with conventional aerial
photography so areas of high heat loss can be identified.
Aerial mapping company Bluesky has captured 2500 square kilometres
of thermal data across Britain and expects to survey another 2000 sqkm over the
forthcoming winter months. Twenty UK towns and cities, including Luton,
Slough and Derby, are currently online and more will be added as the nighttime
surveys are completed. Bluesky is offering raw thermal data for sale
online so that organisations can create their own colour coded and
To capture the thermal data, Bluesky uses an
airborne thermal infrared sensor which is modified version of technology used by
the military for night vision. Surveys are typically undertaken in the two hours
after dark, on weekdays, during school term time, giving the best view of energy
use at peak times.
The thermal maps are just one of number of
aerial datasets available through www.bluesky-world.com which offers the most up
to date aerial photography of England and Wales plus significant parts of
Scotland. After selecting a location, visitors are shown an overview image
of the chosen area, which they can zoom in or out, or pan around to refine their
search before purchasing digital data.
The unique range of
mapping, aerial photography and other aerial survey data available for instant
download from Bluesky include Ordnance Survey mapping, detailed 3D City Models,
LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) data, Digital Surface and Terrain Models
(DSM and DTM) and Colour Infrared (CIR)