BEAM is an open-source toolbox and development platform for viewing, analyzing and processing of remote sensing raster data. Originally developed to facilitate the utilization of image data from Envisat's optical instruments, BEAM now supports a growing number of other raster data formats such as GeoTIFF and NetCDF as well as data formats of other EO sensors such as SPOT VGT, Landsat 5, NASA Ocean Colour products, AVHRR, AVNIR, PRISM and CHRIS/Proba. Various data and algorithms are supported by dedicated extension plug-ins.

Key Features

Fast image display and navigation

Advanced layer management, easy definition of bitmasks, flexible band arithmetic

Accurate reprojection and ortho-rectification

Scientific data processors: atmospheric corrections, radiance to reflectance, Case 2 waters constituents, SST, vegetation indices, cloud probability processor, etc.

Image analysis: spectral unmixing, cluster analysis.

Software Components:

  • VISAT - An intuitive desktop application to be used for visualization, analyzing and processing of remote sensing raster data.
  •  A set of scientific tools running either from the command line or invoked by VISAT, also entirely written in Java.
  • A rich Java API for the development of new remote sensing applications and BEAM extension plug-ins.