Best Practices for Imagery Basemap

Discussion created by kibpvandyke on Oct 24, 2013
Latest reply on Nov 2, 2013 by kibpvandyke
I'm looking for suggestions for the best way to create an imagery basemap.  I have a bunch of images that I'd like to combine into one.  They are from 2004 thru 2010 (currently, with some 2013 expected shortly).  They vary in resoluiton from 1 meter to .5 foot.  I'd like to create two seperate basemaps.  One should be focused on the best resolution and the other on the most recent imagery.

Unfortunately my imagery look something like this:
2004 - 1 meter
2008 - .5 foot, 1 foot, 2 foot
2009 - .4 meter, .5 meter
2010 - 1 foot, .5 meter

Not all the images are overlapping.  Many of the higher resolution images have a smaller footprint inside the lower resolution images.

You can see a start of this at

I created that map service using the raster catalog tool and importing non-overlapping rasters.  Now I need to add overlapping rasters to the mix.


Paul VanDyke
Kodiak, Alaska