You want shade

The definitive source of shade data for the planet. We build plugins and APIs for mapping sun and shadow.

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Map Layers

Add a shade layer to Leaflet, React Leaflet, Mapbox GL, Maplibre GL and Google Maps

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Embedable Content

Embed a static image or interactive map in your website or newsletter

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Data API

Query any time and location on the planet and receive comprehensive lighting data

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“The visual effect is what caught my eye, but I've been coming back to it time after time to inspire me where to hike in the evenings.”

AKScholar
Reddit

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“I'm studying how variation in irradiation across mountainous terrain affects various ecological processes. It will be interesting to check how your shade map conforms to our irradiation data.”

Researcher
Oregon State University

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“This is super well done. I actually wanted this exact thing when moving in the bay area and wanting to get a sense of how my new proximity to the mountains would affect sunset.”

Paul Irish
Google

Invest in us

We'll bring value to your customers

Basic
Perfect for personal projects
  • 10,000 tile requests
  • Buildings
  • High-resolution
  • Embedable maps
  • Data API
  • Your own DEM tiles
Standard
/ month
Best for commercial applications
  • 500,000 tile requests
  • Buildings
  • High-resolution
  • Embedable maps
  • Data API
  • Your own DEM tiles
Enterprise
Ready to scale with you
  • Unlimited tile requests
  • Buildings
  • High-resolution
  • Embedable maps
  • Data API
  • Your own DEM tiles

What is a tile request?

Shade Map plugins require elevation data to be downloaded from our servers. This data is transfered in 256x256 PNG tiles for the relevant area of the map.

Can I have this for free?

We are happy to work with students, educational institutions and non-profits. It's okay if you can't afford to pay, just share your idea with us and we'll make it happen.

Still have questions? Contact us.

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