AIRS: Custom Research

A custom research request results in a report describing the imagery in our collection that fulfills your parameters. We can usually provide one to two photos per decade covering your area of interest (AOI).  Often, we are able to provide more detailed coverage. Sample Search Results Letter

Custom research is ideal if you have a large AOI, wish to receive a comprehensive list of flights covering your AOI, or other unusual research requirements.

To submit an inquiry-only search request, send an Imagery Search Form to AIRS, along with a map showing your AOI and your payment.


  • $45 per hour
  • Most requests require 2 hours of research.  Typical cost $90.

Included in the research fee is one viewing of your research results in the Map & Imagery Laboratory; call (805) 893-2779 in advance to schedule an appointment. 


Reproductions of imagery identified may be requested for additional cost.  Visit our reproductions page for pricing and to request reproductions.  The $10 processing fee will be waived if reproductions are requested within one month of receiving your search results.