Steve Eddins has developed MATLAB and image processing capabilities for MathWorks since 1993. He also coaches development teams on designing programming interfaces for engineers and scientists. Steve coauthored Digital Image Processing Using MATLAB.
You might be interested in Kelly's example showing how to get Gulf of Mexico oil-spill images using the WMS (Web Map Service) features in the Mapping Toolbox. The example is over on Loren's Art of MATLAB blog.