Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) is a technology similar to RADAR that can be used to create high-resolution digital elevation models (DEMs) with vertical accuracy as good as 10 cm. LIDAR equipment, which includes a laser scanner, a Global...
National Land Imaging (NLI) was an interagency effort (begun in 2006) to develop a long-term plan to achieve technical, financial, and managerial stability for operational land imaging. In August 2007, the working group released the recommended plan in a...
Remote sensing is the process of detecting and monitoring the physical characteristics of an area by measuring its reflected and emitted radiation at a distance from the targeted area. Special cameras collect remotely sensed images of the Earth, which...
Landsat image data processing takes 1 to 5 days. Once a request is submitted and the data is processed, an email notification containing the direct download URL is sent.After Landsat scenes are processed, they are also made available for immediate...
The majority of USGS aircraft photography is used for cartographic purposes. Image distortion is minimized when photographs are acquired looking straight down or vertically.Learn more:National Aerial Photography ProgramNational High Altitude Photography...
Scene acquisition times for Landsat images are listed in the online metadata files, which can be accessed by searching the particular scene on EarthExplorer or GloVis. Scenes processed after February 9, 2009 also include the acquisition times in the .mtl...
LandsatLook images are full resolution .jpeg files that are included as options when downloading Landsat data from EarthExplorer, GloVis, or via the LandsatLook Viewer.The following products are available, and are useful for image selection and visual...
Landsat 8 data products are processed to be consistent with the existing Landsat 1 to Landsat 7 Level-1 data products.The Level 1 Product and LandsatLook (full-resolution jpg) files are available for download at no charge from GloVis, EarthExplorer or...
The Worldwide Reference System (WRS) is a global notation used in cataloging Landsat data. Landsat 8 and Landsat 7 follow the WRS-2, as did Landsat 5 and Landsat 4. Landsat 1, Landsat 2, and Landsat 3 followed WRS-1.Shape files for WRS-1 and -2 (path/row...
Landsat has the optimal ground resolution and spectral bands to efficiently track land use and to document land change due to climate change, urbanization, drought, wildfire, biomass changes (carbon assessments), and a host of other natural and human-...