USGS EROS Archive - Landsat Legacy - Global Land Survey (GLS)

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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have collaborated on the creation of the Global Land Surveys (GLS) datasets.  This collection contains images acquired from 1972 to 2012.

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Global Land Survey

Global Land Survey
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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) collaborated from 2009 to 2011 to create the Global Land Surveys (GLS) datasets. Each of these collections were created using the primary Landsat sensor in use at the time for each collection epoch. The scenes used were a pre-collection format that met strict quality and cloud cover standards at the time the GLS files were created.

Additional details about the Global Land Survey collection. 

The Global Land Survey collection consists of images acquired from 1972 to 2012 combined into one dataset.

All Global Land Survey datasets contain the standard Landsat bands designated for each sensor. Band Designations information.

  GLS2010 GLS2005 GLS2000 GLS1990 GLS1975
Level of Processing Terrain Corrected Terrain Corrected Terrain Corrected Terrain Corrected Terrain Corrected
Number of bands 8 8 8 7 4
Sensor Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper (TM) Landsat 7 ETM+ OLI Landsat 8 Landat 7 ETM+ Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper (TM) Landsat 7 ETM+ EO-1 ALI Landsat 4-5 Thematic Mapper (TM) Landsat 1-3 Multispectral Scanner (MSS) Landsat 4-5* Multispectral Scanner (MSS) *Landsat 4-5 data were used to fill gaps in the Landsat 1-3 data
Dates Images acquired from 2008 - 2012 Images acquired from 2003 - 2008 Images acquired from 1999 - 2003 Images acquired from 1987 - 1997 Images acquired from 1972 – 1983 Images acquired from 1982 - 1987
Resolution Pan 15.0m 15.0m      
Thermal Reflection 30.0m 30.0m 30.0m 30.0m  
Projection Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM)
Datum WGS84 WGS84 WGS84 WGS84 WGS84
Resampling Cubic Convolution Cubic Convolution Cubic Convolution Cubic Convolution Cubic Convolution
Format GeoTIFF GeoTIFF GeoTIFF GeoTIFF GeoTIFF
Download Available Available Available Available Available

Access Data

Global Land Survey data are available to search and download through EarthExplorer and USGS Global Visualization Viewer (GloVis). The collection can be found under the Global Land Survey category in EarthExplorer.

Users can download the full resolution LandsatLook jpg images and the Level 1 Data Products.

Global Land Survey (GLS) Digital Object Identifier (DOI) number: /10.5066/F7M32TQB