Landsat Full Resolution Browse (FRB) images are created for quick and efficient image selection and for visual interpretation.
FRB files are created from Landsat 1- 9 Level-1 data products, and distributed in Cloud Optimized Geographic Tagged Image File Format (GeoTIFF) (COG) and Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG).
Landsat Collection 2 Full Resolution Browse images can be downloaded as individual files for Landsat 1 through Landsat 9 scenes from EarthExplorer.
Landsat Collection 2 Reflective Full Resolution Browse: a .jpg composite of three bands to show a “natural” looking (false color) image. Reflectance values were calculated from the calibrated scaled digital number (DN) image data. The reflectance values were scaled to a 1-255 range using a gamma stretch with a gamma=2.0. This stretch was designed to emphasize vegetation without clipping the extreme values.
Landsat Collection 2 Thermal Full Resolution Browse: a one-band gray scale .jpg image that displays thermal properties of a Landsat scene. Image brightness temperature values were calculated from the calibrated scaled digital number (DN) image data. An image specific 2 percent clip and a linear stretch to 1-255 were applied to the brightness temperature values.
Landsat 8-9 TIRS = Band 10
Landsat 7 ETM+ = Band 6.1-high gain
Landsat 4-5 TM = Band 6
Landsat 1-5 MSS = not available
Landsat Collection 2 Quality Full Resolution Browse: 8-bit files generated from the Landsat Level-1 Quality Band to provide a quick view of the quality of the pixels within the scene to determine if a particular scene would work best for the user's application. This file includes values representing bit-packed combinations of surface, atmosphere, and sensor conditions that can affect the overall usefulness of a given pixel. Color mapping assignments can be seen in the image below.