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Landsat Collection 2 Full Resolution Browse Images

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). 

L8 Collection 2 Full Resolution Browse Samples: Reflective, Thermal, and Quality Band
These images are examples of Landsat Collection 2 Full Resolution Browse images. From left to right:  Reflective browse image, Thermal browse image, and Quality Band browse image. Images created from Landsat 8 data (Path 27 Row 27) acquired October 24, 2015. 

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 8-9 OLI = Bands 6,5,4

Landsat 7 ETM+ and Landsat 4-5 TM = Bands 5,4,3

Landsat 4-5 MSS = Bands 2,4,1

Landsat 1-3 MSS = Bands 5,7,4

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.  

Landsat Collection 2 Full Resolution Browse Quality Image Designations
Quality Image designations and associated colors for Landsat Collection 2 Full Resolution Browse 8-bit images. 


LSDS-1823 Landsat Full Resolution Browse Data Format Control Book (DFCB)