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Landsat Data Access

Since 2008, Landsat Level-1 data, as well as Level-2 and Level-3 science products held in the USGS archive, have been available for download at no charge from a variety of data portals. This page provides information about searching and downloading Landsat data and science products.

NOTE: Landsat Collection 1 data and products are no longer available to download from the USGS as of December 30, 2022.

Landsat Collection 2 remains available. Please review the information below on searching and downloading Landsat Collection 2 data and science products. 

 

Landsat Collection 2 Data Access

This table, listing the available Landsat products, shows where each can be accessed. While the majority of data are available for immediate download, some are processed on-demand. 

Products  /  Systems

EarthExplorer

Commercial
Cloud Access
 

GloVis

Landsat
Look

ESPA 
On-Demand

Landsat Level-1 Scenes  
(Landsat 1-9, Global)

Digital Numbers


Scene bundle
(all bands)
-or-
individual bands

   

Landsat Level-2 Scenes   
(Landsat 1-9, Global) 

  • Surface Reflectance
  • Surface Temperature


Scene bundle
(all bands) 
-or-
individual bands

 


Export
customized
mosaics

 

Landsat Provisional Level-2 Scenes

        ♦*​​​​​​

Landsat Surface Reflectance-
derived Spectral Indices
(Landsat 4-9, Global)

See below for listing of
available indices

       

♦*​​​​​​

Landsat U.S. Analysis
Ready Data (ARD) Tiles 
(Landsat 4-9, United States)

  • Top of Atmosphere (TOA) Reflectance
  • TOA Brightness Temperature
  • Surface Reflectance
  • Surface Temperature
  • Pixel Quality Assessment
     

Landsat Level-3 Tiles 
(Landsat 4-8, United States)
- Landsat 9 will become available in 2023 -

  • Dynamic Surface Water Extent
  • Burned Area
  • Fractional Snow Covered Area 
  • fSCA Statistics
     

Landsat Provisional Level-3 Scenes 

        ♦*​​​​​​
  • EarthExplorer: Graphical interface used to define areas of interest by selecting an area on the map, or entering an address, zip code, or by place name. Queries can be applied to multiple datasets simultaneously.
  • Commercial Cloud Access: Landsat data is accessible from the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud platform.  Visit the Landsat Commercial Cloud Data Access page for more information. 
  • GloVis: Visualization viewer that provides access to select datasets within the USGS remote sensing archive.
  • LandsatLook Viewer: Visualization client enables users to create dynamic custom mosaics ,customize mosaic using three band combinations, select spectral indices and quality assessment band filtering.
  • ESPA On-Demand: Allows higher-level data processing requests.

*Processing required, immediate downloads not available. 

 

Landsat Collection 2 Bulk Downloads, Bulk Metadata Access

  Level-1 Scenes Level-2 Scenes Landsat U.S. ARD Level-3 Tiles Provisional Level-2,
Level-3 Scenes
Machine-to-Machine
(M2M) API
 
EE Bulk Download Web
Application (BDWA)
 
Landsat Bulk Metadata
Service
   
ESPA API   ♦ Spectral Indices*,
Customized products*
    ♦*
ESPA Bulk Downloader   ♦ Spectral Indices*,
Customized products*
    ♦*
  • Machine-to-Machine (M2M) API : Allows users to search and download imagery as well as retrieve metadata from the EROS archive by using simple HTTP communications through various programming languages. (Request access to API)
  • EE Bulk Download Web Application (BDWA): Web-based tool useful for downloading large quantities of Landsat Collection 2 products with limited user interaction.
  • Landsat Bulk Metadata Service: Extract metadata from the Landsat archive.
  • ESPA API: Allows users to interact with using simple HTTP communications through the programming language of their choice.
  • ESPA Bulk Downloader: Can be utilized to automatically download completed scenes.

*Processing required, immediate downloads not available. 

 

 

Landsat Collection 2 Level-1 Scenes

Newly acquired Landsat 8, and Landsat 9 scenes become available for download typically less than 12 hours after data acquisition.

Landsat Collection 2 Level-1 scenes are available for download at no charge from EarthExplorer or GloVis. Landsat Collection 2 Level-1 scenes can also be accessible from the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud platform.  Visit the Landsat Commercial Cloud Data Access page for more information.

On EarthExplorer, they can be found under the Landsat category on the Data Set tab as shown on this image. Once search results are returned, clicking the green download icon will display the files available for download, as shown below. The first box displays the entire bundle download, along with the Full-Resolution Browse files.  Clicking the Product Options opens up the individual files of the bundle that can be downloaded individually.   

EarthExplorer Landsat Collection 2 Level-1 Download Options

Landsat Collection 2 Level-2 Scenes

Landsat Collection 2 Level-2 Surface Reflectance and Surface Temperature scene-based products are available for download at no charge from EarthExplorer. Landsat 4-5 Thematic Mapper, Landsat 7 ETM+, and Landsat 8-9 OLI/TIRS data are processed into Collection 2 Level-2 scenes. They can be found under the Landsat category on the Data Set tab as shown in this image

Similar to Landsat Collection 2 Level-1 results, Level-2 results will allow single file downloads of either Surface Reflectance and/or Surface Temperature.*  

*Note:  Surface Temperature data are not available for a small number of scenes, due to missing auxiliary data that is required during processing.  The Product Identifier for scenes containing both Surface Reflectance and Surface Temperature data will begin with "LC08_L2SP".  For scenes

that only contain surface reflectance data, the Product Identifier will begin with "LC08_L2SR". 

Landsat Collection 2 Level-2 EarthExplorer Download Options

 

 

Landsat Collection 2 Level-2 scenes can also be accessible from the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud platform.  Visit the Landsat Commercial Cloud Data Access page for more information.

 

Landsat Collection 2 Surface Reflectance-derived Spectral Indices

Landsat Collection 2 Surface Reflectance-derived Spectral Indices are produced on-demand, using the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center Science Processing Architecture (ESPA) On Demand Interface.  Processing services such as reprojection and spatial sub-setting are also available through ESPA. The following indices are currently available: 

  • Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) 

  • Enhanced Vegetation Index (EVI) 

  • Soil Adjusted Vegetation Index (SAVI) 

  • Modified Soil Adjusted Vegetation Index (MSAVI) 

  • Normalized Difference Moisture Index (NDMI) 

  • Normalized Burn Ratio (NBR) 

  • Normalized Burn Ratio 2 (NBR2) 

  • Normalized Difference Snow Index (NDSI)

 

Landsat Collection 2 Analysis Ready Data (ARD)

Landsat Collection 2 U.S. Analysis Ready Data (ARD) tiles contain Landsat Collection 2 products that are consistently processed to the highest scientific standards and level of processing required for direct use in monitoring and assessing landscape change. Landsat 4-5 Thematic Mapper, Landsat 7 ETM+, and Landsat 8-9 OLI/TIRS data are processed into Collection 2 ARD. U.S. Landsat Level-2 ARD are available for the Conterminous United States, Alaska, and Hawaii. 

ARD tiles contain Top-of-Atmosphere Reflectance, Top-of-Atmosphere Brightness Temperature, Surface Reflectance, Surface Temperature, and Pixel-level Quality Assessment data and are downloadable at no charge from EarthExplorer. Landsat Collection 2 ARD can also be accessible from the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud platform.  Visit the Landsat Commercial Cloud Data Access page for more information.

 

Landsat Collection 2 Level-3 Science Products

Landsat Collection 2 Level-3 Dynamic Surface Water Extent, Burned Area, and Fractional Snow Covered Area Science Products are generated using Landsat Collection 2 U.S. ARD. More information about these products can be found by accessing the Landsat Science Products page. 

 

Landsat Collection 2 Bulk Downloads

EarthExplorer Landsat Collection 1 Level-1 Bulk Download Selection

The Bulk Download Application is an easy-to-use tool for downloading large quantities of Landsat Collection 2 products and can be used to automatically retrieve them with little to no user interaction. The application will automatically iterate through the scene list and download each until all have been processed. Downloads can be paused, skipped, and resumed easily.

On the EarthExplorer Results tab, scenes can be added to a bulk order by selecting the gold folder, as highlighted in this image.

 

 

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