Landsat Collection 2 Generation Timeline
This graphic displays the timeline of generating Level-1 and Level-2 Landsat products.
Note: Landsat Level-3 Dynamic Surface Water Extent and Fractional Snow Cover Area science products are produced approximately 3 days after the Level-2 products shown here are produced. Landsat Level-3 Burned Area are produced on the 14th and 28th of each month.
Landsat 7 - 9 Collection 2 Level-1 scenes are available for download within 4-6 hours after acquisition.
For Landsat 7 Collection 2 Level-1 scenes, the timeframe from Real-Time to Tier 1 or Tier 2 takes approximately 24-26 days to allow for application of the refined bumper mode parameters to the Real-Time scene. Collection 2 Level-2 Surface Reflectance and Surface Temperature products are typically available within 24 hours after a scene has been processed into Tier 1 or Tier 2.
For Landsat 8 Collection 2 Level-1 scenes it takes approximately 3-10 days to process to a Tier 1 or Tier 2 product while refined Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) instrument line of sight model parameters are applied to the Real-Time scene. Collection 2 Level-2 Surface Reflectance and Surface Temperature products are typically available within 24 hours after a scene has been processed into Tier 1 or Tier 2.
Landsat 9 Collection 2 Level-1 Tier 1 or Tier 2 scenes are delivered within 4-6 hours of acquisition, and a Level-2 Surface Reflectance and Surface Temperature product is available within 3 days.
Landsat 7-9 use NASA's Goddard Earth Observing System Model Version 5 Forward Processing for Instrument Teams (GEOS-5 FP-IT) Atmospheric Assimilation Products for Level-2 product generation.
Please note: Landsat 8-9 scenes are processed to U.S. ARD two to three days after the tiered products are processed to Level-2 science products.
To learn more about Collection 2 Tiers visit: https://www.usgs.gov/landsat-missions/landsat-collection-2