Landsat Data in the Cloud

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The Landsat series of Earth-observing satellites has been continuously acquiring land surface imagery since 1972. Over 8.5 million Landsat scenes are currently available for download. Soon it will all be accessible from a cloud environment, in a cloud optimized format that gives you more flexible, customized access. In the past, users could spend 80% of their time downloading and processing files. With Landsat in the cloud, you get direct access to big data without the big files and big headaches.
 

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Length: 00:02:54

Location Taken: Sioux Falls, SD, US

Video Credits

Voicework:
- Jon Christopherson, Principal System Engineer, Contractor to USGS EROS
- Brian Hauge, Video/Animation Specialist, Contractor to USGS EROS

Concept, Writing, Editing & Content:
- Kelly Lemig, User Services Task Lead, Contractor to USGS EROS
- Nathan Roberts, User Services Representative, Contractor to USGS EROS
- Renee Pieschke, Cloud Data Manager/Operator, Contractor to USGS EROS
- Brian Hauge, Video/Animation Specialist, Contractor to USGS EROS

Transcript

(NARRATOR offscreen)
Hey. You there!

(USER)
Uh... yeah?

(NARRATOR)
Landsat data is moving to the cloud!

(USER)
Awesome.

(COMPUTER)
Wait, what does that actually mean?

(USER)
Yeah, what does that mean?

(NARRATOR)
The Landsat series of Earth-observing
satellites has been continuously
acquiring land surface imagery
since 1972. Over 8.5 million
Landsat scenes are currently
available for download. Soon
it will all be accessible
from a cloud environment.

(COMPUTER)
This, is my unimpressed faced.

(USER)
Yeah I... I know what a cloud is,
but why do we care where it's stored?

(NARRATOR)
The data's not just stored in the cloud,
it's stored in a cloud optimized format
that gives you more flexible,
customized access.

In a traditional workflow, you'd
download an entire scene's data
in a large file bundle.
Well you won't have to
do that anymore.
With cloud access you can
custom target any region,
and any subset of bands,
simplifying your workflow.

(USER)
Okay, that actually sounds
pretty cool.
I could use that!

(COMPUTER)
But, I still have to download
and store the data, right?

(NARRATOR)
The cloud isn't just a data server.
It can help you process
the data too.
There's no need to download
and maintain a local copy on your end.
Instead, you can utilized 3rd party
open source applications
to run your scripts in the cloud.
Right next to the data!

(COMPUTER)
So I won't need all these?

(USER)
Okay so, with Landsat in the cloud,
why do I need a desktop at all?
I could just do all this
with my phone or tablet. Right?

(COMPUTER)
Wait. What?

(NARRATOR)
Exactly!
It's all so much simpler!
In the past, users could spend
80% of their time
downloading and processing files.
With Landsat in the cloud,
you get direct access to big data
without the big files and big headaches.

(COMPUTER)
And, here come the bullet points.

(NARRATOR)
Hosting the Landsat record
in the cloud, provides users
with greater opportunities
to analyze Landsat data
for any number of applications.
This shift in storage and access
gets you closer to the data you need,
without tripping over data you don't.

(CAMERA GUY)
Hooooold on now. What about me?
What if I'm not ready for
fancy cloud services?

(NARRATOR)
We have you covered.
The Landsat record will continue
to be available for
traditional downloads via Earth Explorer,
GloVis, and other familiar USGS tools.
And even though the data will be
copied to the cloud for convenience,
the official archive will continue
to be hosted at
the USGS EROS facility
in South Dakota.
You can continue to use your
existing workflow,
and move to a cloud-based approach
at your own pace.

(CAMERA GUY)
I like it!

(NARRATOR)
The EROS team is excited
about these changes,
and we hope you are too.