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ESPA now includes Collection 2 Spectral Indices and Services

July 7, 2021

A new software release to the EROS Science Processing Architecture (ESPA) On Demand Interface includes Landsat Collection 2 spectral indices and services.

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Landsat 1 image showing the Fallon, Nevada area
Example of the Landsat 1-5 MSS Collection 2 level-1 product. This Landsat 1 image was acquired on June 26, 1974 near Fallon, Nevada and is shown as a false color composite using the near-infrared, red, and green bands (bands 3,2,1).

The following Landsat Collection 2 Surface Reflectance-derived Spectral Indices are now available through ESPA.

  • 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)

Details about each index listed above are available on

ESPA also allows users to request customized Landsat Collection 2 Level-1 and Level-2 data. This includes the ability to specify file format options, change projection and pixel size, and request spatial subsetting.

Note: On-demand generation of Collection 2 Level-2 Surface Reflectance or Surface Temperature products is NOT available from ESPA as these products are available for immediate download from EarthExplorer.

To learn more about the services that ESPA provides, visit the User Guide.

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