USGS Global Visualization Viewer for Aerial and Satellite Data

Dataset Summary

Agency Department of the Interior
Sub-Agency US Geological Survey
Category Geography and Environment
Date Released 1972
Date Updated Daily
Time Period 1972 - current
Frequency 16-days; Any given area is potentially imaged once every 16 days; images are added to the collection several times daily
Description Ten million archive images of the Earth's surface are available for immediate selection and free download via the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center's Global Visualization Viewer at Users can preview thumbnail browse images and download full-image selections from 1.5 million aerial photos of U.S. sites and 8.5 million images captured worldwide by U.S. Earth-observing satellites. (more)

Dataset Ratings

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Overall 4 out of 5
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Data Utility 4 out of 5
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Usefulness 3 out of 5
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Ease of Access    4 out of 5
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Dataset Metrics

Number of Downloads 911

Dataset Information Data Category Type
Tool Catalog
Specialized Data Category Designation Geospatial
Keywords Landsat, satellite, ETM+, MSS, TM, Multispectral Scanner, Enhanced Thematic Mapper, Thematic Mapper, remote sensing, earth observations
Unique ID 93

Contributing Agency Information

Citation There are no restrictions on data received from the U.S. Geological Survey's Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, unless expressly identified prior to or at the time of receipt. Depending on the product source, we request that the following statements be used when citing, copying, or reprinting data: USGS Products Acknowledgement: Data available from the U.S. Geological Survey. See USGS Visual Identity System Guidance for further details. Questions concerning the use or redistribution of USGS data should be directed to: or 1-888-ASK-USGS (1-888-275-8747).
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Dataset Coverage

Unit of Analysis
Each Landsat image collected is a scene. Each Landsat scene is 115 x 106 miles long. The globe is divided into 57,784 scenes, and each Landsat scene has about 3 billion bytes of data.
Granularity 15-meter to 120-meter pixels depending on the instrument used
Geographic Coverage Global land areas

Data Description

Collection Mode
satellite and satellite ground station antennas and related equipment
Data Collection Instrument
Data Dictionary/Variable List

Additional Dataset Documentation

Technical Documentation
FGDC Compliance (Geospatial Only)
Additional Metadata
OMB Control No. 3090-0284

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