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This page has been started to organize and share resources that I have gathered on the Landsat program. NASA and the USGS have made their 40 year archive of Landsat data publicly available, giving scientists and citizens unprecedented access to spatial data of the world at a temporal level.

  • Earth Explorer This is the easiest way to access the different sets of Landsat Data as well as a host of other freely available spatial data. Avoid using Goolge Chrome on this because of the need for updated Java.
  • Global Land Cover (GLCV) NASA recommends this as one of several places to download Landsat data.
  • Landsat (GloVis) PortalThe portal to download Landsat data. GLS datasets are created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) using Landsat images. These global minimal-cloud cover, orthorectified Landsat data products support global assessments of land-cover, land cover-change, and ecosystem dynamics such as disturbance and vegetation health.
  • Global Land Cover (GLCV) NASA recommends this as one of several places to download Landsat data.


  • Landsat Science. "Benefits to People. " NASA. 5 November 2013. Web. 7 November 2013.

  • Simmon, Robert. "How to Make a True Color Landsat Image." NASA Earth Observatory. October 2013. Web. 25 October 2013.

  • Change Matters Landsat Viewer (from ESRI)
  • CLASlite: A site with links to software developed by the Department of Global Ecology at the Carnegie Institution. The software helps to track rates of deforestation using temporal images collected by the Landsat satellites.
  • Lanndsat Look This is an USGS hosted, ESRI powered interface to view Landsat imagery introduced in 2012. Arc NewsFall 2012 has a good write up on the powerful capabilities of the site.

Dangermond, Jack. "Understanding our world with Landsat Data and ArcGIS." ArcNews. Summer 2013. Web & PDF.