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Landsat 8

Metadata Updated: December 6, 2023

The Operational Land Imager (OLI) and Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) are onboard the Landsat 8 satellite, have acquired images of the Earth since February 2013. The sensors collect images of the Earth with a 16-day repeat cycle, referenced to the Worldwide Reference System-2. The approximate scene size is 170 km north-south by 183 km east-west (106 mi by 114 mi).

Landsat 8 image data files consist of 11 spectral bands with a spatial resolution of 30 meters for bands 1-7 and bands 9-11; 15-meters for the panchromatic band 8. Delivered Landsat 8 Level-1 data typically include both OLI and TIRS data files; however, there may be OLI-only and/or TIRS-only scenes in the USGS archive. A Quality Assurance (QA.tif) band is also included. This file provides bit information regarding conditions that may affect the accuracy and usability of a given pixel – clouds, water or snow, for example.

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Public: This dataset is intended for public access and use. License: No license information was provided. If this work was prepared by an officer or employee of the United States government as part of that person's official duties it is considered a U.S. Government Work.

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Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date December 6, 2023

Metadata Source

Harvested from NASA Data.json

Additional Metadata

Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date December 6, 2023
Identifier C1235542031-USGS_LTA
Data First Published 2013-02-11
Language en-US
Data Last Modified 2022-12-29
Category CWIC, ESIP, LDCM, geospatial
Public Access Level public
Bureau Code 026:00
Metadata Context
Metadata Catalog ID
Schema Version
Catalog Describedby
Citation U.S. Geological Survey. Landsat 8. Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA. Archived by National Aeronautics and Space Administration, U.S. Government, U.S. Geological Survey. Remote-sensing image.
Creator U.S. Geological Survey
Data Presentation Form Remote-sensing image
Harvest Object Id db3ba65a-9934-43bb-a512-f8f5066f4054
Harvest Source Id 58f92550-7a01-4f00-b1b2-8dc953bd598f
Harvest Source Title NASA Data.json
Homepage URL
Metadata Type geospatial
Old Spatial -180.0 -82.71 180.0 82.74
Program Code 026:001
Release Place Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA
Source Datajson Identifier True
Source Hash 2e7f9f1d014951bca1273d1165dba5b0f412f2e0b92fc64d01d7edbe82310bb5
Source Schema Version 1.1
Temporal 2013-02-11T00:00:00Z/2023-02-28T00:00:00Z

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