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NASA Landsat Data Collection

Metadata Updated: December 7, 2023

The NASA Landsat Data Collection (NLDC) is a compilation of Landsat multispectral scanner (MSS) scenes and Landsat thematic mapper (TM) scenes. This compilation of scenes represents data collections from four distinct projects including: (1) the Global Change Landsat Data Collection (GCLDC);(2) the Humid Tropical Forest Project (HTFP) collection of source scenes and products; (3) a collection of data from the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Research [formerly the Committee on Earth and Environmental Sciences (CEES)] that is historically referred to as the CEES collection; and (4) ongoing Landsat data purchases by NASA-funded investigators, starting with the 1996 fiscal year. The NLDC scenes have been screened for cloud cover and band quality resulting in a high grade,high quality data compilation. The GCLDC collection contains Landsat TM scenes that were purchased by NASA from Space Imaging, formerly the Earth Observation Satellite Company,under a special agreement to promote the use of shared data in global change research. The HTFP, the largest component of NASA's Landsat Pathfinder Program, contains Landsat MSS and TM scenes collected over the past 20 years. The goal of the HTFP is to globally map deforestation in the humid tropical forests. The CEES collection is the result of an effort to coordinate data needs among several Federal agencies (e.g.,Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Interior agencies, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Defense). These Landsat TM scenes were collected for a variety of research projects. Ongoing NASA purchases of Landsat TM data support NASA scientists and their affiliated researchers in programs and projects including the NASA Research and Analysis Program; the Global Land Cover Test Sites Project; the HTFP, the International Biosphere-Geosphere Programme, the NASA Applications Program; and the Landsat-7 Science Team.

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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 7, 2023

Metadata Source

Harvested from NASA Data.json

Additional Metadata

Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date December 7, 2023
Identifier C1220566355-USGS_LTA
Data First Published 1972-07-28
Language en-US
Data Last Modified 2019-03-25
Category geospatial
Public Access Level public
Bureau Code 026:00
Metadata Context
Metadata Catalog ID
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Catalog Describedby
Citation EROS Center. 1995-01-01. NASA Landsat Data Collection. Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA. Archived by National Aeronautics and Space Administration, U.S. Government, U.S. Geological Survey. Remote Sensing Image.
Creator EROS Center
Data Presentation Form Remote Sensing Image
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Harvest Source Id 58f92550-7a01-4f00-b1b2-8dc953bd598f
Harvest Source Title NASA Data.json
Homepage URL
Metadata Type geospatial
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Program Code 026:001
Release Place Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA
Source Datajson Identifier True
Source Hash 2cdecc36d8f145012c178cec7502c99d1c67fd7df50e659372469bd3704b7c5e
Source Schema Version 1.1
Temporal 1972-07-28T00:00:00Z/2022-01-17T00:00:00Z

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