Remotely Sensed Imagery from USGS: Update on Products and Services

Authors: Rynn Lamb*, EROS DATA CENTER
Topics: Remote Sensing, Land Use and Land Cover Change, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: Landsat, Sentinel-2, remote sensing, land cover, archive, data access, User Group
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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As of early 2018, several new data products and services are available for public access at no charge from USGS/EROS Center. New data products include Multispectral Instrument (MSI) images from the Sentinel-2B satellite, which was launched in March 2017. The Sentinel-2B images are now available from USGS systems (along with Sentinel-2A) through collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA). The Sentinel-2 imagery is highly complementary to the imagery collected by the USGS Landsat 7 and 8 satellites. With the USGS and ESA satellites operating together, the potential revisit rate has been reduced to 2-4 days for global moderate-resolution imagery available through USGS systems. USGS has also released a revolutionary new Landsat Analysis Ready Data (ARD) product for the conterminous U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii. The Landsat ARD are processed to support pixel-level monitoring of landscape changes over time. In 2018, the USGS will also release four new U.S. Landsat Science Products to support land surface science: Surface Temperature (ST), Dynamic Surface Water Extent (DSWE), Burned Area (BA), and fractional Snow Covered Area (fSCA). Major upgrades have been completed for the USGS LandsatLook Viewer (https://landsatlook.usgs.gov/). Along with new features and enhancements, the viewer has been expanded to support rapid on-screen visualization of Sentinel-2 along with Landsat at up to full resolution. USGS will also be launching a User Group in late spring 2018, which will provide consultation and recommendations covering a broad range of topics related to EROS systems, services and capabilities.

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