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Landsat Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+)


    Landsat ETM+ Image (Seattle, WA)

NOTE:  2016 Collection Management Implementation Plans

In 2016, the USGS will implement a collection management scheme for Landsat Level-1 products. This new scheme will provide a quality-controlled selection of radiometrically calibrated and consistently geolocated data with sufficiently geographically aligned pixels to support time series analysis through the full Landsat record. A number of changes are being made to support this effort, including incorporating new Landsat product identifiers and placing the scenes into a tier structure. More details about the Landsat Collection plans can be found on

The Landsat Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) sensor onboard the Landsat 7 satellite has acquired images of the Earth nearly continuously since July 1999, with a 16-day repeat cycle.  Landsat 7 images are referenced to the Worldwide Reference System-2.

All Landsat 7 scenes collected since May 30, 2003 have data gaps due to the Scan Line Corrector (SLC) failure. Landsat 7 scenes acquired after this date are categorized as SLC-off. This page describes the details of the SLC-off data, and provides established methods to fill the scenes:

Landsat 7 ETM+ images consist of eight spectral bands with a spatial resolution of 30 meters for bands 1 to 7. The panchromatic band 8 has a resolution of 15 meters. All bands can collect one of two gain settings (high or low) for increased radiometric sensitivity and dynamic range, while Band 6 collects both high and low gain for all scenes. Approximate scene size is 170 km north-south by 183 km east-west (106 mi by 114 mi).

Standard Processing Parameters

All Landsat 7 ETM+ products are processed through the Level 1 Product Generation System (LPGS) with the following parameters applied.

Product Type L1T Terrain Corrected*
Resampling Method Cubic Convolution (CC)
Map Projection UTM – WGS 84
Polar Stereographic for the continent of Antarctica.
Image Orientation Map (North Up)
Distribution FTP Download Only
Delivery Time Within 24 hours of new acquisitions; 1 to 3 days for processing requests for already-archived data

* While most Landsat scenes are processed with the Standard Terrain Correction (Level 1T), some scenes do not have the ground-control or elevation data necessary to perform these corrections. In these cases, the best level of correction is applied. (See Landsat Processing Details for details on correction levels.)

Specific Level 1T scenes are available for most of the globe under the Global Land Surveys (GLS) collections of 1975, 1990, 2000, 2005, and 2010. These datasets can be found on EarthExplorer or the USGS Global Visualization Viewer.

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