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Additional Criteria

The 'Additional Criteria' tab is an optional input area that allows the entry of additional search criteria specific to the dataset(s) selected. Click the 'Additional Criteria' tab to display the additional criteria for the first dataset selected. The type and number of search criteria will vary by dataset.

Changing Your Browser Settings For New Windows

Provides an explanation of how to change the browser settings for Firefox and Internet Explorer for EarthExplorer.

EarthExplorer Brochure

The EarthExplorer trifold provides basic information for on-line access to remotely-sensed data from the U.S.


Provides an overview of the key features of EarthExplorer along with browser requirements.

Perform a Search

EarthExplorer allows users to search, download, and order data held in USGS archives through a number of query options.


The Results tab lists the results of your search. 10 records for each data set are displayed at a time. Each set of records for a given data set are manipulated independently of all other records on the page. Records can be manipulated using the icons below each record set.

Select Data Set

The 'Data Set' menu categorizes datasets into similar data collections. Select a dataset to specify which one to search.

Shapefile and KMZ

The EarthExplorer interface provides the capability to upload either an ESRI Shapefile or Google Earth Keyhole Markup Language file as search criteria.

Standing Request

The ‘Standing Request’ function allows registered users to run searches for new acquisitions, in the background, using the same search criteria.

User Interface

This page describes the EarthExplorer user interface.

> Bulk Download Tutorial

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BDA - video

The Bulk Download Application (BDA) is a tool for downloading large quantities of satellite imagery and geospatial data. The How to do a Bulk Download video shows how to install the BDA, add scenes to a bulk order via EarthExplorer, and use the BDA to retrieve them with little user interaction.

Bulk Download Application

Bulk Download Application

Bulk Download Application Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Bulk Download Application Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Bulk Download Application Help Documentation

Bulk Download Application Help Documentation

> Aerial Photography Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Aerial Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Aerial Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

> Customer Service

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Customer Services Information

Provides information on contacting Customer Services.

Data Citation

This page explains what statements should be used when citing, copying, or reprinting data.

Delivery Times

Product Delivery

Order, Shipping and Handling

Order, Handling and Shipping

USGS Certification

The USGS certifies that the image data requested and downloaded from the archives are authentic reproductions of official records of the government that are in the legal custody of the USGS at EROS.

USGS Foresee Survey

The purpose of the survey is to ensure that our websites meet our users' needs — your comments help us know what and how we need to improve. In fact, many significant improvements to our homepage, our Education site, and our search tool, to name a few, were based on user feedback. Thank you for helping us continuously improve.

> EROS Registration System (ERS)

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EROS Registration System (ERS)

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Registration System (ERS) centralizes all existing user profile and authentication for USGS EROS Web services into a single independent application.

Register for an Account – video

The Register for an Account video provides directions for creating an account on the EROS Registration System. The account establishes login credentials necessary for downloading and ordering remotely sensed data from EarthExplorer and other USGS EROS web services.

> Miscellaneous

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EarthExplorer Cookies

What are Cookies?

EarthExplorer Download File Information

EarthExplorer Download file Information

MultiSpec Cheat Sheet for Aircraft Scanner

MultiSpec successfully opens the aircraft scanner binary files.

USGS Inventory Servers Weekly Downtime

The USGS inventory servers are backed up weekly on Sunday mornings from

> Web Mapping

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Web Mapping Service

The Web Mapping Service (WMS) provides access to a georeferenced representation of the data for basic mapping and data visualization applications.