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Explore the world’s largest civilian collection of images of the Earth’s surface. Find satellite images and data, aerial photography, elevation and land cover datasets, digitized maps, and our Image Gallery collections.

Our Archive spans from 1937 aerial photographs to millions of satellite images of the Earth’s surface, starting with the original Earth orbits in the 1960’s and first Landsat satellite in 1972, to our current hourly additions of satellite images. Click on any product category to review detailed information on the products, plus how to order or download selected images at no charge.

> Aerial Photography

Name Description Availability
Aerial Photo Mosaics

Aerial Photo Mosaics were the aerial photo finding aids during the creation and photo revision of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) topographic map series.

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Aerial Photo Single Frames

Black-and-white, natural color, and color infrared aerial photographs over the United States are available in a digital format at a resolution of 400 or 1,000 dpi.
(1937 - present)

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Aircraft Scanner

Digital imagery acquired from several multispectral scanners on board NASA ER–2, NASA C–130B, and NASA Learjet aircrafts
(1982 - 1995)

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Antarctic Single Frame Records

A collection of aerial photographs over the Antarctic that is available for downloading as medium or high resolution digital images.
(1946 - 2000)

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Digital Orthophoto Quadrangle (DOQs)

Digital images of aerial photos which combine the image characteristics of the photo with the georeferenced qualities of a map.
(1987 - present)

GloVis, EarthExplorer
High Resolution Orthoimagery (HRO)

Digital images of orthorectified aerial photographs with a pixel resolution of 1-meter or finer from across the United States.
(2000 - 2015)

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National Aerial Photography Program (NAPP)

More than 1.3 million cloud-free black-and-white and color infrared aerial photographs over the United States were obtained from an altitude of 20,000 feet.

GloVis, EarthExplorer
National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP)

Aerial imagery acquired by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) during agricultural growing seasons in the conterminous United States. (2003-present)

EarthExplorer
National High Altitude Photography (NHAP)

Black-and-white and color infrared aerial photographs obtained from an altitude of 40,000 feet over the United States that are available as medium or high resolution digital images. (1980-1989)

GloVis, EarthExplorer
Public Affairs Office (PAO) Image Gallery

The Public Affairs Office (PAO) Image Gallery collection is composed of a wide variety of data ranging from low altitude aircraft to satellite to NASA imagery. Dates span from the early ‘70’s to present.

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SD Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Section Photography

Natural color aerial photographs acquired by a 35mm camera systems over 33 counties in eastern South Dakota. FSA acquired yearly imagery from 1979 through 2002

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Side-Looking Airborne Radar (SLAR) Mosaics

The Side-Looking Airborne Radar (SLAR) is an image-producing system that derives its name from the fact that the radar beam is transmitted from the side of the aircraft during data acquisition.

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Space Acquired Photography

Photos taken from the International Space Station (ISS), Shuttle, Skylab, Gemini, and Apollo missions.
(1965 - present)

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The Advanced Solid-state Array Spectroradiometer (ASAS)
Other airborne imagery collections: MASTER MODIS/ASTER Airborne Simulator
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U.S. Antarctic Resource Center - Antarctic Flight Line Maps

The USARC maintains a collection of Antarctic maps and charts with flight lines to identify coverage for aerial photographic missions. (1946 - 2000)

EarthExplorer, USARC

> Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR)

Name Description Availability
Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR)

1-km multispectral data from the NOAA satellite series.
(1979 to present)

NOAA Archive
AVHRR Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) Composites

Weekly and biweekly NDVI composites based on 1-km AVHRR data (1989 to present).

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> CEOS Legacy

Name Description Availability
Calibration/Validation Test Sites

This collection of test sites provides critical information on the post launch characterization and calibration of space-based optical imaging sensors to assist the global science community in providing more accurate land/climate studies.(1972 to present)

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Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI)

Global Forest Observations Initiative was created to support countries wanting to establish national forest-change, carbon estimation and reporting systems.

 

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Joint Experiment for Crop Assessment and Monitoring (JECAM)

The overarching goal of JECAM is to reach a convergence of approaches, develop monitoring and reporting protocols and best practices for a variety of global agricultural systems. JECAM will enable the global agricultural monitoring community to compare results based on disparate sources of data, using various methods, over a variety of global cropping systems.

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> Commercial Satellites

Name Description Availability
Commercial Data Purchases (CDP) Imagery

Collection of licensed commercial imagery from various vendors. Available to government agencies only.

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OrbView-3

GeoEye’s OrbView-3 satellite was among the world’s first commercial satellites to provide high-resolution imagery from space. (2003 to 2007)

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SPOT - North American Data Buy

Multispectral data over the United States acquired by SPOT 4 and 5 satellites. This dataset of licensed commercial imagery is available to U.S. civil Government agencies. (2010 - 2013)

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SPOT Controlled Image Base 10 meter (CIB-10)

SPOT Controlled Image Base is an orthorectified product derived from panchromatic images with a 10-meter ground sample distance. Coverage is limited to portions of the United States, Europe, Middle East, Southeast Asia, North and South Korea, Central America, western Russia, and other smaller areas around the world. (1986-1993)

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SPOT Historical

The SPOT Historical archive holdings maintained and preserved by the USGS/Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center were received from the SPOT IMAGE Corporation in 1999. The French space agency, Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES), owns and operates the SPOT satellite system and worldwide commercial operations are anchored  by private companies (i.e., SPOT IMAGE Corp. of the United States and other distributors around the world).

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> Declassified Data

Name Description Availability
Declassified Satellite Imagery - 1

A collection of declassified military intelligence photographs from the CORONA, ARGON, and LANYARD satellite systems in digital format.
(1960 to 1972)

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Declassified Satellite Imagery - 2

A collection of declassified military intelligence photographs from the KH-7 surveillance and KH-9 mapping satellite systems in digital format.
(1963 to 1980)

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Declassified Satellite Imagery - 3

A collection of declassified military intelligence photographs from the Keyhole (KH) satellite system KH-9 (Hexagon) in digital format. (1971 to 1984)

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> Digital Elevation

Name Description Availability
Coastal National Elevation Database (CoNED) Project - Topobathymetric Digital Elevation Model (TBDEM)

The Coastal National Elevation Database (CoNED) Project - topobathymetric digital elevation models (TBDEMs) are merged renderings of both topography (land elevation) and bathymetry (water depth) to provide seamless elevation products for select coastal regions in the United States (2011-present).

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Elevation Derivatives for National Applications (EDNA) Seamless Three-Dimensional Hydrologic Database

Elevation Derivatives for National Applications (EDNA) is a seamless, nationwide, multi-layered three-dimensional (3D) hydrologic database derived from a version of the National Elevation Dataset.

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Global 30 Arc-Second Elevation (GTOPO30)

Global 1-km digital raster data derived from a variety of sources.

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Global Multi-resolution Terrain Elevation Data 2010 (GMTED2010)

The Global Multi-resolution Terrain Elevation Data 2010 (GMTED2010) provides a new level of detail in global topographic data. The GMTED2010 product suite contains seven new raster elevation products for each of the 30-, 15-, and 7.5-arc-second spatial resolutions and incorporates the current best available global elevation data.

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HYDRO1K

A global hydrologic database derived from 1996 GTOPO30 data.

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Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR)

LIDAR point clouds provide 3-dimensional horizontal position and vertical elevation data with a nominal pulse spacing of 3 meters or finer from across the United States. (2000-present)

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National Elevation Dataset (NED)

The National Elevation Dataset (NED) is the primary elevation data product of the USGS. The NED is a seamless dataset with the best available raster elevation data of the conterminous United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and territorial islands.

National Map Viewer
Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM)

SRTM data have been enhanced to fill areas of missing data to provide digital elevation data with a resolution of 1 arc-second for global coverage.

EarthExplorer
Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) 1 Arc-Second Global

SRTM data have been enhanced to fill areas of missing data to provide digital elevation data with a resolution of 1 arc-second for global coverage. 

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Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) Non-Void Filled

Shuttle Radar Topography Mission data were used to generate digital elevation data with a resolution of 1 arc-second for the United States and 3 arc-seconds for global coverage.  

 

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Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) Research Grade

Research grade C-band SRTM data are available through NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the SRTM/X-SAR data are available through the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

NASA JPL, DLR
Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) Void Filled

SRTM data have been enhanced to fill areas of missing data to provide more complete digital elevation data with a resolution of 1 arc-second for the United States and 3 arc-seconds for global coverage.

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SRTM Water Body Dataset

The SRTM Water Body Data files are a by-product of the data editing performed by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to produce the finished SRTM Digital Terrain Elevation Data Level 2 (DTED® 2).

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> Digital Line Graphs (DLG)

Name Description Availability
Digital Line Graphs (DLGs)

Digital Line Graphs (DLGs) are digital vector representations of cartographic information derived from USGS maps and related sources.

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> Digital Maps

Name Description Availability
National Atlas

Maps of America are what you'll find and make on nationalatlas.gov. Maps that capture and depict the patterns, conditions, and trends of American life. Maps that supplement interesting articles. Maps that tell their own stories. Maps that cover all of the United States or just your area of interest.

National Map Viewer

> Earth Observing One (EO-1)

Name Description Availability
EO-1 (Earth Observing-1)

10- to 30-meter multispectral and hyperspectral data from the Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) Extended Mission.
(2000 to 2017) 

GloVis, EarthExplorer

> Global Fiducials

Name Description Availability
Global Fiducials Library

The Global Fiducials Program is a collaborative effort between Federal Civil Agencies, Academia, and the Intelligence Community. The principal goal of the Global Fiducials Program was to build and maintain a long-term record of data to support scientists and policy makers involved in that collaborative effort.

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> Global Land Survey (GLS)

Name Description Availability
Global Land Survey (GLS)

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have collaborated on the creation of the Global Land Surveys (GLS) datasets.  This collection contains images acquired from 1972 to 2012.

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Landsat Image Mosaic Of Antarctica (LIMA)

Discover Antarctica in greater detail than ever before by exploring the nine versions of the Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica (LIMA). Each version highlights different features of the landscape.

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> Heat Capacity Mapping Mission (HCMM)

Name Description Availability
Heat Capacity Mapping Mission (HCMM)

HCMM was the first of a series of NASA Applications Explorer Missions (AEM-A) that collected visible and thermal band data. A HCMM scene has a width of 715 km with a moderate resolution of 500-600 meters. (1978-1980)

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> ISERV

Name Description Availability
ISS SERVIR Environmental Research and Visualization System (ISERV)

The ISS SERVIR Environmental Research and Visualization System (ISERV) is an automated system designed to acquired images of the Earth's surface from the International Space Station (ISS).

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> ISRO Resourcesat

Name Description Availability
ISRO Resourcesat 1 and Resourcesat 2

The Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) Resourcesat-1 (2003- present) and Resourcesat-2 (2011-present) satellites provide multispectral images at 24- and 56-meter resolution.

GloVis, EarthExplorer

> Land Cover Products

Name Description Availability
Adopt a Pixel

Adopt a Pixel is a citizen science program that engages the public in collecting data, in this case landscape photographs, for scientific research.

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Global Land Cover Characterization (GLCC)

A global land cover database primarily derived from 1992 to 1993 1-km AVHRR data.

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Land Cover Trends Geotagged Photography

Geospatially tagged ground-based landscape photographs from across the United States. Images initially served as a research tool to aid Landsat-derived land-use/land-cover analyses and assessments (1999-2009).

EarthExplorer

> Landsat Satellite Archives

Name Description Availability
Landsat 4-5 Thematic Mapper (TM) Collection 1 Higher-Level Data Products - Surface Reflectance

Surface Reflectance Higher-Level Data Products at a 30-meter spatial resolution can be ordered for Landsat 4-5 Thematic Mapper Collection 1 scenes. (1982-2012)

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Landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) Collection 1 Higher-Level Data Products - Surface Reflectance

Surface Reflectance Higher-Level Data Products at a 30-meter spatial resolution can be ordered for Landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper Collection 1 scenes. (1999-Present)

EarthExplorer
Landsat 8 OLI (Operational Land Imager) and TIRS (Thermal Infrared Sensor)

15- to 30- meter multispectral data from Landsat 8

GloVis, EarthExplorer, LandsatLook Viewer
Landsat 8 OLI/TIRS Collection 1 Higher-Level Data Products

Surface Reflectance Higher-Level Data Products at a 30-meter spatial resolution can be ordered for Landsat 8 OLI/TIRS Collection 1 scenes. (2013-present)

EarthExplorer
Landsat Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+)
15- to 30-meter multispectral data from Landsat 7. (1999 to present)
GloVis, EarthExplorer, LandsatLook Viewer
Landsat Multispectral Scanner (MSS)

80-meter multispectral data from Landsats 1 - 5. (1972-1992)

GloVis, EarthExplorer, LandsatLook Viewer
Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM)

30-meter multispectral data from Landsats 4 and 5. (1982 to 2012)

GloVis, EarthExplorer, LandsatLook Viewer

> Landsat Satellite Legacy

Name Description Availability
Landsat Multispectral Scanner (MSS) Film Only

Landsats 1 through 5 MSS scenes from film sources are available in digital format as a color composite and as four black-and-white spectral bands.  (1972-1992)

EarthExplorer
Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) Film Only

Landsat 4 and 5 TM scenes scanned from film images-available as color composite or 7 B/W spectral bands.
(1982-1988)

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Return Beam Vidicon (RBV) Film Only

EROS Laser Beam Recorders (LBRs) recorded MSS and RBV data at 28 microns to 9-inch film rolls and the imagery was chipped up for archival storage and remains a viable archive backup to the digital MSS archive

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Tri-Decadal Global Landsat Orthorectified

The Tri-Decadal Global Landsat Orthorectified data collection consists of a global set of high-quality, relatively cloud-free orthorectified MSS, TM and ETM+ scenes from Landsats 1-5 and 7.

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Tri-Decadal Global Landsat Orthorectified Overview

An overview of the Tri-Decadal Global Landsat Orthorectified data collection.

GloVis, EarthExplorer
Tri-Decadal Global Landsat Orthorectified TM and ETM+ Pan-sharpened Mosaics

The Tri-Decadal Global Landsat TM Orthorectified and ETM+ Pan-sharpened Mosaics data collections are derived from a global set of high-quality, relatively cloud-free orthorectified TM and ETM+ imagery from Landsats 4, 5 and 7.

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> NASA LPDAAC Collections

Name Description Availability
Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER)

The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) is one of a number of instruments on board the Terra platform, which was launched in December 1999.

Data Pool, GloVis, EarthExplorer, Reverb
Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)

Moderate-resolution (250- to 1000-meter) multispectral data from the Terra Satellite (2000 to present) and Aqua Satellite (2002 to present).

Data Pool, GloVis, EarthExplorer, Reverb
NASA Shuttle Radar Topography Mission Global 3 arc second SRTMGL3S

SRTM Global 3 arc second sub-sampled

EarthExplorer
NASA Shuttle Radar Topography Mission Global 30 arc second (SRTMGL3)

SRTM Global 3 arc second sub-sampled

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NASA Shuttle Radar Topography Mission Global 30 arc second SRTMGL30

SRTM Global 30 arc second

EarthExplorer
NASA Shuttle Radar Topography Mission Global 30 arc second SRTMGL3N

SRTM Global 3 arc second number

EarthExplorer
NASA Shuttle Radar Topography Mission Global 30 arc second SRTMSWBD

SRTM Water Body Data

EarthExplorer
NASA Shuttle Radar Topography Mission Global 30 arc second SRTMUS1

SRTM US 1 arc second

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NASA Shuttle Radar Topography Mission United States 1 arc second number (SRTMUS1N)

SRTM US 1 arc second number

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NASA Web-Enabled Landsat Data - Alaska Annual (WELDAKYR)

WELD Alaska Annual

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NASA Web-Enabled Landsat Data - Alaska Lat/Longs (WELDAKLL)

WELD Alaska Lat/Longs

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NASA Web-Enabled Landsat Data - Alaska Monthly (WELDAKMO)

WELD Alaska Monthly

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NASA Web-Enabled Landsat Data - Alaska Seasonal (WELDAKSE)

WELD Alaska Seasonal

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NASA Web-Enabled Landsat Data - Alaska Weekly (WELDAKWK)

WELD Alaska Weekly

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NASA Web-Enabled Landsat Data - CONUS Annual (WELDUSYR)

WELD CONUS Annual

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NASA Web-Enabled Landsat Data - CONUS Lat/Long (WELDUSLL)

 CONUS Lat/Long (WELDUSLL)

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NASA Web-Enabled Landsat Data - CONUS Monthly (WELDUSMO)

WELD Alaska Monthly

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NASA Web-Enabled Landsat Data - CONUS Seasonal (WELDUSSE)

WELD CONUS Seasonal

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NASA Web-Enabled Landsat Data - CONUS Weekly (WELDUSWK)

WELD CONUS Weekly

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> Radar

Name Description Availability
IFSAR Orthorectified Radar Image (ORI) Alaska

Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (IFSAR) data were used to generate an Orthorectified Radar Image (ORI) product for Alaska (2010-2012).

EarthExplorer
Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (IFSAR) Alaska

Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (IFSAR) data were used to generate Digital Surface Model (DSM) and Digital Terrain Model (DTM) data for Alaska (2010-2012).

EarthExplorer
Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR)

LIDAR point clouds provide 3-dimensional horizontal position and vertical elevation data with a nominal pulse spacing of 3 meters or finer from across the United States. (2000-present)

EarthExplorer
Spaceborne Imaging Radar C-band (SIR-C)

Imaging radar data (C-band and L-band) from two Space Shuttle missions (1994).

EarthExplorer

> Sentinel-2

Name Description Availability
Sentinel-2

The European Space Agency’s Multispectral Instrument on the Sentinel-2A satellite provides global (from 83 degrees north 56 degrees south latitude) 10-meter resolution, multispectral images every 10 days (2015-present).

GloVis, EarthExplorer, Sentinel-2Look Viewer

> Vegetation Monitoring

Name Description Availability
AVHRR Remote Sensing Phenology

An annual record of nine historical Remote Sensing Phenology metrics for the conterminous United States is available at a resolution of 1 km for AVHRR phenology products (1989-present).

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eMODIS (EROS Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer)

The eMODIS collection is based on the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data acquired by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Earth Observing System (EOS).

EarthExplorer
eMODIS Remote Sensing Phenology

An annual record of nine historical Remote Sensing Phenology metrics for the conterminous United States is available at a resolution of 250 m for products derived from eMODIS data (2001-present).

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NOAA Climate Data Record (CDR) Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI)

Daily global Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) images and data based on surface reflectance derived from data acquired by the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) on NOAA’s polar orbiting weather satellites (1981-2013).

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Quick Drought Response Index (QuickDRI)

Weekly geospatial model and dataset that is an indicator of short-term dryness across the conterminous United States (CONUS).  Quick Drought Response Index (QuickDRI) is designed to have improved sensitivity to early-stage drought conditions and rapidly evolving drought events.

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Vegetation Drought Response Index (VegDRI)

Weekly VegDRI maps integrate remote sensing, climate, and biophysical data to provide timely drought information for the conterminous United States. (2009-present)

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