Thursday, April 4, 2013

Landsat LDCM Sample Image Now Available for Download

As VermontView Director Jaralth O’Neil-Dunne mentioned in the March 29th AmericaView post, LDCM / Landsat 8 is in orbit and being prepped to acquire data, carrying on the record-setting Landsat legacy. Knowing that this blog is read by numerous early adopters, it seems apropos to help distribute far and wide a link to a sample of the data recently made available by the good folks at USGS Land Remote Sensing. The image (shown below) was acquired on March 18th, 2013 and is provided for those of us who’d like a first look at the sensor’s 16-bit data. Check it out and spread the word. Feel free to comment and let us know what you think. We’ll pass your thoughts along to the USGS. They’d appreciate the feedback. Alternatively, send them your thoughts directly from here.

NOTE: This sample image is considered Engineering data, which implies that the data do not meet the exact specification as when the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) is declared operational in May. More information regarding caveats is available at the USGS sample data post here.