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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - Landsat 8 -
Full Name Landsat 8
aka L8, Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), Landsat-8
Status Currently being flown
Mission Agencies USGS, NASA Launch Date 11 Feb 2013
Mission Links mission site | mission site | data access portal EOL Date May 2023
EO Portal Info NORAD Catalog # 39084 (TLE)
International Designator 2013-008A
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period 98.9 minutes
Orbit Sense Descending Orbit Inclination 98.2 deg
Orbit Altitude 705 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST 10:11 Repeat Cycle 16 days
Objectives and Applications 5-year mission design life with at least 10 years of consumables. Earth resources, land surface, environmental monitoring, agriculture and forestry, disaster monitoring and assessment, ice and snow cover.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
AtmosphereCloud type, amount and cloud top temperature OLI, TIRS
Radiation budget OLI, TIRS
LandAlbedo and reflectance OLI, TIRS
Landscape topography OLI
Vegetation OLI, TIRS
Surface temperature (land) OLI, TIRS
Multi-purpose imagery (land) OLI, TIRS
OceanOcean colour/biology OLI
Ocean topography/currents OLI
Multi-purpose imagery (ocean) OLI
Snow & IceSnow cover, edge and depth OLI, TIRS
Sea ice cover, edge and thickness OLI, TIRS
Mission Instruments
OLI - Operational Land Imager
TIRS - Thermal Infrared Sensor
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GA Landsat Collection 3
Jul-2019



The United States Geological Survey's (USGS) Landsat satellite program has been capturing images of the Australian continent for more than thirty years. DEA takes the hundreds of thousands of images, prepares them for Australian conditions, and makes adjustments to correct inconsistencies caused by changes in the atmosphere each time an image is captured (i.e. absence or presence of cloud cover), so that the data can be analysed to provide information about our changing continent. This corrected data set is known as Landsat Surface Reflectance, and it forms the basis for many of the other information products produced by DEA. Products derived from the surface reflectance collection include Fractional Cover, Water Observations from Space, the Intertidal Extents Model, and High and Low Tide Composites. Read more

GFOI Coverage Reports
Jul-2017



The CEOS Space Data Coordination group (SDCG) coordinates space satellite data for CEOS initiatives, such as the Global Forest Observation Initiative (GFOI). In support of the SDCG, the CEOS Systems Engineering Office (SEO) produces historical coverage analyses utilizing the data archives for the Landsat, Sentinel-1, and Sentinel-2 missions. Currently, the SEO produces an individual report for more than 70 GFOI countries (listed below alphabetically). Read more
Groups: LSI-VC F&B SG

Landsat Collection 1
Sep-2016



Landsat Collection 1 consists of Level-1 data products generated from Landsat 8 Operational Land Imager (OLI)/Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS), Landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+), Landsat 4-5 Thematic Mapper (TM)*, and Landsat 1-5 Multispectral Scanner (MSS) instruments. Read more

OpenSearch Datasets Selected IDN OpenSearch Results (search all 80 )
ABoVE: Burn Severity of Soil Organic Matter, Northwest Territories, Canada, 2014-2015
ABoVE: Distribution Maps of Wildland Fire Fuel Components across Alaskan Tundra, 2015
ABoVE: Landsat-derived Burn Scar dNBR across Alaska and Canada, 1985-2015
ABoVE: River Ice Breakup and Freeze-up Stages, Yukon River Basin, Alaska, 1972-2016
ABoVE: Riverbank Erosion and Vegetation Changes, Yukon River Basin, Alaska, 1984-2017
CMS: Landsat-derived Annual Land Cover Maps for the Colombian Amazon, 2001-2016
CMS: Mangrove Forest Cover Extent and Change across Major River Deltas, 2000-2016
COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH; IPY: Ocean-Ice Interaction in the Amundsen Sea sector of West Antarctica
GFOI_Borneo_Island
Global Food Security-support Analysis Data (GFSAD) Cropland Extent 2015 Africa 30 m V001

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