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Landsat Filename and Metadata Changes

On August 29, 2012, filenames and metadata files associated with Landsat Level 1 Products changed. Modifications were made to make filenames, metadata fields, and files consistent for all sensors, including Landsat 8 data products.

File Naming Changes

Previous file names:
LT50290332011156PAC01.tar.gz (full bands zipped)
L5029033_03320110605.B10.TIF
L5029033_03320110605.B20.TIF
etc.
New file names:
LT50290332011156PAC01.tar.gz (full bands zipped)
LT50290332011156PAC01_B1.TIF
LT50290332011156PAC01_B2.TIF
etc.

Metadata File Changes

The historical metadata files were renamed to end in _MTLold.txt. The new files end in the standard _MTL.txt. Effective April 29, 2013, any Landsat scene processed includes only the _MTL.txt. Some scenes will have two files until the data is removed from downloadable status and reprocessed.

The files below list the ordering and field names of the current metadata in the first column, and the ordering and field names of the new metadata in the second column for each sensor. Each field name is identified as 'No change', 'Removed', 'Name update', or 'Added'. For each 'Name update', an explanation of the change is provided.

ETM+ Metadata Changes - .pdf (241 KB)

TM Metadata Changes - .pdf (226 KB)

MSS Metadata Changes - .pdf (227 KB)




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