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Higher-Level Science Data Product Access

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Surface Reflectance Climate Data Record (CDR) and other Higher-Level Science data products can be ordered through the following pages:

USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center Science Processing Architecture (ESPA) On-Demand Interface

To begin the order, upload a text file (*.txt) listing one Landsat Level-1 identifier, or one MODIS scene identifier (filename) on each line. Scene identifiers can be found in the search results on EarthExplorer or GloVis. *Please note: Archived Landsat 4-5 TM scenes acquired from August 1982 to May 2012 and Landsat 7 ETM+ scenes acquired from 1999 to within one week of present acquisitions can be processed, with the exception of some Landsat 4-5 TM scenes. Please review the Caveats and Constraints section of the Higher-Level Data Products webpage.

After uploading the scene list text file, a number of options can be selected, including:

  • Source products (Original input Level-1 product or metadata)
  • Top of Atmosphere Reflectance, Surface Reflectance (SR), or Band 6 Brightness Temperature products
  • Surface Reflectance-based Spectral Indices (NDVI, EVI, SAVI, MSAVI, NDMI, NBR, NBR2)
  • Customizable output options: data format, reprojection, modifying the image extents, and pixel resizing
  • Intercomparison and Output Product Statistics Plotting

All orders submitted through ESPA are processed generally within 1-3 days. Email notifications are sent after the order is placed, and also after the data is processed and ready to download. *Note: Data requested through ESPA can NOT be downloaded using the EarthExplorer interface or Bulk Download Application (BDA).  Please refer to the ESPA On-Demand User Guide for more information.


EarthExplorer allows ordering of only the Surface Reflectance (SR) data product.  Requests from EarthExplorer are sent to the ESPA On-Demand interface for processing and data delivery.

Bulk Download Options for Higher-Level Science Data Products

RSS Feed and DownThemAll – Utilizes Mozilla Firefox web browser’s DownThemAll Utility

ESPA Bulk Download Client - Utilizes Python scripts for data downloads



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