Landsat 7 Cloud Cover Assessment Validation Data

This collection contains 206* Landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) Level-1G scenes, displayed in the biomes listed below. Manually generated cloud masks are used to train and validate cloud cover assessment algorithms, which in turn are intended to compute the percentage of cloud cover in each scene. *Originally, this was reported as 207 masks, but one mask was erroneously counted.

102 scenes from this dataset were used in a cloud validation study described in Foga, Scaramuzza et al. (2017)1. The scenes used are indicated by "**" in the first column, below the biome name.

1 Foga, S., Scaramuzza, P.L., Guo, S., Zhu, Z., Dilley, R.D., Beckmann, T., Schmidt, G.L., Dwyer, J.L., Hughes, M.J. & Laue, B. (2017). Cloud detection algorithm comparison and validation for operational Landsat data products. Remote Sensing of Environment, 194, 379-390. doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2017.03.026.

Data citation

U.S. Geological Survey, 2016. L7 Irish Cloud Validation Masks. U.S. Geological Survey data release. doi:10.5066/F7XD0ZWC.

Scaramuzza, P.L., Bouchard, M.A. & Dwyer, J.L. (2012). Development of the Landsat data continuity mission cloud-cover assessment algorithms. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 50(4), 1140-1154. doi:10.1109/TGRS.2011.2164087.


Each file contains the Level-1 data band files in .TIF format, the metadata file (MTL.txt), and the manual masks in .TIF format.

The interpretation for the bits in each manual mask is as follows:

Value Interpretation
0    Fill
64 Cloud Shadow
128    Clear
192    Thin Cloud
255    Cloud

 

Additional information about this product can be found in the metadata.

Austral – 21 scenes
Boreal – 24 scenes
Mid Latitude North – 24 scenes
Mid Latitude South – 24 scenes
Polar North – 23 scenes
Polar South – 19 scenes
Sub Tropical North – 24 scenes
Sub Tropical South – 24 scenes
Tropical – 23 scenes

 

Austral Cloud Cover
Assessment Scene
Acquisition
Date
Sun
Elevation
ACCA Shadows? Manual
CCA
** Path 74 Row 92 11/3/2001 47.98 21.66% no 20.21%
** Path 75 Row 92 11/26/2001 51.98 37.61% no 43.45%
** Path 76 Row 92 1/17/2001 48.38 67.56% no 68.32%
** Path 226 Row 98 11/12/2001 43.42 91.32% no 87.47%
  Path 227 Row 94 10/18/2001 40.88 34.47% no 29.23%
  Path 227 Row 97 11/3/2001 42.34 29.46% no 31.27%
** Path 227 Row 98 11/3/2001 41.19 31.84% no 45.10%
  Path 228 Row 94 12/12/2001 50.72 96.53% no 95.92%
** Path 228 Row 95 12/28/2001 48.80 97.62% no 99.49%
** Path 228 Row 96 1/10/2001 46.22 53.58% no 52.90%
  Path 228 Row 97 11/26/2001 46.90 68.20% no 67.89%
  Path 228 Row 98 1/26/2001 40.91 99.27% no 99.50%
  Path 229 Row 92 11/1/2001 47.38 55.41% no 42.55%
  Path 229 Row 97 12/3/2001 47.55 47.31% no 42.05%
** Path 230 Row 92 12/26/2001 51.62 6.08% yes 2.32%
  Path 230 Row 94 12/26/2001 49.91 15.40% yes 12.46%
** Path 230 Row 95 12/10/2001 49.79 42.80% no 55.40%
** Path 231 Row 93-2 5/7/2001 17.35 82.27% no 89.46%
  Path 231 Row 93-3 8/11/2001 17.94 67.12% no 62.97%
  Path 231 Row 94 1/15/2001 47.10 52.27% no 52.24%
** Path 231 Row 96 1/31/2001 41.64 78.46% no 87.10%

 

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Boreal Cloud Cover
Assessment Scene
Acquisition
Date
Sun
Elevation
ACCA Shadows? Manual
CCA
  Path 2 Row 27 6/4/2001 60.26 60.03% no 57.45%
  Path 14 Row 21 8/11/2001 46.73 87.00% no 88.26%
  Path 22 Row 18 7/2/2001 51.19 17.49% no 17.64%
** Path 30 Row 24 7/26/2001 53.71 94.73% no 94.73%
  Path 39 Row 25 7/25/2001 54.86 13.73% yes 11.78%
** Path 40 Row 18 6/30/2001 51.35 0.00% no 0.87%
** Path 48 Row 21 6/22/2001 54.95 16.56% yes 12.27%
  Path 49 Row 22 6/13/2001 55.96 13.46% yes 9.32%
** Path 54 Row 19 6/16/2001 52.84 52.55% no 60.98%
  Path 79 Row 18 6/15/2001 51.72 99.98% no 99.99%
** Path 108 Row 18 7/29/2001 46.93 2.04% yes 1.42%
** Path 120 Row 28 7/17/2001 59.05 32.15% no 25.66%
  Path 128 Row 25 6/7/2001 58.60 47.36% no 48.18%
** Path 139 Row 24 8/7/2001 51.06 5.88% yes 7.53%
** Path 143 Row 21-1 3/12/2001 28.65 69.68% no 45.94%
** Path 143 Row 21-2 5/31/2001 53.82 45.67% no 45.59%
  Path 143 Row 21-3 8/3/2001 48.95 16.19% yes 14.64%
** Path 143 Row 21-4 12/25/2001 9.31 33.19% no 35.93%
  Path 146 Row 22 6/5/2001 55.43 61.09% no 52.71%
  Path 170 Row 27 5/28/2001 59.50 14.62% no 11.28%
** Path 177 Row 23 7/16/2001 54.67 12.63% no 11.62%
  Path 189 Row 21 7/4/2001 54.23 1.81% no 0.82%
  Path 195 Row 26 5/11/2001 55.42 17.43% yes 7.18%
** Path 202 Row 22 4/26/2001 46.91 94.57% no 95.94%

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Mid-Latitude North Cloud Cover
Assessment Scene
Acquisition
Date
Sun
Elevation
ACCA Shadows? Manual
CCA
** Path 16 Row 29 5/21/2001 60.32 60.25% no 61.00%
** Path 23 Row 29 6/7/2001 62.15 83.05% no 86.63%
** Path 25 Row 37 6/21/2001 66.27 49.77% no 26.59%
  Path 29 Row 30 8/20/2001 53.30 16.31% no 10.73%
  Path 33 Row 37 4/26/2001 61.07 4.92% no 2.95%
  Path 35 Row 33 8/14/2001 57.32 80.14% no 64.95%
** Path 36 Row 37 5/1/2001 62.29 0.00% no 0.00%
** Path 46 Row 32 6/8/2001 64.33 36.53% no 56.84%
** Path 107 Row 34 7/22/2001 62.34 41.55% no 64.06%
  Path 111 Row 29 4/29/2001 55.09 50.13% no 62.87%
  Path 139 Row 33 5/19/2001 63.07 0.00% no 0.00%
** Path 143 Row 38 5/31/2001 66.62 80.40% no 29.59%
** Path 144 Row 32 6/7/2001 64.27 16.04% yes 11.89%
** Path 147 Row 35 5/11/2001 63.03 8.22% no 6.75%
** Path 154 Row 34 7/31/2001 60.87 0.00% no 0.00%
  Path 171 Row 35 5/19/2001 64.36 0.00% no 0.00%
  Path 173 Row 32 5/1/2001 58.47 79.98% no 63.71%
  Path 184 Row 37 6/15/2001 66.50 0.00% no 0.00%
  Path 186 Row 32-1 2/21/2001 33.88 35.75% no 33.46%
** Path 186 Row 32-2 5/12/2001 61.10 11.12% no 7.71%
  Path 186 Row 32-3 9/1/2001 51.97 24.28% yes 33.11%
** Path 186 Row 32-4 10/3/2001 41.91 0.00% no 0.49%
  Path 196 Row 35 4/16/2001 56.59 0.00% no 0.00%
  Path 199 Row 31 7/26/2001 59.76 8.40% no 7.30%

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Mid-Latitude South Cloud Cover
Assessment Scene
Acquisition
Date
Sun
Elevation
ACCA Shadows? Manual
CCA
  Path 1 Row 84 2/5/2001 50.72 76.25% no 77.89%
** Path 71 Row 87 10/29/2001 51.87 7.70% yes 8.14%
** Path 72 Row 88 1/5/2001 53.58 20.32% no 14.63%
  Path 72 Row 89 2/6/2001 46.53 3.54% no 2.09%
** Path 73 Row 89 12/30/2001 53.43 7.01% no 1.77%
  Path 73 Row 90 12/14/2001 54.11 1.14% no 29.38%
  Path 74 Row 91 11/3/2001 49.04 30.56% yes 31.53%
  Path 89 Row 82 11/12/2001 58.80 3.77% no 0.99%
  Path 91 Row 87-1 3/15/2001 39.12 73.96% yes 95.68%
  Path 91 Row 87-2 5/2/2001 26.25 22.83% no 36.98%
** Path 91 Row 87-3 7/21/2001 20.98 58.28% no 23.64%
** Path 91 Row 87-4 11/10/2001 54.47 21.41% no 23.55%
** Path 92 Row 86 10/16/2001 49.22 70.92% no 63.17%
** Path 94 Row 84 12/18/2001 57.91 0.00% no 0.00%
  Path 94 Row 86 12/18/2001 56.77 43.65% no 38.24%
** Path 100 Row 82 12/12/2001 59.33 0.43% no 11.92%
  Path 109 Row 84 12/27/2001 56.99 6.15% no 9.11%
  Path 171 Row 82 11/11/2001 58.60 7.01% yes 6.76%
** Path 175 Row 83 10/22/2001 53.75 32.44% yes 36.17%
  Path 176 Row 82 1/14/2001 55.72 1.94% no 1.71%
** Path 225 Row 83 10/20/2001 53.27 90.71% no 80.55%
** Path 227 Row 84 10/18/2001 51.73 81.76% no 84.43%
** Path 232 Row 85 1/22/2001 52.70 0.28% no 0.00%
  Path 233 Row 91 11/29/2001 53.12 17.89% no 23.20%

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Polar North Cloud Cover
Assessment Scene
Acquisition
Date
Sun
Elevation
ACCA Shadows? Manual
CCA
  Path 15 Row 10 7/1/2001 42.02 82.09% no 68.62%
  Path 30 Row 12 8/11/2001 36.43 0.01% no 4.57%
  Path 35 Row 15 8/30/2001 33.83 11.15% no 12.84%
  Path 37 Row 2 6/6/2000 31.64 2.55% no 0.00%
** Path 43 Row 1 7/21/2001 28.21 1.43% no 13.52%
  Path 46 Row 14 8/11/2001 38.77 21.22% yes 36.29%
  Path 53 Row 246 6/9/2001 26.78 65.70% no 66.88%
** Path 57 Row 11 7/23/2001 40.04 31.35% no 37.29%
** Path 60 Row 5 7/12/2001 34.70 0.10% no 0.43%
** Path 61 Row 2 6/14/2000 32.24 0.15% no 1.41%
** Path 75 Row 246 6/3/2001 26.17 99.54% no 99.86%
  Path 77 Row 10 7/19/2001 39.62 83.60% no 90.21%
  Path 110 Row 12 7/27/2001 40.53 8.55% yes 9.40%
** Path 117 Row 17 7/28/2001 46.04 0.02% yes 10.26%
** Path 138 Row 16-1 3/25/2001 28.00 0.77% no 0.00%
** Path 138 Row 16-2 6/13/2001 49.34 33.07% yes 29.29%
** Path 138 Row 16-3 9/1/2001 34.52 63.60% yes 62.13%
  Path 138 Row 16-4 10/3/2001 22.65 34.19% no 42.60%
** Path 146  Row 11 7/7/2001 42.71 85.88% no 86.88%
  Path 152 Row 16 7/17/2001 47.09 30.15% yes 29.24%
  Path 173 Row 13 4/15/2001 32.50 7.03% no 11.01%
** Path 195 Row 10 6/12/2001 42.15 22.22% yes 38.60%
** Path 197 Row 14 6/26/2001 47.06 19.31% no 18.97%

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Polar South Cloud Cover
Assessment Scene
Acquisition
Date
Sun
Elevation
ACCA Shadows? Manual
CCA
** Path 5 Row 115 12/18/2001 27.72 26.54% no 97.42%
  Path 10 Row 120 11/19/2001 18.26 27.52% no 30.98%
  Path 36 Row 118 1/9/2001 22.38 93.72% no 93.86%
  Path 41 Row 118 1/28/2001 18.22 41.81% yes 61.37%
** Path 79 Row 117 1/6/2001 23.99 0.10% no 10.22%
  Path 91 Row 109 1/10/2001 32.59 0.00% no 0.00%
  Path 95 Row 107 1/23/2001 32.29 30.32% yes 40.16%
** Path 97 Row 107 2/6/2001 28.53 53.04% no 57.19%
** Path 97 Row 108 1/21/2001 31.65 0.00% no 0.00%
** Path 124 Row 109 1/18/2001 31.18 0.03% no 0.12%
  Path 136 Row 113 1/22/2001 25.72 0.00% no 16.30%
  Path 138 Row 109 1/20/2001 30.73 0.00% no 0.00%
** Path 162 Row 113 1/12/2001 27.80 14.91% no 23.18%
  Path 173 Row 121 1/25/2001 15.52 9.53% no 14.28%
** Path 181 Row 114 2/2/2001 21.60 87.51% no 75.32%
  Path 196 Row 115 1/26/2001 22.34 62.09% no 61.93%
** Path 217 Row 107 12/15/2001 37.07 20.21% yes 32.08%
** Path 222 Row 108 2/1/2001 28.69 39.15% no 47.60%
  Path 222 Row 115 1/16/2001 24.66 57.41% no 57.19%

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Subtropical North Cloud Cover
Assessment Scene
Acquisition
Date
Sun
Elevation
ACCA Shadows? Manual
CCA
  Path 19 Row 45 4/8/2001 60.65 23.30% yes 14.99%
** Path 24 Row 39 9/2/2001 57.54 96.76% no 97.63%
** Path 25 Row 40 7/23/2001 64.12 36.41% no 35.82%
** Path 26 Row 46 3/24/2001 57.00 10.51% yes 8.48%
  Path 31 Row 43 6/15/2001 66.29 18.35% yes 16.93%
** Path 35 Row 42 8/14/2001 62.20 3.75% yes 3.31%
  Path 118 Row 40 7/3/2001 65.82 22.09% yes 18.11%
  Path 131 Row 39 6/12/2001 66.86 22.55% yes 10.78%
  Path 131 Row 46 9/16/2001 59.49 59.22% no 52.04%
** Path 139 Row 45 9/8/2001 60.20 44.40% no 16.89%
  Path 142 Row 48 4/22/2001 63.88 0.00% no 0.74%
** Path 145 Row 43-1 1/21/2001 37.67 0.00% no 0.00%
** Path 145 Row 43-2 4/27/2001 64.04 0.00% no 0.00%
** Path 145 Row 43-3 8/1/2001 63.57 88.44% no 68.15%
** Path 145 Row 43-4 11/21/2001 40.41 0.00% no 0.00%
  Path 148 Row 42 5/2/2001 64.64 0.00% no 0.00%
  Path 168 Row 44 8/18/2001 62.31 0.00% no 0.00%
  Path 172 Row 48 5/26/2001 65.00 0.00% yes 0.09%
  Path 178 Row 42 4/18/2001 61.77 2.90% yes 2.16%
** Path 180 Row 43 5/2/2001 64.89 0.00% no 0.16%
** Path 180 Row 47 5/2/2001 65.03 0.00% no 0.00%
  Path 187 Row 47 8/23/2001 62.35 0.00% no 1.79%
** Path 189 Row 47 8/5/2001 62.92 4.62% yes 12.07%
  Path 194 Row 41 4/18/2001 61.30 0.00% no 0.00%

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Subtropical South Cloud Cover
Assessment Scene
Acquisition
Date
Sun
Elevation
ACCA Shadows? Manual
CCA
  Path 1 Row 75 2/5/2001 55.37 4.66% yes 4.24%
** Path 1 Row 76 11/20/2001 62.13 0.07% yes 1.41%
** Path 6 Row 70 12/9/2001 60.39 14.37% no 17.03%
  Path 97 Row 77 10/20/2001 58.23 0.00% no 0.00%
  Path 99 Row 78 12/21/2001 59.73 0.00% yes 0.20%
** Path 101 Row 72 12/3/2001 61.59 0.33% yes 0.86%
** Path 101 Row 74 10/16/2001 59.45 0.01% no 2.15%
  Path 107 Row 81 10/26/2001 56.44 0.15% no 0.22%
** Path 112 Row 78 12/16/2001 60.24 0.00% no 0.00%
  Path 113 Row 75 1/5/2001 58.62 18.62% no 22.07%
  Path 114 Row 74 12/14/2001 60.67 7.14% no 8.98%
** Path 158 Row 72-1 3/21/2001 52.39 34.96% no 30.76%
  Path 158 Row 72-2 4/22/2001 46.98 11.53% yes 10.48%
** Path 158 Row 72-3 9/13/2001 52.54 55.50% no 55.38%
  Path 158 Row 72-4 11/16/2001 62.79 41.36% yes 43.00%
** Path 160 Row 77 10/13/2001 56.61 0.89% yes 5.97%
  Path 168 Row 71 10/5/2001 59.12 0.67% yes 12.18%
** Path 170 Row 77 2/5/2001 54.68 33.29% yes 33.63%
  Path 177 Row 80 10/20/2001 55.92 0.32% no 7.66%
  Path 179 Row 75 2/20/2001 53.84 0.00% no 0.00%
  Path 216 Row 74 12/8/2001 61.24 41.30% no 42.64%
** Path 226 Row 79 1/28/2001 54.89 66.19% no 78.68%
** Path 230 Row 79 2/9/2001 53.15 0.02% no 5.94%
** Path 232 Row 79 11/6/2001 59.99 1.07% no 0.49%

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Tropical Cloud Cover
Assessment Scene
Acquisition
Date
Sun
Elevation
ACCA Shadows? Manual
CCA
  Path 1 Row 62 3/9/2001 57.63 87.81% no 93.72%
  Path 4 Row 64 7/20/2001 48.92 39.50% no 37.11%
** Path 4 Row 70 2/26/2001 55.53 88.27% no 87.75%
** Path 6 Row 58 5/31/2001 56.36 56.17% no 43.59%
  Path 7 Row 60 5/22/2001 55.28 70.95% no 78.33%
** Path 11 Row 55 6/3/2001 59.05 89.40% no 95.63%
** Path 17 Row 52 9/17/2001 61.80 8.22% no 12.27%
** Path 99 Row 66 11/19/2001 61.35 90.13% no 97.00%
  Path 111 Row 55 4/13/2001 61.71 5.17% no 4.99%
  Path 116 Row 50 4/16/2001 63.01 23.46% no 13.67%
** Path 170 Row 57 9/17/2001 62.11 14.40% no 12.59%
  Path 171 Row 67 2/12/2001 56.21 97.21% no 97.35%
** Path 174 Row 67-1 3/5/2001 56.38 93.06% no 92.14%
  Path 174 Row 67-2 4/6/2001 54.50 49.82% no 33.95%
** Path 174 Row 67-3 9/29/2001 60.27 30.35% no 56.08%
  Path 174 Row 67-4 12/18/2001 58.10 84.47% no 92.18%
** Path 184 Row 55 7/17/2001 57.73 93.10% no 92.08%
  Path 184 Row 63 12/8/2001 56.94 81.39% no 89.23%
  Path 190 Row 50 4/6/2001 61.49 0.36% yes 2.00%
  Path 190 Row 54 9/29/2001 61.57 50.19% no 34.97%
  Path 192 Row 56 10/29/2001 58.56 52.39% no 15.68%
** Path 199 Row 51 3/4/2001 54.15 0.00% no 0.00%
** Path 225 Row 68 12/23/2001 58.00 60.64% no 53.65%

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