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Landsat 8 (L8) Data Users Handbook - Appendix B – Metadata File (MTL.txt)

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Section 1 – Introduction

Section 2 – Observatory Overview

Section 3 – Instrument Calibration

Section 4 – Level-1 Products

Section 5 – Conversion of DNs to Physical Units

Section 6 – Data Search and Access

Appendix A – Known Issues

Appendix B – Metadata File (MTL.txt)

References

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Appendix B Metadata File (MTL.txt)

The MTL.txt file is included with all L8 Level-1 Data Products. Landsat MTL files contain beneficial information for the systematic searching and archiving practices of data. Information about data processing and values important for enhancing Landsat data (such as conversion to reflectance and radiance) are also included in this file.

Data Format Control Books (DFCBs) define and describe Landsat metadata. DFCBs for all sensors are located on the Project Documentation web page.

Sample L8 MTL.txt file:

GROUP = L1_METADATA_FILE
GROUP = METADATA_FILE_INFO
ORIGIN = "Image courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey"
REQUEST_ID = "0501408100509_00025"
LANDSAT_SCENE_ID = "LC81880352014222LGN00"
FILE_DATE = 2014-08-10T14:53:31Z
STATION_ID = "LGN"
PROCESSING_SOFTWARE_VERSION = "LPGS_2.3.0"
END_GROUP = METADATA_FILE_INFO
GROUP = PRODUCT_METADATA
DATA_TYPE = "L1T"
ELEVATION_SOURCE = "GLS2000"
OUTPUT_FORMAT = "GEOTIFF"
SPACECRAFT_ID = "LANDSAT_8"
SENSOR_ID = "OLI_TIRS"
WRS_PATH = 188
WRS_ROW = 35
NADIR_OFFNADIR = "NADIR"
TARGET_WRS_PATH = 188
TARGET_WRS_ROW = 35
DATE_ACQUIRED = 2014-08-10
SCENE_CENTER_TIME = 09:36:28.4482251Z
CORNER_UL_LAT_PRODUCT = 37.09391
CORNER_UL_LON_PRODUCT = 13.68458
CORNER_UR_LAT_PRODUCT = 37.09426
CORNER_UR_LON_PRODUCT = 16.28392
CORNER_LL_LAT_PRODUCT = 34.97122
CORNER_LL_LON_PRODUCT = 13.71941
CORNER_LR_LAT_PRODUCT = 34.97154
CORNER_LR_LON_PRODUCT = 16.24992
CORNER_UL_PROJECTION_X_PRODUCT = 383100.000
CORNER_UL_PROJECTION_Y_PRODUCT = 4106100.000
CORNER_UR_PROJECTION_X_PRODUCT = 614100.000
CORNER_UR_PROJECTION_Y_PRODUCT = 4106100.000
CORNER_LL_PROJECTION_X_PRODUCT = 383100.000
CORNER_LL_PROJECTION_Y_PRODUCT = 3870600.000
CORNER_LR_PROJECTION_X_PRODUCT = 614100.000
CORNER_LR_PROJECTION_Y_PRODUCT = 3870600.000
PANCHROMATIC_LINES = 15701
PANCHROMATIC_SAMPLES = 15401
REFLECTIVE_LINES = 7851
REFLECTIVE_SAMPLES = 7701
THERMAL_LINES = 7851
THERMAL_SAMPLES = 7701
FILE_NAME_BAND_1 = "LC81880352014222LGN00_B1.TIF"
FILE_NAME_BAND_2 = "LC81880352014222LGN00_B2.TIF"
FILE_NAME_BAND_3 = "LC81880352014222LGN00_B3.TIF"
FILE_NAME_BAND_4 = "LC81880352014222LGN00_B4.TIF"
FILE_NAME_BAND_5 = "LC81880352014222LGN00_B5.TIF"
FILE_NAME_BAND_6 = "LC81880352014222LGN00_B6.TIF"
FILE_NAME_BAND_7 = "LC81880352014222LGN00_B7.TIF"
FILE_NAME_BAND_8 = "LC81880352014222LGN00_B8.TIF"
FILE_NAME_BAND_9 = "LC81880352014222LGN00_B9.TIF"
FILE_NAME_BAND_10 = "LC81880352014222LGN00_B10.TIF"
FILE_NAME_BAND_11 = "LC81880352014222LGN00_B11.TIF"
FILE_NAME_BAND_QUALITY = "LC81880352014222LGN00_BQA.TIF"
METADATA_FILE_NAME = "LC81880352014222LGN00_MTL.txt"
BPF_NAME_OLI = "LO8BPF20140810091759_20140810094745.01"
BPF_NAME_TIRS = "LT8BPF20140810091405_20140810094838.01"
CPF_NAME = "L8CPF20140701_20140930.01"
RLUT_FILE_NAME = "L8RLUT20130211_20431231v09.h5"
END_GROUP = PRODUCT_METADATA
GROUP = IMAGE_ATTRIBUTES
CLOUD_COVER = 0.07
IMAGE_QUALITY_OLI = 9
IMAGE_QUALITY_TIRS = 9
ROLL_ANGLE = -0.001
SUN_AZIMUTH = 129.94408789
SUN_ELEVATION = 61.58869412
EARTH_SUN_DISTANCE = 1.0136271
GROUND_CONTROL_POINTS_MODEL = 233
GEOMETRIC_RMSE_MODEL = 9.460
GEOMETRIC_RMSE_MODEL_Y = 5.281
GEOMETRIC_RMSE_MODEL_X = 7.849
GROUND_CONTROL_POINTS_VERIFY = 39
GEOMETRIC_RMSE_VERIFY = 13.179
END_GROUP = IMAGE_ATTRIBUTES
GROUP = MIN_MAX_RADIANCE
RADIANCE_MAXIMUM_BAND_1 = 739.76367
RADIANCE_MINIMUM_BAND_1 = -61.08992
RADIANCE_MAXIMUM_BAND_2 = 757.52698
RADIANCE_MINIMUM_BAND_2 = -62.55682
RADIANCE_MAXIMUM_BAND_3 = 698.05463
RADIANCE_MINIMUM_BAND_3 = -57.64558
RADIANCE_MAXIMUM_BAND_4 = 588.63898
RADIANCE_MINIMUM_BAND_4 = -48.61000
RADIANCE_MAXIMUM_BAND_5 = 360.21771
RADIANCE_MINIMUM_BAND_5 = -29.74690
RADIANCE_MAXIMUM_BAND_6 = 89.58287
RADIANCE_MINIMUM_BAND_6 = -7.39778
RADIANCE_MAXIMUM_BAND_7 = 30.19422
RADIANCE_MINIMUM_BAND_7 = -2.49345
RADIANCE_MAXIMUM_BAND_8 = 666.17737
RADIANCE_MINIMUM_BAND_8 = -55.01314
RADIANCE_MAXIMUM_BAND_9 = 140.78125
RADIANCE_MINIMUM_BAND_9 = -11.62576
RADIANCE_MAXIMUM_BAND_10 = 22.00180
RADIANCE_MINIMUM_BAND_10 = 0.10033
RADIANCE_MAXIMUM_BAND_11 = 22.00180
RADIANCE_MINIMUM_BAND_11 = 0.10033
END_GROUP = MIN_MAX_RADIANCE
GROUP = MIN_MAX_REFLECTANCE
REFLECTANCE_MAXIMUM_BAND_1 = 1.210700
REFLECTANCE_MINIMUM_BAND_1 = -0.099980
REFLECTANCE_MAXIMUM_BAND_2 = 1.210700
REFLECTANCE_MINIMUM_BAND_2 = -0.099980
REFLECTANCE_MAXIMUM_BAND_3 = 1.210700
REFLECTANCE_MINIMUM_BAND_3 = -0.099980
REFLECTANCE_MAXIMUM_BAND_4 = 1.210700
REFLECTANCE_MINIMUM_BAND_4 = -0.099980
REFLECTANCE_MAXIMUM_BAND_5 = 1.210700
REFLECTANCE_MINIMUM_BAND_5 = -0.099980
REFLECTANCE_MAXIMUM_BAND_6 = 1.210700
REFLECTANCE_MINIMUM_BAND_6 = -0.099980
REFLECTANCE_MAXIMUM_BAND_7 = 1.210700
REFLECTANCE_MINIMUM_BAND_7 = -0.099980
REFLECTANCE_MAXIMUM_BAND_8 = 1.210700
REFLECTANCE_MINIMUM_BAND_8 = -0.099980
REFLECTANCE_MAXIMUM_BAND_9 = 1.210700
REFLECTANCE_MINIMUM_BAND_9 = -0.099980
END_GROUP = MIN_MAX_REFLECTANCE
GROUP = MIN_MAX_PIXEL_VALUE
QUANTIZE_CAL_MAX_BAND_1 = 65535
QUANTIZE_CAL_MIN_BAND_1 = 1
QUANTIZE_CAL_MAX_BAND_2 = 65535
QUANTIZE_CAL_MIN_BAND_2 = 1
QUANTIZE_CAL_MAX_BAND_3 = 65535
QUANTIZE_CAL_MIN_BAND_3 = 1
QUANTIZE_CAL_MAX_BAND_4 = 65535
QUANTIZE_CAL_MIN_BAND_4 = 1
QUANTIZE_CAL_MAX_BAND_5 = 65535
QUANTIZE_CAL_MIN_BAND_5 = 1
QUANTIZE_CAL_MAX_BAND_6 = 65535
QUANTIZE_CAL_MIN_BAND_6 = 1
QUANTIZE_CAL_MAX_BAND_7 = 65535
QUANTIZE_CAL_MIN_BAND_7 = 1
QUANTIZE_CAL_MAX_BAND_8 = 65535
QUANTIZE_CAL_MIN_BAND_8 = 1
QUANTIZE_CAL_MAX_BAND_9 = 65535
QUANTIZE_CAL_MIN_BAND_9 = 1
QUANTIZE_CAL_MAX_BAND_10 = 65535
QUANTIZE_CAL_MIN_BAND_10 = 1
QUANTIZE_CAL_MAX_BAND_11 = 65535
QUANTIZE_CAL_MIN_BAND_11 = 1
END_GROUP = MIN_MAX_PIXEL_VALUE
GROUP = RADIOMETRIC_RESCALING
RADIANCE_MULT_BAND_1 = 1.2220E-02
RADIANCE_MULT_BAND_2 = 1.2514E-02
RADIANCE_MULT_BAND_3 = 1.1531E-02
RADIANCE_MULT_BAND_4 = 9.7239E-03
RADIANCE_MULT_BAND_5 = 5.9506E-03
RADIANCE_MULT_BAND_6 = 1.4799E-03
RADIANCE_MULT_BAND_7 = 4.9879E-04
RADIANCE_MULT_BAND_8 = 1.1005E-02
RADIANCE_MULT_BAND_9 = 2.3256E-03
RADIANCE_MULT_BAND_10 = 3.3420E-04
RADIANCE_MULT_BAND_11 = 3.3420E-04
RADIANCE_ADD_BAND_1 = -61.10214
RADIANCE_ADD_BAND_2 = -62.56934
RADIANCE_ADD_BAND_3 = -57.65711
RADIANCE_ADD_BAND_4 = -48.61972
RADIANCE_ADD_BAND_5 = -29.75285
RADIANCE_ADD_BAND_6 = -7.39926
RADIANCE_ADD_BAND_7 = -2.49395
RADIANCE_ADD_BAND_8 = -55.02415
RADIANCE_ADD_BAND_9 = -11.62809
RADIANCE_ADD_BAND_10 = 0.10000
RADIANCE_ADD_BAND_11 = 0.10000
REFLECTANCE_MULT_BAND_1 = 2.0000E-05
REFLECTANCE_MULT_BAND_2 = 2.0000E-05
REFLECTANCE_MULT_BAND_3 = 2.0000E-05
REFLECTANCE_MULT_BAND_4 = 2.0000E-05
REFLECTANCE_MULT_BAND_5 = 2.0000E-05
REFLECTANCE_MULT_BAND_6 = 2.0000E-05
REFLECTANCE_MULT_BAND_7 = 2.0000E-05
REFLECTANCE_MULT_BAND_8 = 2.0000E-05
REFLECTANCE_MULT_BAND_9 = 2.0000E-05
REFLECTANCE_ADD_BAND_1 = -0.100000
REFLECTANCE_ADD_BAND_2 = -0.100000
REFLECTANCE_ADD_BAND_3 = -0.100000
REFLECTANCE_ADD_BAND_4 = -0.100000
REFLECTANCE_ADD_BAND_5 = -0.100000
REFLECTANCE_ADD_BAND_6 = -0.100000
REFLECTANCE_ADD_BAND_7 = -0.100000
REFLECTANCE_ADD_BAND_8 = -0.100000
REFLECTANCE_ADD_BAND_9 = -0.100000
END_GROUP = RADIOMETRIC_RESCALING
GROUP = TIRS_THERMAL_CONSTANTS
K1_CONSTANT_BAND_10 = 774.89
K1_CONSTANT_BAND_11 = 480.89
K2_CONSTANT_BAND_10 = 1321.08
K2_CONSTANT_BAND_11 = 1201.14
END_GROUP = TIRS_THERMAL_CONSTANTS
GROUP = PROJECTION_PARAMETERS
MAP_PROJECTION = "UTM"
DATUM = "WGS84"
ELLIPSOID = "WGS84"
UTM_ZONE = 33
GRID_CELL_SIZE_PANCHROMATIC = 15.00
GRID_CELL_SIZE_REFLECTIVE = 30.00
GRID_CELL_SIZE_THERMAL = 30.00
ORIENTATION = "NORTH_UP"
RESAMPLING_OPTION = "CUBIC_CONVOLUTION"
END_GROUP = PROJECTION_PARAMETERS
END_GROUP = L1_METADATA_FILE
END

 

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