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This page lists documents directly related to the Landsat and LDCM Projects.

Glossary & Acronyms

Policy Documents

  • National Space Policy (June 28, 2010) - .pdf (350 KB)
  • Landsat Data Policy Released (January 2, 2008) - .pdf (769 KB)
  • Landsat Data Continuity Strategy Adjustment Memo (December 23, 2005) - .pdf (40.6 KB)
  • Landsat Data Continuity Strategy (August 13, 2004) - .pdf (349 KB)
  • Presidential Decision Directive NSTC-3, Landsat Remote Sensing Strategy (October 16, 2000) - .pdf (360 KB)
  • Public Law on the Commercial Space Act (October 28, 1998) - .pdf (142 KB)
  • Commercial Space Act of 1997 (May 22, 1997) - .pdf (69.0 KB)
  • Land Remote Sensing Policy Act of 1992 (October 28, 1992) - .pdf (97.4 KB)

Mission Management Office

  • Management Plan for the Landsat Program (December 1, 1999) - .pdf (12 KB)
  • Landsat 7 FY 2002 Annual Report - .pdf (2.47 MB)
  • Landsat 7 FY 2000 Annual Report - .pdf (1.48 MB)
  • Landsat Updates

Technical Documentation (Landsat Collection 1 - 2016)

  • Landsat 7 ETM+ Level 1 Product Data Format Control Book (DFCB), LSDS-272 (August 2016) - .pdf (690 KB)
  • Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) Level 1 (L1) Data Format Control Book (DFCB), LS-284 (August 2016) - .pdf (747 KB)
  • Collection Definition Document (coming soon)

Technical Documentation (LDCM-Landsat 8)

  • Landsat 8 Data User Handbook
  • Landsat Science Team
  • Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Mission Data Data Format Control Book (DFCB) (October 2012) - .pdf (1.13 MB)
  • Landsat 8 Level 1 Data Format Control Book (DFCB) (May 2015) - .pdf (392 KB)
  • Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Level 0 Reformatted Data Format Control Book (DFCB) (October 2012) - .pdf (1.63 MB)
  • LDCM CAL/VAL ALGORITHM DESCRIPTION DOCUMENT (February 25, 2013) - .pdf (10.2 MB)

Technical Documentation (Landsat 7)

  • Landsat 7 Science Data Users Handbook
  • SLC-Off/SLC-On Gap-filled Methodology (March 18, 2004) - .pdf (444 KB)
  • SLC-Off/SLC-Off Gap-filled Methodology (October 7, 2004) - .pdf (153 KB)
  • Landsat Data - Known Issues
  • Landsat Science Team
  • Landsat 7 Calibration Parameter File (CPF) Definition Document (May 2007) - .pdf (1.19 MB)
  • SLC-off Usability Report (July 16, 2003) - .pdf (12.3 MB)
  • Landsat 7 IAS Radiometric ATBD LS-IAS-02 (June 2003) - .pdf (1.00 MB)
  • Landsat 7 IAS Geometric ATBD LS-IAS-01 (December 2006) - .pdf (697 KB)
  • Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document (ATBD) for SLC-off Processing (September 15, 2003) - .pdf (156 KB)
  • Landsat 7 Bumper Mode Scan Mirror Correction Algorithm Theoretical Basis (September 29, 2006) - .pdf (332 KB)
  • Extraction of GCP chips from GeoCover using Modified Moravec Interest Operator (MMIO) algorithm - .pdf (1.17 MB)
  • Landsat 7 (L7) Gap Phase Statistics Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document (ATBD) LS-IAS-05 (October 2007) - .pdf (177 KB)
  • Landsat Terrain Sensitivity Study V1.1 (May 2003) - .pdf (1.20 MB)

Technical Documentation (Landsat 5)

  • Landsat 5 Bumper Mode Scan Mirror Correction Algorithm Theoretical Basis (September 29, 2006) - .pdf (332 KB)
  • Landsat 5 TM Reflective-Band Absolute Radiometric Calibration (December 2004) - .pdf (2.61 MB)
  • Improvement in Absolute Calibration Accuracy of Landsat 5 TM with Landsat 7 ETM+ Data (2005) - .pdf (424 KB)
  • Revised Landsat 5 TM Radiometric Calibration Procedures and Post-Calibration Dynamic Ranges (2003) - .pdf (159 KB)
  • Revised Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper Radiometric Calibration (2007) - .pdf (300 KB)
  • Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper Thermal Band Calibration Update (October 2007) - .pdf (275 KB)
  • Landsat 4-5 Thematic Mapper (TM) Calibration Parameter File (CPF) Definition Document LSDS-43 (August 2014) - .pdf (1.22 MB)
  • Landsat 5 (L5) Lookup Table (LUT) Version Description Document (VDD) IAS-223 (April 2006) - .pdf (243 KB)
  • Landsat Data - Known Issues

Technical Documentation (Landsat 4)

  • Landsat 4 Data Users Handbook (1984) - .pdf (133 MB)
  • Absolute Calibration Accuracy of L4 TM and L5 TM Sensor Image Pairs (2006) - .pdf (584 KB)
  • Consistency of L4 TM Absolute Calibration with respect to the L5 TM Sensor Based on Near-Simultaneous Image Acquisition (2007) - .pdf (836 KB)
  • Landsat 4-5 Thematic Mapper (TM) Calibration Parameter File (CPF) Definition Document LSDS-43 (August 2014) - .pdf (1.22 MB)
  • Landsat Data - Known Issues

Technical Documentation (Landsat MSS)

  • Multispectral Scanner (MSS) Geometric Algorithm Description Document (June 2012) - .pdf (1.10 MB)
  • Landsat 1-5 Multispectral Scanner (MSS) Image Assessment System (IAS) Radiometric Algorithm Description Document (ADD) (June 2012) - .pdf (1.64 MB)
  • Landsat Data - Known Issues

Data Format Control Books

  • Landsat 8 Level 1 Data Format Control Book (DFCB) (May 2015) - .pdf (392 KB)
  • Landsat 8 (L8) Full REsolution Browse (FRB) Data Format Control Book (DFCB), LSDS-833, September 2013 - .pdf (300 KB)
  • Landsat 8 Calibration Parameter File (CPF) Data Format Control Book (DFCB) - .pdf (711 KB)
  • Landsat 8 / Landsat Data Continuity Mission Bias Parameter File (BPF) Data Format Control Book (DFCB) - .pdf (384 KB)
  • Landsat 7 System Data Format Control Book (DFCB) Volume I - Data Acquisition Plan (DAP) (September 4, 1996) - .pdf (198 KB)
  • Landsat 7 System Data Format Control Book (DFCB) Volume IV - Wideband Data (June 11, 1999) - .pdf (632 KB)
  • Landsat 7 Raw Computer Compatible Data Format Control Book, LS-DFCB-01 (March 2010) - .pdf (43.7 KB )
  • Landsat 7 ETM+ Level Zero-R Archive Data Format Control Book, LS-DFCB-02 (September 2008) - .pdf (549 KB)
  • Landsat 7 (L7) Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) Level 0 Reformatted Product (L0RP) Data Format Control Book (DFCB), LSDS-271 (June 2013) - .pdf (1.0 MB)
  • Landsat 7 ETM+ Level 1 Product Data Format Control Book (DFCB), LSDS-272 (August 2016) - .pdf (690 KB)
  • NLAPS Systematic Format Description Document (July 2000) - .pdf (1.01 MB)
  • Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) Raw Computer Compatible (RCC) Data Format Control Book (DFCB), LS-DFCB-06 (March 2010) - .pdf (39.6 KB)
  • Landsat D Data Format Control Book - Volume V - Payload, LS-DFCB-07 (July 31, 1981) - .pdf (1.62 MB)
  • Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) Fast Format Data Format Control Book (DFCB) - Version B, LS-DFCB-08 (November 1, 1993) - .pdf (4.63 MB)
  • Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) Fast Format Data Format Control Book (DFCB) - Version C, LS-DFCB-09 (April 23, 1996) - .pdf (12.5 MB)
  • Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) Level 1 (L1) Data Format Control Book (DFCB), LSDS-284 (August 2016) - .pdf (747 KB)
  • Landsat Multispectral Scanner (MSS) Level 1 (L1) Data Format Control Book (DFCB), LSDS-286 (August 2016) - .pdf (633 KB)

 

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