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What is the Worldwide Reference System (WRS)?

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What is the Worldwide Reference System (WRS)?

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The Worldwide Reference System (WRS) is a global notation used in cataloging Landsat data. Landsat 8 and Landsat 7 follow the WRS-2, as did Landsat 5 and Landsat 4. Landsat 1, Landsat 2, and Landsat 3 followed WRS-1.

Shape files for WRS-1 and -2 (path/row boundaries) are available to download.

This file provides all WRS-2 Corner Points: .xlsx (5.9 MB)

Maps of WRS-2 center points and scene outlines:

Worldwide: ascending (nighttime)
  descending (daytime)
CONUS: .pdf (434 KB)
Alaska: .pdf (304 KB)
Hawaii: .pdf (97.7 KB)

 

 

 

 

 

The WRS-2 Path/Row to Latitude/Longitude Converter tool allows you to enter any Landsat path and row to get the nearest scene center latitude and longitude coordinates.

 

 

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