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Landsat 8 OLI-TIRS European Coverage


05 Sep 2019

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European coverage of Landsat 8 data since the beginning of the mission is available on the Landsat 8 portal.

Data shown on the portal:

  • Reprocessed (Tier 1 and Tier 2, see definition on the USGS website.) products from Matera and Kiruna stations, May 2013 - December 2018; some time windows are currently missing and will be gradually available as reprocessed
  • European coverage (NRT, Tier 1 and Tier 2 data), from January 2019 onwards
  • Daily data from Landsat-8 on the Landsat-8 Portal.

Most of the ESA archive has been acquired at ESA receiving stations (Matera and Kiruna visibility masks).

Landsat 8 level 1 products combine data from the 2 Landsat instruments; OLI and TIRS. The level 1 products generated can be either L1T or L1gT:

  • L1T - Orthorectified products
    Level 1T data products consist of radiometrically corrected image data derived from L0 data scaled to at-aperture spectral radiance or reflectance that are resampled for registration to a cartographic projection (referenced to the WGS84, G873 or current version). The L1T product is orthorectified, and corrected for terrain relief. The geometric corrections use observatory ephemeris data and ground control points; DEM data is used to correct for terrain relief.
  • L1gT - Geometrically corrected products
    L1gT data products consist of L0 product data with systematic radiometric, geometric and terrain corrections applied and resampled for registration to a cartographic projection, referenced to the WGS84, G873, or current version. L1gT data products assume the use of on-board positional information or definitive ephemeris, as well as the use of controlled elevation data to correct for parallax errors.
    In case of insufficient GCP, caused by extensive snow/cloud cover, which makes the orthorectification impossible, products of this level are produced instead of L1T.

The following list shows the band identification:

(Band Reference Number - Band Description - Sensor - Band Centre in nm):

  1. Coastal Aerosol - OLI - 433
  2. Blue - OLI - 482
  3. Green - OLI - 562
  4. Red - OLI - 655
  5. Near-Infrared (NIR) - OLI - 865
  6. Short Wavelength Infrared, SWIR 1 - OLI - 1610
  7. SWIR 2 - OLI - 2200
  8. Panchromatic - OLI - 590
  9. Cirrus - OLI - 1375
  10. Thermal Infrared Sensor 1 - TIRS - 10800
  11. TIRS 2 - TIRS - 12000

The following picture shows the Landsat bands:

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Spatial coverage: 

90 N, -90 S, -180 W, 180 E

Temporal coverage:

2011-12-17 - present

Date of launch:
Mission status:
Orbit height:
705 km
Orbit type:
Swath width:
185 km

Current Processor Version: DPAS 5.0


Medium Resolution - MR (20 - 500 m)

Wavelengths: VIS (0.40 - 0.75 µm), NIR (0.75 - 1.30 µm), SWIR (1.3 - 3.0 µm), TIR (6.0 - 15.0 µnm)

Product types: L1TP, L1GT


level 1, multiple,


Utilisation of this data is subject to ESA's Earth Observation Terms and Conditions


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Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Level 1 (L1) Data Format Control Book (DFCB)
product specification
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The following picture shows the Landsat bands: