Landsat 8 Satellite Imagery Available for Free Via Amazon Web Services

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Amazon recently announced the availability of  85,000 Landsat 8 scenes through Amazon Web Services (AWS): Landsat on AWS. The Landsat scenes have been made available via the landsat-pds bucket in the Amazon S3 US West (Oregon) region.

The announcement came via a blog post on Amazon:

As we said in December, we hope to accelerate innovation in climate research, humanitarian relief, and disaster preparedness efforts around the world by making Landsat data readily available near our flexible computing resources. We have committed to host up to a petabyte of Landsat data as a contribution to the White House’s Climate Data Initiative. Because the imagery is available on AWS, researchers and software developers can use any of our on-demand services to perform analysis and create new products without needing to worry about storage or bandwidth costs.

Information about how users can access the Landsat imagery can be found on the Landsat on AWS page.  Some of the AWS customers using the imagery are:

  • Development Seed uses Landsat on AWS to update its open source landsat-util library
  • Esri has created a demonstration site entitled “Unlock the Earth’s Secrets” to showcase using ArcGIS and the Landsat on AWS to rapidly explore the imagery.


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