An interesting data update comes to us via Esri and amazon – Landsat on AWS
This from Amazon…
Landsat 8 data is available for anyone to use via Amazon S3.
The Landsat program is a joint effort of the U.S. Geological Survey andNASA. First launched in 1972, the Landsat series of satellites has produced the longest, continuous record of Earth’s land surface as seen from space. NASA is in charge of developing remote-sensing instruments and spacecraft, launching the satellites, and validating their performance. USGS develops the associated ground systems, then takes ownership and operates the satellites, as well as managing data reception, archiving, and distribution. Since late 2008, Landsat data have been made available to all users free of charge. Carefully calibrated Landsat imagery provides the U.S. and the world with a long-term, consistent inventory of vitally important global resources.
AWS has made Landsat 8 data freely available on Amazon S3 so that anyone can use our on-demand computing resources to perform analysis and create new products without needing to worry about the cost of storing Landsat data or the time required to download it.
Learn more about how Landsat data is used on NASA’s Landsat Science site.
- Esri has created a demonstration of how ArcGIS Online can quickly visualize Landsat data for visualization and analysis within the browser. Visit Esri’s site to see how powerful and beautiful Landsat data can be.
- Unlock Earth’s Secrets with ArcGIS and the Landsat Earth Observation Satellite
- See more in this blog post, Start Using Landsat on AWS