Landsat 7 Educational Image SubsetsEntry ID: EOSWEBSTER_Landsat_Ed_Subsets
Abstract: EOS-WEBSTER has agreed to serve satellite image subsets for the Forest Watch (http://www.forestwatch.sr.unh.edu) program and other educational programs which make use of satellite imagery. Forest Watch is a New England-wide environmental education activity designed to introduce teachers and students to field, laboratory, and satellite data analysis methods for assessing the state-of-health of ... local forest stands. One of the activities in Forest Watch involves image processing and data analysis of Landsat Thematic Mapper data (TM/ETM+) for the area around a participant's school. The image processing of local Landsat data allows the students to use their ground truth data from field-based activities to better interpret the satellite data for their own back yard. Schools use a freely available image processing software, MultiSpec (http://dynamo.ecn.purdue.edu/%7Ebiehl/MultiSpec/), to analyze the imagery. Value-added Landsat data, typically in a 512 x 512 pixel subset, are supplied by this collection. The Forest Watch program has supplied the data subsets in this collection based on the schools involved with their activities.
Satellite data subsets may be searched by state or other category, and by spectral type. These images may be previewed through this system, ordered, and downloaded. Some historic Landsat 5 data subsets, which were acquired for this program, are also provided through this system. Landsat 5 subsets are multispectral data with 5 bands of data (TM bands 1-5). Landsat 7 subsets contain all bands of data and each subset has three spectral file types: 1) multispectral (ETM+ bands 1-5 and 7), 2) panchromatic (ETM+ band 8), and 3) Thermal (ETM+ band 6 high and low gain channels). Each spectral type must be ordered separately; this can be accomplished by choosing more than one spectral file type in your search parameters.
These image subsets are served in the ERDAS Imagine (.img) format, which can be opened by newer versions of the MultiSpec program (versions greater than Nov. 1999). The MultiSpec program can be downloaded via the Internet at: http://dynamo.ecn.purdue.edu/%7Ebiehl/MultiSpec/
A header file is provided with most Landsat 7 subsets giving the specifics of the image.
Please refer to the references to learn more about Forest Watch, Landsat, and the data this satellite acquires.
In the near future we hope to release a new Satellite Interface, which would allow a user to search for satellite data from a number of platforms based on user-selected search parameters and then sub-set the data and choose an appropriate output format.
If you have any other questions regarding our Forest Watch Satellite data holdings, please contact our User Services Personnel (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Available Data Sets:
Many New England subsets are available, based on the location of participating schools in the Forest Watch program. Additional scenes are also included based on historical use within the Forest Watch program. Other scenes may be added in the future. If you don't see a scene of the location you are interested in, and that location is within New England, then please contact User Services (email@example.com) to see if we can custom-create a subset for you.
The data are currently held in EOS-WEBSTER in ERDAS Imagine (.img) format. This format is used by new versions of the MultiSpec program, and other image processing programs. Most of the subset scenes provided through this system have been projected to a Lambert Projection so that MultiSpec can display Latitude and Longitude values for each image cell (see http://www.forestwatch.sr.unh.edu/online/ Using Mac MultiSpec to display Lat./Lon. Coordinates).
Data can be ordered by spectral type. For Landsat 7, three spectral types are available: 1) Multispectral (bands 1-5 & 7), 2) Panchromatic (pan), and 3) Thermal (bands 6 a&b) (see Table 2). The multispectral (ms) files contain six bands of data, the panchromatic (pan) files contains one band of data, and the thermal (therm) files contain two bands of data representing a high and low sensor gain.
A header file is provided for most Landsat 7 subsets which have been projected in the Lambert projection. This header file provides the necessary information for importing the data into MultiSpec for Latitude/Longitude display.
LAND SURFACE > SURFACE RADIATIVE PROPERTIES > EMISSIVITY
LAND SURFACE > SURFACE RADIATIVE PROPERTIES > REFLECTANCE
LAND SURFACE > SURFACE RADIATIVE PROPERTIES > THERMAL PROPERTIES
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING > INFRARED WAVELENGTHS > INFRARED IMAGERY
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING > INFRARED WAVELENGTHS > INFRARED RADIANCE
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING > INFRARED WAVELENGTHS > REFLECTED INFRARED
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING > INFRARED WAVELENGTHS > THERMAL INFRARED
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING > VISIBLE WAVELENGTHS > SENSOR COUNTS
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING > VISIBLE WAVELENGTHS > VISIBLE IMAGERY
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING > VISIBLE WAVELENGTHS > VISIBLE RADIANCE
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Role: DIF AUTHOR
Email: shannon.spencer at unh.edu
Complex Systems Research Center Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space Morse Hall University of New Hampshire
Province or State: New Hampshire
Postal Code: 03824
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Email: annette.schloss at unh.edu
Complex Systems Research Center Morse Hall University of New Hampshire
Province or State: New Hampshire
Postal Code: 03824
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2001-07-12
Last DIF Revision Date: 2013-08-09