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Mr. Lyndon Oleson, DirectorTel: +1 605 594 6555
WDC for Remotely Sensed Land DataFax: +1 605 594 6940
U.S. Geological Survey

E-mail: oleson@usgs.gov
EROS Data Center Home Page: http://edc.usgs.gov/about/customer/search/html
Sioux Falls, SD 57198



Maintained by: U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey. The WDC for Remotely Sensed Land Data is operated by, and collocated with, the EROS Data Center.

Summary of Data Held: Digital and photographic images of land areas of the world. Among the data available through the World Data Center for Remotely Sensed Land Data are:

  • Over 6 million frames of aerial photography, primarily of the US and at various scales, acquired from the 1940's to the present, including USGS mapping photography, NASA research project photography, and photography acquired by other US federal agencies.
  • Nearly 2 million frames of aerial photography, both color and black and white, collected from the mid-80's to the present by the interagency National Aerial Photography Program (NAPP).
  • Over 300,000 frames of aerial photography of Antarctica, acquired between 1946 and the present, under the auspices of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR).
  • Nearly a million frames of declassified Corona satellite photography, acquired by the US government of areas throughout the world from 1960 through 1972.
  • Digital Landsat satellite images, providing repetitive coverage of areas throughout the world since 1972. These data include 80-meter-resolution images collected by the Multispectral Scanner (MSS) instrument from 1972 until the early 90's, 30-meter Thematic Mapper data acquired beginning in 1982, and 15-meter-resolution Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) imagery acquired beginning in mid-1999.
  • Approximately 200,000 1-km resolution Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) digital images acquired since 1987, worldwide.

In addition, the EDC also hosts the NASA-supported Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) for land processes data, thus providing WDC users access to information about a wide variety of remotely sensed data collected by NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) sensors.

User Services: Data at the WDC are available to scientists of all countries at the cost of reproduction and distribution. This cost varies depending on the source and distribution medium and processing required to generate the requested product. Requests for information, establishment of customer accounts, or orders for products should be directed to user services at Tel: +1 605 594 6151, toll-free at 1 800 252 4547, or e-mail: custserve@usgs.gov. Alternatively, users can use the Earth Explorer WWW site, which provides on-line documentation, query, preview, and ordering capabilities at http://earthexplorer.usgs.gov. Information on data available through the EDC DAAC for land processes is available at http://edcdaac.usgs.gov

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