Landsat 8 data free on Amazon cloud
Researchers and interested citizens working with Landsat images can now find 85,000 geospatial scenes freely available on the Amazon cloud, the company announced.
The Landsat search-observation program has collected images since 1972, and the newest satellite, Landsat 8, gathers data based on visible, infrared, near-infrared and thermal-infrared light. These images have become a valuable resource for researchers in the agricultural, cartographical, geological, forestry, regional planning, surveillance and education sectors. Access to Landsat data via Amazon’s AWS cloud system will enable researchers to analyze and create new products regardless of storage or bandwidth needs.
Users will also be able to access the updated landsat-util library from the landsat-pds bucket in the Amazon S3 US West (Oregon) region.
Amazon has already committed to hosting up to a petabyte of Landsat data as part of its support of climate research, humanitarian relief, and disaster preparedness efforts with its cloud resources.
Posted by Mark Pomerleau on Mar 25, 2015 at 8:26 AM