Introduction

This web portal is a service from ESA for Landsat-8 data. Questions or problems should be referred to the EO-Support (see "8. Contacting EO-Support").

Supported Browsers

The following Web Browsers are supported by the Landsat 8 Portal:

- IE 9 or Later
- Firefox
- Google Chrome
- Safari

For Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari, it is recommended that a recent version should be used if possible.

What Data is Available?

ESA is an International Co-operator with USGS for the Landsat-8 Mission. Data is downlinked via Kiruna and Matera (KIS and MTI) stations whenever the satellite passes over Europe, starting from November 2013. Typically the station's will receive 2 or 3 passes per day each and there will be some new scenes for each path, in accordance with the overall mission acquisition plan.

The Neustrelitz data available on the portal from May 2013 to December 2013

Data will be processed to either L1T or L1Gt product format as soon as it is downlinked. The target time is for scenes to be available for download within 3 hours of reception.

1. Creating an Account

You can search for and browse the data openly, but you will need an account to download the full product scenes.

If you do not already have an EO-SSO account, then you can create one using the following steps:

- Navigate to https://landsat8portal.eo.esa.int/portal/
- Click on Register
- Fill out the EO-SSO Registration Page
- Once you receive a confirmation email, follow the link in the email to activate your account

If you already have an EO-SSO account, then you can Register using the following steps:

- Navigate to https://landsat8portal.eo.esa.int/portal/
- Click on Register
- Click on "I'm already registered" and fill out the EO-SSO Registration Page

2. Searching for Data

2.1 Searching for Data by Name/Station Name

- Click on the Search Tab
- Enter a full or part scene or Station Name (MTI or KIS) into the NAME Field
- The naming convention is LC8[path][row][year][day-of-year][station][version], e.g. LC82030232013212NSG00 for path 203, row 023 on day 212 of 2013, so any of these terms will match.
- Click Search

In the Results Tab, all data that has been received and processed from NSG will be displayed.

2.2 Search by Cloud Coverage

- Click on the Search Tab
- In the Cloud Coverage > Percentage field enter 10
- Click Search

In the Results tab, all scenes that have a Cloud Coverage of less than 10% will be displayed.

2.3 Search by WRS2 Path/ Row

- Click on the Search Tab > Grid and you will find two fields, "Path" and "Row"
- To search for a scene that is in WRS2 path 171 and row 021, enter 171 into "Path" and 021" into "Row"
- Click Search

2.4 Search by Area of Interest

- Click on the Search Tab > Area Of Interest
- Select the shape that you want to search with by clicking on the dropdown arrow next to "Add Rectangle"
- Draw the required shape on the map and click Search

2.4.1 Tools > Merge

This can be used to merge two overlapping Areas of Interest that have been marked on the map, for example:

- Define two rectangular Areas of Interest on the map which overlap
- Then use Tools > Merge to combine these into one Area Of Interest
- Search on the resulting single area

2.4.2 Tools > Convex Hull

This is loosely related to the Merge Tool, except it offers the functionality to join "Multiple Non Overlapping Areas Of Interest" defined on the map.

If a user defines several Rectangular Areas Of Interest on the Map that are not overlapping, the user can go to Tools > Convex Hull which will create a minimal unique set of points containing X, with X being the defined multiple Areas Of Interest.

For example:

- Using the Add Rectangle Option, draw a Square over the UK
- Draw another Square over Spain
- Go to Tools > Convex Hull

This will create 1 new Area Of Interest, a rectangular strip covering from the UK down to Spain.

2.5 Search by Area of Interest using a ShapeFile

To upload a shape file to the Landsat 8 Portal to search on Area of Interest, the shape file must be packaged in a .zip prior to uploading it to the portal

- Click on the Search Tab > Area Of Interest
- Select dropdown arrow next to "Add Rectangle" and select "Add from File"
- Browse to the shapefile that you want to upload. Please note that the shapefile's must be packaged in a .zip file for the upload to work
- Click Upload
- Click Done
- The uploaded shape will now be displayed on the map
- Click Search to display the results that fall within the shape that has been uploaded

2.6 Search by Date

- Click on the Search Tab > Date and you will find two fields, "From" and "To"
- Click on the field "From" and select a start date from the calendar
- Click on the field "From" and select a end date from the calendar
- Click Search

2.7 Search by Period of Year

Search by Period Of Year is a search between 2 dates without specifying a year. For example: a search from Jan 1 to Jan 31 will retrieve all the products acquired in January for every year.

- Click on the Search Tab > Period of Year and you will find two fields, "From" and "To"
- Click on the field "From" and select a start date from the calendar
- Click on the field "From" and select a end date from the calendar
- Click Search

2.8 Add Product to Set

- Select one or several products in the Results Pane
- Click on the "Add to Set" icon in the tool bar
- In the new window select an existing set or enter a new name in the "Create new set" field to create a new set
- Click Add
- Click on the Sets Tab to access your set

3. View Quicklook on Map

The Landsat-8 portal supports the overlay of quicklooks onto the map. After performing a search, the quicklooks can be viewed on the map in one of two ways:

- By clicking on the thumbnail in the search results pane
- By using the map and holding the Ctrl key whilst clicking on one of the scenes displayed on the map

4. View Metadata Overview

To look at some of the Metadata associated with a search result, click on the Scene ID in the Results pane.

5. Download Browse

6. Order a Full Product

- To order the full product, click on the "Add to Basket" icon from the Results Pane for one or several products
- After clicking the icon, it should change to a "Remove from Basket" icon
- Select the Basket Tab
- The product that you have added to your basket should be displayed in this pane
- Click Place Order
- Click Confirm
- Navigate to the Orders Tab
- A date and time stamped should be visible
- Expand the entry to view progress
- Once the products are available, a download icons will be displayed
- Click the download icon in the expanded list to download a single product
- Click the download icon above the expanded list to display the bulk download urls.

7. Clearing Browser Cache

If your browser shows a blue background instead of the map screen then it may be that you need to clear your browser cache. The following describes how to do this on the supported browsers.

7.1 Firefox

- Click the Tools menu and then select "Options".
- Go to the "Privacy" tab and click "clear your recent history".
- Select "Cache" and "Last hour" in the "Time range to clear" then press Clear Now.

7.2 Internet Explorer

- Click the cog button in the top right corner of the browser and then select "internet options"
- Go to the "General" tab and under "Browsing history" click "Delete"
- Only select "Cookies and website data" and click "Delete"

7.3 Google Chrome

- Click the button with three horizontal lines located in the upper right corner of the browser window. Here select settings and it will take you to a new page.
- Click the "show advanced settings" link and under the Privacy header click the "Clear browsing data" button. This will bring up a popup where you can select what you want to clear.
- Select "Empty the cache" and "Oblitirate the following items from: the past hour" and click "Clear browsing data".

7.4 Safari

- Click the "Safari" menu and then "Empty Cache" and then press "Empty".

8. Contacting EO-Support

EO-Support, the new web based system interfacing the EOHelp Team, is active since July 2011. The "Access to EO-Support" link allows you to navigate to a page from which you can access a link to log in to EO-Support.

The system allows you to submit, access and monitor your service requests, service anomalies, suggestions and complaints.

In order to access the "EO-Support" system, you need to complete, if not already done, the registration process in the ESA Earth Observation centralised Single Sign-On (EO-SSO). Your service requests submitted via EO-Support will be handled with higher priority with respect to the ones sent by e-mail.

  • Access to EO-Support - (for already EO-SSO registered users)
  • Start registration process - (for not yet EO-SSO registered users)
  • If you need further information or help in the registration process, please email eohelp@esa.int