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June 14, 2019
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Data & Maps

Free Data Sources:

Landsat 8 Web Mapping. A number of websites offer innovative capabilities to examine Landsat 8 imagery:

Landsat 8 Evolution allows both access to Lansat 8 imagery and the ability to compute a time-series gif animation;

Landsat 8 Points of Interest shows locations around the world and highlights different band combinations;

Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers Landsat 8 data All Landsat 8 scenes from 2015 are available along with a selection of cloud-free scenes from 2013 and 2014. New Landsat 8 scenes are made available on AWS within hours of production. See for more details.

NOAA View - This project from NOAA allows users to explore visualizations of Ocean, Land, Atmosphere, Cryosphere, and Climate datasets. There are multiple subsets and datasets can be displayed, with a basic explanaiton of each, by week, month, and year.

Open-Source Landsat 8 Processing Tools. MapBox has developed a process that allows the user to create an interactive map from Landsat 8 imagery using free open-source image-processing and map-making tools. Step-by-step instructions are available at


Virtual Nebraska is an on-line archive of satellite imagery and aerial photography that gives users the opportunity to view the State's landscape from unique perspectives (e.g., at infrared or microwave wavelengths). Additionally, this web site offers digital elevation data, learning activities, image-processing tools, historical "looks" at over 600 cities, and examples of how remotely sensed data can be used to solve problems.

Virtual Nebraska


NebraskaMAP provides public and private access to peer-reviewed Nebraska Spatial Data Infrastructure (NESDI) and other statewide geodata, maps, and GIS web services for Nebraska.




Landsat Products

Imagery from the entire Landsat archive can be downloaded for no charge from EarthExplorer, GloVis, and the LandsatLook Viewer.


NE Farm Service
Agency DOQQs

The Nebraska Department of Natural Resources Data Bank offers Rectified Digital Imagery for free download

FSA Data

NE Digital Raster
Graphics (DRGs)

Can be downloaded for free from the Univeristy of Nebraska School of Natural Resources

DRG Data


Timelapse Images

TIME feature tracks a changing planet..Users can view successive time-lapse satellite images of their world over 35 years using TIME magazine's new Timelapse project. The imagery comes from Landsat satellites and features Earth's landscape. Viewers can track the effects of climate change, deforestation and the growth of urban areas.

Timelapse image from Time magazine


Google's Landsat Viewer. Google's Landsat Annual Timelapse viewer is an interactive video that allows user to pan and zoom anywhere on Earth and view annual mosaics from 1984 to the present at the resolution of a Landsat pixel. Users can create custom views of their own areas of interest by zooming and panning to a particular view, and then clicking the "Share this view" button, which produces a custom URL that you can send to anyone.  Alternatively, a user can construct URLs by inserting the appropriate latitude, longitude, and zoom level.

IMage from Google Timelapse Project


Other Sources of Nebraska Geospatial Data:

University of Nebraska
School of Natural Resources Data and On-line Resources

USDA NRCS Geospatial Data Gateway


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