Below you will find a number of resources that can help you learn how to use, process and analyze Landsat data.

How to Interpret a Satellite Image: Five Tips and Strategies

An Earth Observatory feature article on the basics of interpreting satellite images.

Why is that Forest Red and that Cloud Blue? How to Interpret a False-Color Satellite Image

An Earth Observatory feature article to help you understand false-color satellite images.

How To Make a True-Color Landsat 8 Image

An Earth Observatory Elegant Figures blog post from Robert Simmon about turning Landsat 8 data into images.

Processing Landsat 8 Using Open-Source Tools

A MapBox tutorial on downloading a Landsat 8 scene, and then using open source tools to composite, color-correct, and analyze the image.

Landsat 7 Science Data Users Handbook

The Landsat-7 Science Data User’s Handbook is a living document prepared by the Landsat Project Science Office at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The purpose of this technical document is to provide a basic understanding of the joint NASA/USGS Landsat 7 program and to serve as a comprehensive resource for the Landsat 7 spacecraft, its payload, the ground processing system, and methodologies for rendering Landsat 7 data into a form suitable for science.

Create a Data Set

This web page is intended to help users find, download, and use free Landsat data for almost any land surface in the world using a freeware software program, MultiSpec©. THIS DOCUMENT IS CURRENTLY IN DRAFT FORM.

MultiSpec ©: A Multispectral Image Data Analysis System

MultiSpec (© Purdue Research Foundation) is a free processing system for interactively analyzing Earth observational multispectral (multi-band) image data such as that produced by Landsat. MultiSpec© is a result of on-going, multiyear research intended to create a robust tool based upon the fundamental principles for analyzing multispectral and hyperspectral image data.