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    Geoscience Australia is distributing Landsat MSS, TM and ETM+ data for 19 epochs or time frames ranging from 1972 to 2010 covering Australia. This data has been provided by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency formerly known as the Australian Greenhouse Office (AGO). The data is used in the National Carbon Accounting System for monitoring land clearing and revegetation. This data is only available through Geoscience Australia’s sales area (sales@ga.gov.au), and not through the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE).

    Epoch formats

    Epochs are available as 1:1M tiles or as a Continental mosaic in the following formats:

    Tiles

    Epoch Projection Bands File Format
    All MGA94 All bands except Band 6 (thermal) ERS/BIL
    2004-2010 Geographic All bands except Band 6 (thermal) ERS/BIL
    Pre 2004 Geographic Bands 543 for TM & ETM+ and all bands for MSS ERS/BIL
    2002 MGA94 Panchromatic only ERS/BIL
    2002 Geographic Panchromatic only ERS/BIL

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    Continental mosaics

    Epoch Projection Bands File Format
    All Geographic 543/RGB bands for TM, ETM+ and MSS ECW
    2002 Panchromatic Sharpened Geographic Bands 543 plus Panchromatic band ECW

    File sizes and media

    The entire Landsat Mosaic is delivered on 2.5 terabytes of USB hard drive storage supplied by Geoscience Australia.

    • All tiles, MGA/GDA94 projection, all epochs - 1188 Gb or 1.188 Terabytes (Tb)
    • All tiles, Geographic/GDA94 projection, all epochs - 750 Gb
    • Continental mosaic, Geographic/GDA94 projection, all epochs - 65 Gb
    • Individual sizes range from 0.3 to 4.7 Gb. View a detailed listing of tile sizes.

    Epoch date range and size

    See the list below for the total size in Gb for each epoch.

    Epoch Minimum Date Maximum Date Tile data - ERS/BIL Continental mosaic - ECW
    Total size Gb - MGA Total size Gb - Geographic Total size Gb - Geographic
    2010 3/11/09 3/11/10 38.3 36.8 1.6
    2009 25/11/08 16/09/09 38.3 36.8 1.6
    2008 1/11/07 24/10/08 38.3 36.8 1.5
    2007 6/11/06 2/7/08 38.3 43.8 1.24
    2006 4/11/2005 7/10/2006 162.1* 145.0* 4.6
    2005 5/12/2004 9/10/2005 96.1 85.3 4.2
    2004 1/09/2003 25/09/2004 96.1 85.3 4.6
    2002 (No Pan) 9/11/2001 27/11/2002 96.1 43.4 4.6
    2002 Pan 9/11/2001 27/11/2002 64.1 57.8 N/A
    2002 Pan sharpened 9/11/2001 27/11/2002 N/A N/A 4.6
    2000 (No Pan) 14/07/1999 21/09/2000 96.1 43.4 4.6
    1998 20/05/1997 31/08/1998 96.1 43.4 3.9
    1995 11/06/1994 29/08/1995 96.1 43.4 3.9
    1992 1/01/1992 11/03/1993 96.1 43.4 3.9
    1991 27/09/1990 9/07/1991 96.1 43.4 3.9
    1989 1/07/1989 3/04/1990 112.1 43.4 4.0
    1988 12/07/1987 7/09/1988 16.1 14.5 3.7
    1985 18/06/1984 20/07/1985 16.1 14.5 3.6
    1980 21/09/1979 24/01/1981 16.1 14.5 3.7
    1977 25/02/1975 20/12/1978 16.1 14.5 2.7
    1972 28/07/1972 29/10/1976 16.1 14.5 3.5

    *Includes date and boundary (datebound) data.

    Tile data specifications

    Sensor/Epoch Landsat TM and ETM+ SLC-Off: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010;
    Landsat MSS: 1972, 1977, 1980, 1985, 1988;
    Landsat TM: 1989*, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2004 and 2005; and
    Landsat ETM+: 2000 and 2002.
    *Includes simulated MSS from Landsat TM (MGA projection only).
    Projection Either MGA94 OR Geographic.
    Bands All bands except thermal bands - MGA coordinates;
    All bands except thermal bands - Geographical coordinates, 2004, 2005 & 2006 epochs;
    5,4,3 for TM & ETM+ and all bands for MSS - Geographical coordinates, Pre 2004 epochs only;
    Panchromatic band available separately only for 2002 epoch - MGA & Geographical coordinates.
    Processing Ortho-corrected, radiometrically corrected and mosaiced into tiles. All data is calibrated to a common geographic and spectral base (AGO year 2000 base).
    Note: Single scene boundaries can be quite obvious within a tile due mainly to the seasonal changes associated with different acquisition dates.
    Tiling system Tiles approximate 1:1 million map sheets covering Australia. Most tiles contain overlap beyond the quoted extents.
    Coverage The introduction of SLC-Off and bumper mode Landsat products for the 2006 epoch has meant that a new method has been required for creating datebound information.
    Post 2006 date bounds are currently in raster form as opposed to the traditional vector. The rasters are in ER Mapper Storage format (ERS) format as Geodetic or MGA projections - file size 61 or 66 Gb.
    Pixel size 25 metres TM and ETM+ and 50 metres MSS.
    Format Generic BIL files with ER Mapper ASCII header.
    File size Variable - see detailed list. Tiles split into quadrants.
    Media USB hard disk drive.

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    The Landsat Mosaics are available under a Creative Commons 3.0 "Attribution" license Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution license.

    Purchasing the Landsat Mosaics

    The Landsat Mosaics are available in various formats from Geoscience Australia.

    Topic contact: sales@ga.gov.au Last updated: June 17, 2013