[Landsat-pds] USGS Landsat S3 bucket

Flasher, Joe jflasher at amazon.com
Fri Dec 11 11:48:01 PST 2020

All, in case you have not see it, you should look over the recent announcement from USGS related to Collection 2 and its availability on AWS.


First of all, I just want to say how awesome this is! Planet has been managing the dataset on AWS from the beginning and through their work and all of your demonstrated use cases, USGS saw the value of making the data available in a new format via a fundamentally new distribution mechanism (though their existing distribution mechanisms still remain if you’re looking for that).

Since there is now an S3 bucket with Collection 2 data, the full archive and owned directly by USGS, I am proposing that we deprecate the existing landsat-pds bucket. I know that a number of you have come to depend on the landsat-pds bucket and I want to be sensitive to that, so I am proposing a 6 month deprecation period which would put us at an end date (bucket deleted) of July 1, 2021.

The USGS is making the data available in COG format with STAC metadata. There are some prefix changes from landsat-pds and of course the science updates for Collection 2 and the data is being made available in a Requester Pays S3 bucket (https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AmazonS3/latest/dev/RequesterPaysBuckets.html). There is currently no SNS topic available for new data, but I believe a few of us have reached out to USGS about that.

I want to note that this data is owned and managed by USGS, AWS has no control over the data or the bucket. However, I am happy to help anyone work through the implications of switching their workloads to the USGS bucket rather than the landsat-pds bucket.

Also, I want to give a huge thank you to Amit who has managed this resource for the community for the past several years!

I’ll be out for the new two weeks so you might see an OOO response if you reach out to me, but I will look to answer when I am back in the office.

Thanks everyone and hope you are staying safe.

Joe Flasher

Amazon Web Services – Open Geospatial Data Lead

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