Landsat False Color

Spatial Resolution
Data Source(s)
Science Partner


The Landsat program provides the longest continuous record of satellite earth observations. Landsat spatial, spectral, and temporal resolutions allow for imagery to be processed at sufficient spatial and temporal detail that is optimal for field scale land surface monitoring, management, and research. Landsat data is available for Landsat 5, 7, 8, and composites of 4/5/7/8 using top of atmosphere or at surface reflectance data.

False Color composites provide images of the land’s surface in a color scheme which is useful for visually identifying specific features such as clouds, vegetation, urban areas, and open water. This product is specifically useful for visually identifying high cirrus clouds or haze which are normally difficult to identify in a true color image.

False Color (NIR,Red,Green) images are composed of three bands (Near Infrared (NIR), Red, and Green) visualized in the Red, Green, and Blue channels respectively. Since vegetation strongly reflects NIR wavelengths, red areas in the image are heavily vegetated. High cirrus clouds appear as a white haze in the image.

Bands Used:
Near Infrared (NIR): 0.77-0.90 μm
Red: 0.63-0.69 μm
Green: 0.52-0.60 μm

Technical Information

Period of Record
Spatial Resolution
Temporal Resolution
8-16 days
Data Summaries
max, min, mean, median, anomalies, trend and statistical significance, spatial and temporal aggregations, time series
Data Source(s)
U.S. Geological Survey
Data Formats
raster (geotiff), raster tile (tile ID), time series (.csv, .xls, .json, .geojson)

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