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National Aerial Photography Program (NAPP) medium resolution digitized images are available for download at no charge

National High Altitude Photography (NHAP) and Alaska High Altitude Photography (AHAP) medium resolution digitized images available for download at no charge

Purchase Order Policy Change

Landsat Satellite Imagery Used to Assess the Impact of Myanmar's Cyclone Nargis

Imagery for Everyone…Timeline Set to Release Entire USGS Landsat Archive at No Charge

U.S. Releases A Plan For A National Land Imaging Program
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Emergency Operations Portal

Emergency Operations PortalExplore critical pre- and post-disaster images and datasets online for immediate viewing and downloading. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Emergency Operations, in support of the Department of Homeland Security, provides these images for use in disaster preparations, rescue and relief operations, damage assessments, and reconstruction efforts. We supply satellite and aerial images for analysis of disaster areas before, during, and after a disaster.

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MRLC and NALC Release

The USGS is now offering a collection of Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics (MRLC) 2001 terrain-corrected satellite images. These scenes have been acquired by the MRLC Consortium and consist of Landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) and Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper (TM) data.

MRLC 2001 data are available from the USGS at no charge via a web-enabled file download or on media for $20 per file.

The MRLC 2001 data cover the conterminous United States, Alaska and Hawaii. Most of the images are high quality and cloud cover is generally less than 10 percent. A 30-meter Digital Elevation Model (DEM) is included for all scenes that do not include international borders.

The MRLC consortium is a group of Federal agencies who joined together to acquire Landsat imagery and create nationally consistent land cover data. The data are available to the public through Earth Explorer, GloVis or the MRLC Consortium.

North American Landscape Characterization (NALC) data consist of Landsat Multi-Spectral Scanner (MSS) time-series triplicates that were acquired in 1973, 1986, and 1991 (plus or minus one year). NALC data cover selected locations throughout the conterminous United States and Mexico.

NALC data are available from the USGS via web-enabled file download. The data are also available on media for $20 per triplicate and can be searched, downloaded, and ordered through Earth Explorer or GloVis.

For more information, please contact USGS Customer Service, EROS, 800-252-4547 or

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