ASTER Imagery

Data Access

ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer) imagery is available since 2000 from the NASA Terra satellite. This sensor is a joint activity of NASA and the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). ASTER supplies high resolution visible and infrared imagery, plus thermal imagery and stereographic capabilities. The collection of ASTER available through GLCF is designed to compliment overall project goals of distributing a global, multi-temporal, multi-spectral and multi-resolution range of imagery appropriate for land cover analysis.

Satellite Sensor Band#s Spectral Range Scene Size Pixel Res
ASTER VNIR 1-3 0.52 - 0.86 Ám 120 X 150 km 15 meter
SWIR 4-9 1.600 - 2.430 Ám 30 meter
TIR 10-14 8.125 - 11.65 Ám 90 meter
How to Cite This Data Set

Citation Format: Author (Publication Date), Collection Name, Image Name, Processing Level, Publisher Location, Publisher Location, Product Coverage Date.

Citation Parameters Example:

  • Author: USGS, and Japan ASTER Program
  • Publication Date: {specify processing date as in metadata}
  • Collection Name: ASTER scene
  • Image Name: {specify scene name here}
  • Processing Level: 1B
  • Publisher: USGS
  • Publisher Location: Sioux Falls
  • Product Coverage Date: {specify acquisition date as in metadata}

Full Example Citation: USGS, and Japan ASTER Program (2003), ASTER scene AST_L1B_003_06262000100635, 1B, USGS, Sioux Falls, 6/26/2001.

Intellectual Property Rights

Use is free to all; effectively held by USGS, Japan & NASA; but ultimately held by US and Japanese public.


Source for this data set is the Global Land Cover Facility,

ASTER Imagery
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