TECHTalk: Getting to Know Land Data from NASA’s LP DAAC


Published: Oct. 1, 2020


This is a LEGACY RESOURCE. It is no longer maintained but is usable with minor adjustments. This resource leverages NASA's Application for Extracting and Exploring Analysis-Ready Samples (AppEEARS). AppEEARS has been deployed in NASA's Earthdata Cloud space. You can access AppEEARS using the new link: For up to date information on using the AppEEARS API and examples, please see the AppEEARS API Documentation. If you have questions, please contact LP DAAC User Services (

Getting to Know Land Data from NASA’s LP DAAC
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC) archives and distributes several types of no-cost remotely sensed data that can be used with many GIS applications to map, monitor, and model processes that occur on the Earth's surface. The LP DAAC, located at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center in Sioux Falls, SD, not only has a wide range of data products with varying spatial and temporal resolutions, but also offers many easy ways to access and download these data. This presentation is a beginner’s guide to what types of data are distributed by the LP DAAC, how the data can be used, and how to access data and resources on the LP DAAC’s website.

Relevant Products

Product Long Name
AST_L1T.003 ASTER Level 1 Precision Terrain Corrected Registered At-Sensor Radiance
MCD64A1.006 MODIS/Terra+Aqua Burned Area Monthly L3 Global 500 m SIN Grid
MOD13Q1.006 MODIS/Terra Vegetation Indices 16-Day L3 Global 250 m SIN Grid
MOD14A2.006 MODIS/Terra Thermal Anomalies/Fire 8-Day L3 Global 1 km SIN Grid
MCD12Q1.006 MODIS/Terra+Aqua Land Cover Type Yearly L3 Global 500 m SIN Grid


Name Filters Description
AppEEARS Decode Quality, Order, Search, Subset

The Application for Extracting and Exploring Analysis Ready Samples (AρρE…

Data Pool Direct Download

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NASA Earthdata Search Browse Image Preview, Direct Download, Order, Search, Subset

Earthdata Search combines the latest EOSDIS service offerings with user experience, research, an…

DAAC2Disk Utility Direct Download

The LP DAAC2Disk download manager allows users to simplify the search and…

USGS EarthExplorer Browse Image Preview, Search

The EarthExplorer (EE) user interface, developed by the United States Geo…