Working with Land Remote Sensing Data in a GIS Environment


Published: Oct. 4, 2016


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 It is no longer maintained but is usable with minor adjustments.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 (

Workshop presentation on working with LP DAAC remote sensing data in a GIS environment given at the Black Hills Digital Mapping Association's 2016 annual conference. Presentation includes a description of the LP DAAC. The workshop also included demonstrations and hands-on activities. The first activity involved demonstrating how to search for and download ASTER L1T and MODIS data through NASA’s Earthdata Search Client. Next, how to properly load MODIS and ASTER L1T data into ArcMap (10.4). The workshop also included demonstrations of AppEEARS point sample requests and how to order, visualize, and download both point samples and area extraction in AppEEARS. It also shows how you can create and export point and polygon shapefiles in ArcMap, and use them as input for making AppEEARS requests. All of the demos used the 2000 Jasper Fire as a use case example.

Relevant Products

Product Long Name
AST_L1T.003 ASTER Level 1 Precision Terrain Corrected Registered At-Sensor Radiance
MOD09A1.006 MODIS/Terra Surface Reflectance 8-Day L3 Global 500 m SIN Grid
MOD11A2.006 MODIS/Terra Land Surface Temperature/Emissivity 8-Day L3 Global 1 km SIN Grid
MOD13A2.006 MODIS/Terra Vegetation Indices 16-Day L3 Global 1 km 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
WELDUSMO.015 NASA Web-Enabled Landsat Data CONUS Monthly


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