USGS Global Visualization Viewer: Quick Start Guide
The USGS Global Visualization Viewer is a
quick and easy online search and order tool for selected satellite and aerial
data. When you open the USGS Global Visualization Viewer, you will see
the Browse Image Viewer in the middle of the page:
This view shows a mosaic of the most recent cloud-free
browse images around the default starting point. From here, you can
begin to explore the other images from our archive:
Roam around on the earth's surface by clicking on either the arrow buttons
or the global locator map near the top left of the display. You can also
"shortcut" to a specific location by entering the desired
WRS-2 "path" and "row" (WRS-1 for Landsat 1-3 data) or latitude and
Limit the scenes shown in the browse viewer by setting search limits.
Select the "Tools" menu from the menu bar and then click "Search Limits...".
View the available images for the highlighted location with the "Prev Scene"
and "Next Scene" buttons. You can also "shortcut" to a specific date by
entering the month and year. The possible dates will be dependent upon
the sensor, as well as the specific data in the USGS browse image
Scenes with high cloud cover can be excluded by adjusting the maximum cloud
cover setting via the "Max Cloud" drop-down selector.
To help determine where you are, select the "Map Layers" menu on the menu bar.
Choose from administrative boundaries, country boundaries, the
collection grid, roads, water, north arrow, cities and other layers.
Show scenes from a different dataset using the Collection menu.
Limited "zoom in" and "zoom out" can be achieved by selecting the
"Resolution" menu on the menu bar and clicking on the resolution to be
Creating a Scene List
When you discover a suitable scene, simply "Add" the highlighted scene
to your Scene List at the lower left of the display.
Modifying the Scene List
To delete a scene from the Scene List, select the scene within the list and
then click on "Delete".
Viewing Metadata & Browse
The metadata and/or browse image for any scene can be reviewed by selecting
the "Show Metadata" or "Show Browse" options from various right-click popup
Ordering or Downloading Data
When your scene list is complete, click on the "Send to Cart" button
in the scene list dialog box or right-click on the scene list dialog box
for a popup menu and select "Send to Cart".
(NOTE: If you have selected scenes from different collections, you will need
to Send to Cart separately for each collection).
For More Information
For more detailed instructions and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), please
refer to Help.