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Finding and Using GIS Data

The AGS Library's Guide to Finding GIS data and working with it for your specific project needs

Earth Explorer

Earth Explorer details

Datasets: Aerial Imagery, AVHRR, CEOS Legacy, Commercial Satellites, Declassified Data, Digital Elevation (DEM), Digital Line Graphs, Digital Maps, EO-1, Global Fiducials, HCMM, ISERV, Land Cover, Landsat, NASA LPDAAC Collections, Radar, Sentinel, UAS, Vegetation Monitoring, ISRO Resourcesat


About: The USGS EarthExplorer (EE) tool provides users the ability to query, search, and order satellite images, aerial photographs, and cartographic products from several sources. In addition to data from the Landsat missions and a variety of other data providers, EE now provides access to MODIS land data products from the NASA Terra and Aqua missions, and ASTER level-1B data products over the U.S. and Territories from the NASA ASTER mission.


Earth Explorer general instructions

1) Navigate to the data portal

2) Enter an area of interest (AOI) using an address, coordinates or by using the map view as a bounding box

3) Enter a date range

4) Navigate to the 'Data Sets' tab located at the top of the data portal

5) Select datasets and click 'Results' at the bottom of the data portal

*It is necessary to create a USGS account to download data

Request Data from the AGSL

Still Stuck?

If you are having trouble finding the data you are looking for, the AGS Library may be able to help.

  • Use the buttons below to view our Geospatial Data homepage, request data from our collection, or e-mail us with questions.
  • You can also call or stop in during regular business hours, Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
  • We are located in the Golda Meir Library at UWM on the 3rd floor of the East Wing. Phone: (414) 229-6282.
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