I'm wondering how to quote a Landsat mission product. I have seen many ways, but I can't decide which one is the best. Thus, I would like to know if there is a standard for the minimum information that should be quoted such as mission, data, sensor, orbita/ponto. Furthermore, do I have to include a link to access the image?

If anyone has any tips or guess on the subject would be grateful!


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Landsat products obtained via various sources (ex the EROS Center) can have their own requirements when using their products. For instance the EROS Data Citation page indicate that they are quite open regarding how their documents are cited and require the following acknowledgement only. For example


Data available from the U.S. Geological Survey.

See USGS Visual Identity System Guidance (link is external) for further details.

Questions concerning the use or redistribution of USGS data should be directed to: [email protected] (link sends e-mail) or 1-888-ASK-USGS (1-888-275-8747).

Metadata files attached to images are often filled with useful information. Usual relevant information for a technical or scientific paper are the moment of acquisition, the scale, the bands, the name of the sensor, maybe the series of the product, maybe there is a serial number too, possibly a URL.

I have cited in a recent paper the following for Landsat 7, and did not went into much details because it was a reworked product (a special issued mosaic), which was convenient for our scope:

NRCan, Canada Centre for Remote Sensing. A complete orthorectified Landsat-7 mosaic of the Canadian Arctic archipelago, August 2010. URL http://geogratis.gc.ca/api/en/nrcan-rncan/ess-sst/-/(urn:iso:series)a-complete-orthorectified-landsat-7-mosaic-of-the-canadian-arctic-archipelago

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    $\begingroup$ @Michael thank you for the update. I think there was some significative upgrades for security on USGS related resources recently - many sites being reorganized and/or changing for secure http protocol among other things. Let's keep an eye for broken links ! $\endgroup$
    – marsisalie
    May 7, 2017 at 13:34

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