Tools & Services


Interactively browse global, full-resolution NASA EOS satellite imagery and then download the underlying data. Most of the 100+ available products are updated within three hours of observation, essentially showing the entire Earth as it looks "right now".


USGS Earth Explorer

Provides online, interactive search, browse display, metadata export, and data download for earth science data from the archives of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The USGS Long Term Archive (LTA) at the National Center for Earth Resource Observations and Science (EROS) in Sioux Falls, SD, contains a comprehensive record of the Earth's changing land surface, including:

  • Aerial Photography
  • Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR)
  • CEOS Legacy
  • Commercial Satellites
  • Declassified Data
  • Digital Elevation
  • Digital Line Graphs (DLG)
  • Digital Maps
  • Earth Observing One (EO-1)
  • Global Fiducials
  • Global Land Survey (GLS)
  • Heat Capacity Mapping Mission (HCMM)
  • Land Cover Products
  • Landsat Satellite Archives, Characterization, and Legacy Products
  • NASA LPDAAC Collections
  • Radar
  • Sentinel-2
  • Vegetation Monitoring

USGS Earth Explorer

HTTP Interface

All LAADS DAAC products are available at no charge through our download site at The directory structure is as follows:

allData/<collection number>/<product name>/<year>/<day of year>/<file name>

+ Browse LAADS HTTP data downloads

Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)

The OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium) is an international not for profit organization committed to making quality open standards for the global geospatial community. These standards are made through a consensus process and are freely available for anyone to use to improve sharing of the world's geospatial data.

Web Coverage Service (WCS)

Access data via an application programming interface (API) and the internet by specifying product, geographic, and temporal coverage information.

For the specification, see OpenGIS Web Map Tile Service Implementation Standard.

For information on using a WCS to connect to LAADSWeb and search for and stream back data, see MODAPS Web Coverage Service (WCS) API.


The MODIS and VIIRS products in LAADS are available through our OPeNDAP service, which can be accessed at MODAPS Web Coverage Service (WCS) API. The directory structure is identical to that of the web site:

allData/<collection number>/<product name>/<year>/<day of year>/<file name>

+ Browse LAADS OPeNDAP site

OPeNDAP allows data to be downloaded in several formats, such as NetCDF, and allows data to be subset. The following URLs provide examples of how OPeNDAP can be used to download data:
Download data from day 65, year 2013, ESDT MOD03, and ArchiveSet 6 in NetCDF format.
Download data from day 65, year 2013, ESDT MOD03, and ArchiveSet 6 in ASCII format.[0:1:4059][0:1:2707]
Download data from day 65, year 2013, ESDT MOD03, and ArchiveSet 6 in NetCDF format but only include the Scan_Offset variable in a range of 0 to 4059 with a stepping of 1 in the first dimension and a range of 0 to 2707 with a stepping of 1 in the second dimension.

Webification (W10N)

Webification (W10N) is an enabling technology that simplifies the use of data on the web platform. The core idea of Webifcation is to make the inner components of resources directly addressable and accessible via well defined and meaningful URLs.

Read the white paper.

LAADS Web Service (LWS) Classic

LAADS Web Service Classic is a SOAP and REST based Application Programming Interface (API) that allows users to search, order, and download MODIS Level-1 and atmosphere data products through a programmable interface.

Full Year Download

A shell script that allows one to download an entire year's worth of data by swapping out values for product, collection, and year.

LAADS Data Download Scripts

Example scripts for batch downloads via a command-line interface (CLI) or other scripting languages such as Shell Script, Perl, and Python.

An example perl script that uses SOAP protocol to talk to LAADS Web Service (LWS) Classic. Allows one to search for and download LAADS data from the LAADS HTTP archive tree by product name, collection, date range, and area of interest.

Subsettability Checker for HDF-EOS Files (SPOT)

  • Checks to verify if an HDF-EOS file is subsettable by HEW
  • Command-line mode
  • Linux, IRIX, and Solaris
  • Creator: University of Alabama, Huntsville
  • Tool URL

HDF-EOS Web-based Subsetter (HEW)

  • Subsets both swath and gridded MODIS products
  • Subsampling by extracting every Nth data point
  • Web and command-line modes
  • Linux, IRIX, and Solaris
  • Creator: University of Alabama, Huntsville
  • General information
  • Tool URL


  • 38 standalone tools to help quality assessment of MODIS products
  • LDOPE Projection Utility
    • Helps re-project all MODIS and VIIRS Land Products from NASA MODAPS and LandSIPS
    • Command-line mode
    • Linux platforms
    • Creator: LDOPE
    • Tool GZip file
    • Tool User Guide

Black Marble HDF to GeoTIFF Converter

  • Python scripts to read, convert (GeoTiff), and display (QGIS) VNP46 files
  • If you do not have GDAL installed you can use the QGIS Python console (Plugins > Python Console) to run the script.
  • Tool URL


  • Visualization of all MODIS data products
  • Parameter, band, and spatial subsetting
  • Geo-projection conversion
  • Re-mapping of swath data to world map
  • Mosaicking and stitching functions
  • Format conversion to GeoTIFF, Binary, HDF-EOS, and Binary
  • Display ancillary data attributes
  • RGB images with option of map and grid overlays
  • GUI and batch modes
  • Linux, IRIX, Solaris, Windows, Mac OS, DEC, HP, and IBM-AIX platforms
  • Creator: L. Gonzalez & C. Deroo, Universit√© des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, France
  • Tool URL


  • Visualization tool for browsing and editing HDF4 and HDF5 files
  • View and modify the contents of a dataset
  • Add, delete and modify attributes
  • Create new files, add or delete groups and datasets
  • View HDF file hierarchy in a tree structure
  • Creator: The HDF Group
  • Tool URL

HDF-EOS to GeoTIFF (HEG) Converter

  • Format conversion to GeoTIFF, Binary, HDF-EOS, and Binary
  • Parameter and spatial subsetting
  • Data subsampling
  • Mosaicking and stitching functions
  • GUI and command-line modes
  • Linux, IRIX, Solaris, Windows, and Mac platforms
  • Creator: ECS Project Office
  • Tool URL


  • Format conversion HDF4 or HDF5 to GeoTIFF
  • Data reformatting
  • GUI and command-line modes
  • Python
  • Creator: Black Marble Science Team
  • Tool URL


  • HDF internal compression/uncompression and/or chunking tool
  • Command-line mode
  • Compression mode: RLE, Huffman, gzip, JPEG, and szip
  • AIX, AMD Opteron, FreeBSD, HP-UX, IA, IRIX64, Linux, Mac, Solaris, Cray, and Windows platforms
  • Creator: NCSA, University of Illinois
  • Tool URL

CEOS Visualization Environment (COVE)

  • Analyze satellite sensor coverage, including Terra, Aqua
  • Runs in Web browsers using Google Earth plugin
  • Rapid Acquisition Tool, Coverage Analyzer, Mission and Instrument Browser
  • Creator: NASA CEOS System Engineering Office
  • Tool URL


  • Cross-platform tool to plot georeferenced arrays from netCDF, HDF, and GRIB formats
  • Slice and plot geo-referenced arrays from larger multidimensional variables
  • Slice and plot 2D arrays from larger multidimensional variables
  • Slice 1D arrays from larger multidimensional variables and create line plots
  • Overlay continent outlines or masks on latitude-longitude map plots
  • Save plots to GIF, JPEG, PNG or TIFF bitmap images, or as PDF or PostScript graphics formats
  • Export latitude-longitude map plots in KMZ format
  • Explore remote OPeNDAP catalogs and derived datasets from them
  • Supported on Linux, Mac OS, and Windows platforms
  • Creator: Robert Schmunk, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
  • Tool URL

Last updated: July 1, 2020