• There will be a data and imagery outage in GIBS and Worldview starting 10 October 2022 and will last 10+ days for layers created from the MODIS, MISR, CERES, and ASTER sensors aboard the Terra satellite.
  • MOPITT NRT imagery will be unavailable for a longer period of time, from 3 October to 28 October 2022.
  • Worldview will set the Aqua/MODIS Corrected Reflectance layer as the default layer for that period. Note that Aqua has a later overpass time than Terra (1:30PM MLT), so there will be a longer delay for Corrected Reflectance imagery to appear in Worldview.
  • We will include notifications in Worldview to remind users of the outage.


The Terra satellite is scheduled to exit the “Morning Constellation” of the Earth Observing System (EOS) satellite program in October 2022. The initial Terra Constellation Exit Maneuver (CEM) is scheduled for 12 October 2022 around 7:30AM EDT and 19 October 2022. All Science and Near Real-Time (NRT) data will not be acquired starting 10 October 2022 until 19 October 2022. Post-CEM, more time will be needed to bring all Terra instruments back up to their nominal states and necessary calibrations and Lookup Table (LUT) updates will occur as needed. Users should exercise caution while using Terra data between 19 - 21 October as all instruments will still be recovering, after the outage. This will impact all sensors aboard Terra including MODIS, MISR, MOPITT, ASTER, and CERES.

Due to onboard fuel shortage, the last Terra mission maneuver was performed on 27 February 2020 to maintain the mean local time (MLT) of 10:30AM. Terra has since been drifting from its MLT, earlier and earlier, where it will reach and exceed 10:15AM MLT by October 2022. The Constellation Exit Maneuver (CEM) will start on 12 October 2022 and when it exits the constellation, it will have a lowered orbit of 694 km, 11 km closer to Earth from its previous 20+ year orbit of 705 km.

Terra is still expected to remain operational for at least another five years, though with earlier crossing times, there may be longer shadows, and being closer to Earth, the sensor views will narrow and data/imagery swath widths may narrow. Despite these changes, the impact to science is expected to be minimal and some of these changes could help with areas of research such as land morphology, surface temperature and climate research.

We have made some changes to the Chlorophyll a layers in Worldview and GIBS.

We are no longer processing the "Chlorophyll a Terra/MODIS" (MODIS_Terra_Chlorophyll_A) and "Chlorophyll a Aqua/MODIS" (MODIS_Aqua_Chlorophyll_A). Comparable layers are available for Terra/MODIS, Aqua/MODIS and now, Suomi NPP/VIIRS. The table below outlines the changes in the Worldview Title and GIBS Identifiers. Please transition to the new layers as the old layers will not have any imagery past 2022 MAR 28. 

In addition to this, the new Terra/MODIS, Aqua/MODIS and Suomi NPP/VIIRS layers are all utilizing a new colormap. The colormap now includes an entry for "< 0.0100 mg/m3to better reflect the breadth of the Chlorophyll a presence in water (or lack of presence in this case!), and the imagery was reprocessed to match the new colormaps. 

New colormap legend now includes "< 0.0100 mg/m3". Previous colormap started at 0.01 mg/m3 and did not include values lower than that.

Old Worldview TitleAvailabilityNew Worldview TitleAvailabilityOld GIBS IdentifierNew GIBS Identifier

Chlorophyll a 


2013 JUL 02 to 2022 MAR 28

Chlorophyll a (L2) Terra/MODIS

2013 JUL 02 to PresentMODIS_Terra_Chlorophyll_AMODIS_Terra_L2_Chlorophyll_A

Chlorophyll a 


2013 JUL 02 to 2022 MAR 28

Chlorophyll a (L2) Aqua/MODIS

2013 JUL 02 to PresentMODIS_Aqua_Chlorophyll_AMODIS_Aqua_L2_Chlorophyll_A

Chlorophyll a (L2) VIIRS/Suomi NPP

2020 APR 01 to PresentN/AVIIRS_SNPP_L2_Chlorophyll_A

Happy New Year everyone - It's been a few months since we've posted an update, but never fear, we are still always striving to make improvements and add new features to Worldview.

Temperature Unit Conversion

Temperature unit conversions are now available for relevant temperature layers.

We've also added twelve new Land Surface Temperature (LST) layers for you to convert units to your heart's desire! These include the MOD/MYD21 Land Surface Temperature Day | Night, Daily, 8-Day and Monthly layers.

The MOD/MYD21 Temperature/Emissivity Separation (TES) algorithm is a physics-based algorithm used to dynamically retrieve both LST and spectral emissivity simultaneously from the MODIS thermal infrared (TIR) bands 29, 31, and 32. The TES algorithm is combined with an improved Water Vapor Scaling (WVS) atmospheric correction scheme to stabilize the retrieval during warm and humid conditions. The MOD/MYD21 LST&E algorithm differs from the MOD11/MYD11 L2 algorithm in that the MOD21/MYD21 algorithm is based on the ASTER TES technique, whereas the MOD11/MYD11 L2 products uses a generalized split-window (GSW) technique. Learn more about MOD/MYD21 in its User Guide.

Settings Panel to convert temperature units can be accessed from the "i" menu in the upper right corner. Keep your eyes peeled for other settings that can be changed from this panel in the future!


The Layer Picker has a new facet for DAAC/SIPS (that is Distributed Active Archive Centers/Science Investigator-led Processing Systems) who have provided the imagery visualizations.

Click on the orange "+ Add Layers" in the Layer List, then the orange Filter icon in the upper left corner to filter the imagery by facets.

Tour Stories

Screenshot of the second step of the Geostationary Imagery Tour Story.

Moving to the Cloud

  • The Global Imagery Browse Services (GIBS) is in the process of migrating its visualization archive into the cloud. Current status:
    • 5% of total visualization layers (20% by volume) are actively being forward processed in the cloud.
    • 80% of the on-premises visualization archive has been transferred to the cloud.
    • The system is expected to be 100% in the cloud in Fall 2022.
  • This transition should be transparent to users as all existing visualization layers and URLs will continue to work (but please let us know if you notice any problems
  • Once fully migrated, we'll be able to more easily scale out the system and provide new features for more flexible visualizations.

AWS Snowball getting loaded up with data from our on-premises servers to its future home in the cloud!

Coming soon...

  • Worldview will soon be a progressive web app (PWA), making it "installable" on mobile devices so that more of the map will be visible to the user.
  • We're going to add a right-click context menu to the map to access features like copy coordinates to clipboard, start a measurement, and add a place marker.

Worldview's latest release, v3.11.0, contains a few new features and imagery layers that we'd like to share with you!

New Features

Embedded Worldview

Learn how to embed NASA Worldview into a web page, StoryMap, or other web-based product, by following the steps outlined on the Create an embedded Worldview page. Compared to the full application, the embedded version of Worldview has intentionally limited functionality to give users a more streamlined experience.

Learn more: Worldview’s New Embed Feature Makes Telling Data-Driven Stories Easier than Ever. Also, check out the Worldview embed examples page to see how you might embed Worldview onto your own web page. 

Example comparing imagery from different dates

The Bootleg Fire in Oregon was detected on 6 July 2021 and initiated by a lightning strike but propelled by hot, dry and windy weather. The false color (Bands 7-2-1) Corrected Reflectance images from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite below show the area burned between 9 July and 18 July. Burned areas or fire-affected areas are characterized by deposits of charcoal and ash, removal of vegetation and/or the alteration of vegetation structure. When bare soil becomes exposed, the brightness in Band 1 may increase, but that may be offset by the presence of black carbon residue; the near infrared (Band 2) will become darker, and Band 7 becomes more reflective. When assigned to red in the image, Band 7 will show burn scars as deep or bright red, depending on the type of vegetation burned, the amount of residue, or the completeness of the burn.

The left "A" side of the map shows the burned area on 9 July and the right "B" side shows the burned area on 18 July. Swipe back and forth to see how much the burned area grew in 9 days. The imagery also shows the active fire front in bright red with smoke emanating from it.

Sources: InciWeb - Bootleg Fire

Historical Events

Worldview now provides access to the entire curated list of archived events from the NASA Earth Observatory Natural Event Tracker (EONET).

Click on the "Events" tab in the sidebar and you will be presented with the first 50 events from the past few months. Just click on the blue filter icon to start narrowing down the events. You can filter events by date, event type, and events in the current map view. Events go back to 1 January 2000, though not all event types/categories have events populated back to 1 January 2000. Event types include Dust and Haze, Manmade, Sea and Lake Ice, Severe Storms, Snow, Volcanoes, Water Color and Wildfires. You can also check the box to "Only list events in current map view" to further filter your search results. 

Screenshot of the Events tab and event filter options.

New Imagery Layers

GeoColor, GOES-East and GOES-West

Worldview has added GeoColor imagery from the geostationary satellites, GOES-East and GOES-West along with the existing Red Visible, Clean Infrared and Air Mass layers. 

All geostationary imagery are available in Worldview on a rolling 90-day window.

The GeoColor (True Color (Day), Multispectral blended infrared (IR; at Night)) layer from the GOES-East and GOES-West Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) provides an approximation to daytime True Color imagery. The combination of spectral bands yields an appearance similar to what the human eye would perceive for land surface, oceanic and atmospheric features, with atmospheric correction used to make the appearance of these features sharper. Thus it is used primarily for the intuitive interpretation of meteorological and surface-based features such as smoke, blowing dust, and vegetation types (forests, deserts, croplands, etc.). At night, the true color imagery gives way to IR-based blended multispectral imagery that provides differentiation between low liquid water clouds (shown in light-blue) and higher ice clouds (shown in gray/white). It also includes a static city lights/night lights database derived from the VIIRS Day/Night Band, which aids in geo-referencing and can help determine the proximity of clouds (such as fog) or weather hazards (such as thunderstorms or tropical cyclones) to population centers. Please note that as these lights are static, they will not change even if, for example, a weather-induced power outage occurs.

Learn more: NASA Worldview Adds GeoColor Imagery from the joint NASA/NOAA GOES-East and GOES-West Satellites.

Screenshot of GeoColor from ABI aboard the GOES-East satellite on 20 July 2021 at 11:50Z.

Wind Speed (CDR, Daily), CYGNSS/DDMI

The CYGNSS/DDMI Level 3 Wind Speed (CDR, Daily) layer is the daily ocean surface wind speed in meters per second (m/s) as provided by the Delay Doppler Mapping Instrument (DDMI) on board the CYGNSS spacecraft constellation. The layer provides high resolution wind speed data that allows for global tropical ocean observation. The primary mission objective for CYGNSS is to provide frequent space‐based measurements of ocean surface wind speed in the inner core of tropical cyclones. The orbital asynchronicity with respect to the local solar daytime/nighttime patterns may provide additional scientific opportunity to study wind speed variations and patterns due to the diurnal cycle. The data imagery is provided by the CYGNSS Version 1.0 CYGNSS Level 3 Climate Data Record (CDR). The Version 1.0 CDR represents the first climate-quality release and is a collection of reanalysis products derived from the Science Data Record v2.1 Level 1 data.

Sea Surface Height Anomalies (GDR Cycles), TOPEX/POSEIDON, JASON-1, OSTM/Jason-2, and Jason-3

The Sea Surface Height Anomalies (GDR Cycles) layer displays along track Sea Surface Height Anomalies (SSHA) for individual 10-day cycles from the TOPEX/Poseidon, Jason-1, OSTM/Jason-2, and Jason-3 missions geo-referenced to a mean reference orbit. 

Deep Blue Aerosol Type, Suomi NPP / VIIRS

The VIIRS Deep Blue Aerosol Type layer provides information related to the aerosol composition over land and ocean. Types include Dust, Smoke, High Altitude Smoke, Pyrocumulonimbus Clouds, Non-Smoke Fine Mode, Mixed, Background and Fine Dominated.

The Deep Blue (DB) algorithm is employed for over-land use and the Satellite Ocean Aerosol Retrieval (SOAR) algorithm is used over water to determine atmospheric aerosol type for day time cloud-free snow-free scenes. The combined Aerosol Type over land and ocean layer is derived from pixels that pass high-quality assurance tests. Over water, aerosol type is retrieved via the aerosol type optical model that yields the best fit. Over land, aerosol type is classified based on Aerosol Optical Depth (AOD), Ångström exponent, Lambert Equivalent Reflectivity (LER), and brightness temperature.

Land Surface Temperature, MODIS/Aqua | Terra/ASTER

The Land Surface Temperature (Day | Night) layers are from the new Land Surface Temperature and Emissivity (LST&E) product (MOD/MYD21), which is in addition to the heritage MOD11/MYD11 Land Surface Temperature (LST) product. These layers show the temperature of the land surface in Kelvin (K).

Black Sky Albedo, MODIS/Terra and Aqua

The Black Sky Albedo (L3, Daily) layer is created from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) MCD43A3 Albedo Model dataset is produced daily using 16 days of Terra and Aqua MODIS data at 500 meter (m) resolution. Data are temporally weighted to the ninth day of the 16 day.

The MCD43A3 provides black-sky albedo (directional hemispherical reflectance) and white-sky albedo (bihemispherical reflectance) data at local solar noon.

Screenshot of Aerosol Type from VIIRS aboard the joint NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP satellite on 20 July 2021.

Updated and Removed Layers

  • All MODIS Land NRT and STD layers are in the process of being updated to collection 6.1. It will currently be a mix of v6.0 and 6.1.
  • Snow Water Equivalent, AMSR-2 (Daily, 5-Day, Monthly) have been updated to v2 for NRT and vB02 for STD.
  • Deep Blue Aerosol Optical Thickness and Aerosol Angstrom Exponent from Suomi NPP/VIIRS have been updated to v1.1.
  • G1SST Sea Surface Temperature from GHRSST has been retired.
  • Cloud Liquid Water, Columnar Water Vapor, Surface Precipitation Rate, Rain Rate and Wind Speed from AMSR-2 (Rain Ocean Products) have been retired.

Worldview and GIBS recently released new imagery in version 3.9.1 including MODIS Flood Product, and CYGNSS Soil Moisture. 

The beta version of the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Near Real-Time (NRT) Global Flood Product (MCDWD) provides a daily global map of flooding. It is derived from the NRT MODIS Surface Reflectance (MOD09) datasets from both the Terra and Aqua satellites. The Flood Product is available for 3 compositing periods: 1-day, 2-day, and 3-day. A pixel is marked as water when water detections from all observations from Terra/MODIS and Aqua/MODIS are gathered for each compositing period, with the 3-day window accumulating 3 days worth of observations thereby most likely to include the least number of false positive detections. (Note: 1-day product not yet available in Worldview). Users are advised to compare the flood product against the contributing MODIS reflectance imagery (such as 7-2-1 Corrected Reflectance; search for “721” after clicking “+ Add Layers”) for the compositing period to ensure reported flood areas do not correspond to areas of cloud shadow and other obscurations. Imagery is available starting 1 January 2021. Learn more about the MODIS Flood Product in the User Guide and the FAQs

Image of flooding in a river flood plain in northwestern Australia as highlighted by the Flood 3-Day Window layer in red. Visit Worldview to interact with the layers:

CYGNSS Soil Moisture layer in Worldview:

Worldview and GIBS also added the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) Soil Moisture layer which provides volumetric water content estimates for soils between 0-5 cm depth in units of cm3/cm3 for most of the subtropics. The data were produced by CYGNSS investigators at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU), and derived from version 2.1 of the CYGNSS L1 Science Data Record (SDR). The soil moisture algorithm uses collocated soil moisture retrievals from Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite to calibrate CYGNSS observations from the same day. For a given location, a linear relationship between the SMAP soil moisture and CYGNSS reflectivity is determined and used to transform the CYGNSS observations into soil moisture. The spatial resolution is 36km and temporal resolution is daily. The temporal coverage is 18 March 2017 - 16 August 2020. Dataset doi: 10.5067/CYGNU-L3SM1

As always, more exciting updates are coming soon including updated and higher resolution reference labels, coastlines, borders and roads that will work well with the 30 meter resolution Harmonized Landsat Sentinel 2 imagery! 

Worldview v3.9.0 was released in early March including new features like Location Search, Data download via Earthdata Search and layer grouping in the Layer List.

Location Search allows users to type in a location name, or coordinates and a marker will be placed on the map. Conversely, a marker can be placed on the map to retrieve the coordinates and place name (if available). Location Search is in the upper right corner of Worldview. 

Data Download via Earthdata Search: While Worldview has had a data download capability before, in the past it had been limited to only about a third of the layers. We have now extended this capability to almost all of the layers available in Worldview and provided a more robust method of getting users into Earthdata Search, EOSDIS' data discovery and access tool.

Layer Grouping: Layers in the Layer List can now be grouped to more effectively place similar layer visualization types together in the same category making it easier to manipulate a group than individual layers.

Read more about these updates in the Earthdata article, "EOSDIS Worldview Version 3.9.0 Makes Finding, Viewing, and Downloading NASA Earth Data Easier than Ever".

Screenshot of Worldview directing the user to download data via Earthdata Search. In Worldview, users select their desired layer, desired date and can set their area of interest. They are then directed to Earthdata Search with those options selected and can then access data download options.

Happy New Year GIBS and Worldview users! With a challenging 2020 behind us, we hope that some of the things we've been working on over the past year will help you with your work, research and plain old curiosity!

Worldview's mainstay has been the workhorse daily, global 250 meter resolution imagery from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MODIS) instrument aboard the Terra and Aqua satellites. With the long awaited release of the provisional Harmonized Landsat and Sentinel-2 version 1.5 data from the Land Process Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC) and the Interagency Implementation and Advanced Concepts Team (IMPACT), GIBS and Worldview has also worked hard to get this 30 meter imagery into Worldview for you to use!

The latest release, version 3.8.5, includes:

 The imagery will be back processed and will be available starting 2013 for Landsat 8 and 2015 for Sentinel 2A and 2B in the near future.

Learn more about the imagery by going through the Harmonized Landsat Sentinel-2 Tour Story in Worldview and read the Earthdata article "A Harmonious New Dataset".

Screenshot of Worldview displaying 250 meter Terra/MODIS reflectance imagery on the left and 30 meter HLS reflectance imagery from Sentinel 2A & 2B/MSI of the Palm Islands in Dubai. Check out the comparison in Worldview:

A sampling of some of this high resolution imagery!

Oahu, Hawaii, USA

Suez Canal, Egypt

Rio Guaviare, Colombia

Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

With our latest release, version 3.8.2, vector capabilities have been extended to the Fire and Thermal Anomalies layers! A total of 5 sets of layers from Terra/MODIS, Aqua/MODIS, Terra and Aqua combined/MODIS, Suomi NPP/VIIRS and NOAA-20/VIIRS.

This means that when you zoom into any fire point, you can click on an individual fire point and retrieve attribute information about that fire/thermal anomaly and most notably, you will be able to find out what time the fire was detected.

These attributes include:

  • Latitude
  • Longitude
  • Brightness Temperature (Channel 21/22) (For MODIS)/ Brightness Temperature (Channel I-4) (For VIIRS)
  • Brightness Temperature (Channel 31) (For MODIS)/ Brightness Temperature (Channel I-5) (for VIIRS)
  • Fire Radiative Power
  • Detection Confidence
  • Day/Night Flag
  • Along-Scan Pixel Size
  • Along-Track Pixel Size
  • Acquisition Date
  • Acquisition Time (in UTC)
  • Satellite
  • Collection and Source

Detailed descriptions of the attributes: VIIRS and MODIS.

Other vector layers in Worldview include Dams, Reservoirs, Nuclear Power Plants and Settlements.

You can access the layers by clicking on "Add Layers", selecting the "Featured" tab and selecting layers listed under "Fires and Thermal Anomalies (Vectors) and Socioeconomic Data (Vectors) or simply typing "vectors" in the search box!

Go to Worldview and investigate the fire points in Northern California on 15 September 2020.

Developers and DIY-ers!

You may be thinking, I really just want to take these vectors and display them in my own client, so check out the GIBS API for Developers: Vector API documentation and visit the gibs-web-examples GitHub repo to find some live examples!

The Fires and Thermal Anomalies layers are also available via web services from the Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS).

Worldview Release 3.7.0 includes lots of new goodies!

  • Layer Picker: Layer descriptions are more easily discovered, we've added more search functionality with options to filter the layers by different facets such as by temporal period, category, measurements, whether the imagery was obtained during the daytime or nighttime, and many more.
  • Timeline Availability Panel: Visually determine whether layers you have loaded have temporally coincident imagery using the timeline availability panel.
  • Distraction free mode: Too much stuff on top of the map? Click on the "i" button to turn on distraction free mode and get rid the Layer List, Timeline, Measurement Tool and other buttons so you can concentrate solely on the imagery!
  • Vector capabilities: We've adding the ability to interact with vector layers such as Settlements, Dams, Reservoirs and Nuclear Power Plants. You can now zoom in and query a point or polygon for these layers to find out more about them. The settlements layer provides settlement name, estimated population in 2000, and whether the settlement is urban or rural. More to come in forthcoming anomalies layers next!

For more information, read this short article on the Earthdata website: New Imagery and Functionality Available in NASA Worldview.

Interacting with the Settlements vector layer brings up more detailed information. 

We've added quite a few new imagery layers into GIBS and the latest version (3.7.0) of Worldview - a total of 35 new layers!

NOAA-20/Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) (5 Daily layers)

This means that we now have 4 sets of similar imagery from 4 different satellite/sensor combinations! This is useful for cross comparison and for continuity for when older missions retire.

Suomi NPP/Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) (4 Daily layers)

Aqua and Terra/Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) (8 Daily layers)

Group for High Resolution Sea Surface Temperature (GHRSST) (7 Daily layers)

MEaSUREs (1 5-Day layer)

GCOM-W1/Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer 2 (AMSR2) - Unified algorithm (10 Daily layers)

The unified algorithm layers will replace the existing AMSR2 layers as the older imagery is processed.

Please complete NASA's Land Atmosphere Near real-time Capability for EOS (LANCE) Customer Satisfaction Survey if you would like to provide feedback on NASA's near real-time data and imagery distributed through LANCE, Worldview Worldview Snapshots, the Global Imagery Browse Services (GIBS) and/or Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS). 

Worldview Release 3.5.0

We released a new version of NASA Worldview, version 3.5.0, yesterday and wanted to share the good news with you!

Read the short article on the Earthdata website, Layer by Layer, NASA Worldview Continues to Improve, to learn more about our most recent improvements or just go and visit NASA Worldview to see the new changes!

New features include a preview image and layer description when a layer search is conducted.

In this release, we have also added a new set of Fires and Thermal Anomalies layers (Day and Night) from the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on board the NOAA-20 (aka JPSS-1) satellite. This satellite crosses the equator 50 minutes prior to the Suomi National Polar orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite, at approximately 12:40 PM (ascending/day node) and 12:40 AM (descending/night node). This means we now have four sets of Fires and Thermal Anomalies (Day and Night) layers - MODIS/Terra, MODIS/Aqua, VIIRS/Suomi NPP, and VIIRS/NOAA-20! Explore the Fires and Thermal Anomalies layer from VIIRS/NOAA-20 in NASA Worldview!

VIIRS/NOAA-20 Fires and Thermal Anomalies layers now available in Worldview.

We've been faithfully providing daily global imagery from MODIS, VIIRS, and other instruments for the last 7+ years and we're now entering new territory - we're going to provide a rolling month of geostationary imagery from GOES-East, GOES-West and Himawari-8. 

That's imagery available at 10 MINUTE increments for the last month!

Our current offerings will be Red Visible, Clean Infrared and Air Mass. We may add more in the future, or provide higher resolution versions of this imagery - keep an eye on the blog for any updates!  In particular, the Red Visible layer is currently being displayed at 1km spatial resolution but may be available at its native 500m in the future.

See Geostationary Imagery in Action

Step 1: Load Geostationary Imagery

Step 2: Set Up Timeline

  • Note the change in the timeline! You can now see the Year, Month, Day AND the time in Hours and Minutes Z (Zulu Time which is equivalent to UTC - Coordinated Universal Time) on the left side of the timeline.
  • To the right of the "Z" are the < > increment arrows. Click on "1 Day" above these to change the increment. There are several options - Year, Month, Day, Hour, Minute and Custom. Click on Custom and in the Custom Interval Selector box, change the increment to "10" and "Minute". (This imagery is available in 10 minute increments starting at 00:00)
  • Click on "Day" on the right side of the timeline to change the timescale to "Minute" or "Hour".

TIP: The geostationary imagery from GOES-East, GOES-West and Himawari-8 is available in 10 minute increments starting at 00:00. 

Step 3: View Geostationary Imagery and Step Through Time!

  • Enter 2019 SEP 02 17:00 Z in the timeline.
  • The GOES-East disk will update to the new date and time and show a greyscale image. 
  • Zoom into the Bahamas/Florida. Here you can see Hurricane Dorian the day after it made landfall on the Bahamas.
  • Add another layer such as "Clean Infrared (10.3 um, Band 13, 10 minute)"
  • Click on the forward increment arrow to see the image change at 10 minute increments. The change will be almost imperceptible as the imagery is loading. Click on the back arrow several times to cache the imagery and click on the forward arrow again, you will be able to see the storm's rotation.

TIP: The Red Visible layer is only available during the daytime; the Clean Infrared and Air Mass layers are available all day!

Step 4: Set Up Animation

  • To make it even easier to watch the storm's progression, set up an animation! 
  • Click on the Video Camera icon in the timeline.
  • Set the second date and time fields to 2019 SEP 02 21:00 Z; set the first date and time fields to 2019 SEP 02 17:00 Z.
  • Click on the "Play" button and watch the storm move!
  • Click on the "Create Animated GIF" icon on the right to download an animated GIF of the animation, like below:

Check out our latest Worldview tour story that shows off the geostationary imagery - Hurricane Dorian (September 2019) 

Read more about Geostationary imagery on the Earthdata website - Now Available in Worldview: Earth Every 10 Minutes

and MOST IMPORTANTLY, get started with geostationary imagery in Worldview!

As always, if you have any comments or feedback, contact us at

PS: geostationary imagery isn't just for hurricanes and clouds!  Here's an example showing a recent fire in northern California combining red band imagery from GOES-West with fires and thermal anomalies from Suomi NPP / VIIRS over the morning of 2019-10-27:

Worldview's camera tool (upper right) in action

The resulting image after clicking "Download" in the camera tool

Summary: we've swapped out the backend service to Worldview's camera tool; you shouldn't notice a thing unless you're scraping directly from the (undocumented / deprecated) backend service.

If you've used Worldview's camera tool in the upper right corner of the app, you may have noticed that it can open a new window with a URL like this:,50.0986,-119.3484,56.6041&epsg=4326&layers=MODIS_Terra_CorrectedReflectance_TrueColor,Coastlines,MODIS_Fires_Terra&opacities=1,1,1&worldfile=false&format=image/jpeg&width=947&height=740

That URL requested a custom image with your specified bounding box, layers, file format, output resolution, etc... using the legacy "Image Download" service.  With the advent of the new Worldview Snapshots tool and backend, we've consolidated how those custom images are generated.  In fact, we've already transitioned the Worldview camera tool to use the Worldview Snapshots backend.  So the same request above now looks like this:,-127.6736,56.6041,-119.3484&CRS=EPSG:4326&LAYERS=MODIS_Terra_CorrectedReflectance_TrueColor,Coastlines,MODIS_Terra_Thermal_Anomalies_All&FORMAT=image/jpeg&WIDTH=947&HEIGHT=740

As mentioned in the Summary, this shouldn't have an impact on regular Worldview usage.  This post is geared toward those who are still directly using the undocumented, and now deprecated, "Image Download" service - we know you're out there!  You'll need to transition your current requests by either

We plan to decommission the "Image Download" service in April Summer 2019 which will then return a static image with an error message and pointer to this page.

Please contact us at if you have any questions or concerns.

First released in 1999, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Web Map Service (WMS) has been a stalwart of standards used to flexibly serve map-based imagery through an HTTP interface for two decades.  While GIBS has long used the newer OGC Web Map Tile Service (WMTS) to rapidly distribute its earth science data visualizations, we've found that there are still a number of use cases which are better served by the WMS interface.  These include:

  • Geographic Information System (GIS) Client Support - users can configure their GIS client to interact with the WMS interface to facilitate an interactive experience with the GIBS visualizations.
  • Custom Image Request - users can interact directly with the WMS interface to request custom images defined by their own bounding box and output dimensions, layer list and order, and output format.

Our new service is available in the "Geographic" (EPSG:4326), Web Mercator (EPSG:3857), Arctic polar stereographic (EPSG:3413), and Antarctic polar stereographic (EPSG:3031) projections.  And, of course, it supports time-based access to GIBS' historical archive of visualizations.  

Check out our updated API documentation for WMS and GIS documentation to see how you might use the new GIBS WMS!

New Tour and Imagery Roundup

We've been burning the midnight oil to bring you some new features and lots of new imagery in GIBS and Worldview.

Learn more about what's going on around the world with Worldview's new tour!

Our latest feature in Worldview is our tour!

This tour is now more story focused, bringing you 9 different stories about events going on around the world, interesting tidbits about the imagery, imagery tutorials and information on how to use Worldview.

We'll update the tour stories regularly to keep it fresh!

Go to Worldview, to check it out!

Tip: If you get tired of seeing the tour window every time you open Worldview, check the box "Do not show until a new story has been added". 

And all the new imagery...!

We've fallen way behind on letting you know about the new imagery in GIBS and Worldview. We've come to a whopping 800+ imagery layers, adding almost 200 layers since our last imagery related blog post in September 2017, and the number keeps on growing! Go to the following page to see the full list of available imagery products.

Daily and 8-day Imagery Layers

ISS/LIS Lightning Flash Count and Radiance over Africa

Lightning (6 layers): TRMM LIS Flash Radiance (Level 2, Standard); Calibrated Flash Radiance (OTD / Microlab-1)DMSP-F12 OLS Digital Derived Lightning (Level 3, Standard, OLS / DMSP-F12); DMSP-F10 OLS Digital Derived Lightning (Level 3, Standard, OLS / DMSP-F10), ISS/LIS Flash Radiance and Flash Count.

Sulfur Dioxide (4 layers): Sulfur Dioxide: Planetary Boundary layer; Lower Troposphere; Middle Troposphere; Upper Troposphere and Stratosphere.

Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) Daily Level 3 imagery (14 layers): Outgoing Longwave Radiation (Day | Night, Daily); Clear Sky Outgoing Longwave Radiation (Day | Night, Daily), Carbon Monoxide (500hPa, Day | Night, Daily); Methane (400hPa, Day | Night, Daily); Surface Air Temperature (Day | Night, Daily); Surface Relative Humidity (Day | Night, Daily); Surface Skin Temperature (Day | Night, Daily)

Soil Moisture (5 layers)GCOM-W1 AMSR2 LPRM Surface Soil Moisture C1-band (Day | Night, Daily); GCOM-W1 AMSR2 LPRM Surface Soil Moisture C1-band (Downscaled, Day | Night, Daily); SMAP/Sentinel-1 Soil Moisture

Sea Surface Currents/Height Anomalies/Temperature (8 layers): Sea Surface Currents (Zonal, OSCAR); Sea Surface Currents (Meridional, OSCAR); Sea Surface Height Anomalies (GDR Cycles, TOPEX/Poseidon, JASON); Sea Surface Height Anomalies (US West Coast, GAFECC, TOPEX/Poseidon, JASON); Sea Surface Currents (Zonal, US West Coast, GAFECC, TOPEX/Poseidon, JASON); Sea Surface Currents (Meridional, US West Coast, GAFECC, TOPEX/Poseidon, JASON); Sea Surface Height Anomalies (Reconstructed, TOPEX/Poseidon, JASON); Sea Surface Temperature (L4, AVHRR-OI)

Sea Ice (2 layers): AMSRU2 Sea Ice Concentration; AMSRU2 Sea Ice Brightness Temperature

OMPS Aerosol Index (PyroCumuloNimbus) over North America during the Summer 2018 wildfire season

Aerosols (5 layers): OMI UV Aerosol Index; OMPS Aerosol Index; OMPS Aerosol Index (PyroCumuloNimbus); SeaWiFS DeepBlue Aerosol Optical Thickness 550nm (Daily); SeaWiFS DeepBlue Aerosol Angstrom Exponent (Daily)

Wind Speed (1 layer): CYGNSS Wind Speed Daily

Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit-A (AMSU-A) imagery (45 layers): Brightness Temperature Channels 1 - 15 from NOAA-15 (3 August 1998 - present), NOAA-16 (27 May 2001 - 3 March 2008) and NOAA-17 (21 July 2002 - 28 October 2003).

Absolute Dynamic Topography (1 layer): Absolute Dynamic Topography (AVISO)

Liquid Water Equivalent Thickness (11 layers): Liquid Water Equivalent Thickness (Mascon, CRI, GRACE Tellus); Liquid Water Equivalent Thickness (Mascon, GRACE Tellus); Liquid Water Equivalent Thickness (Land, GFZ, GRACE Tellus); Liquid Water Equivalent Thickness (Land, JPL, GRACE Tellus); Liquid Water Equivalent Thickness (Land, CSR, GRACE Tellus); Liquid Water Equivalent Thickness (Ocean, GFZ, GRACE Tellus); Liquid Water Equivalent Thickness (Ocean, JPL, GRACE Tellus); Liquid Water Equivalent Thickness (Ocean, CSR, GRACE Tellus); Liquid Water Equivalent Thickness (Ocean, EOF, GFZ, GRACE Tellus); Liquid Water Equivalent Thickness (Ocean, EOF, JPL, GRACE Tellus); Liquid Water Equivalent Thickness (Ocean, EOF, CSR, GRACE Tellus)

Sea Surface Salinity 8-Day (2 layers): Sea Surface Salinity (L3, 8-Day Running Mean, Radiometer); Sea Surface Salinity (L3, CAP, 8-Day Running Mean, Radiometer)

Monthly Imagery Layers

Aerosols (2 layers):  SeaWiFS DeepBlue Aerosol Optical Thickness 550nm (Monthly); SeaWiFS DeepBlue Aerosol Angstrom Exponent (Monthly).

Sea Surface Salinity (2 layers): Sea Surface Salinity (L3, Monthly, Radiometer); Sea Surface Salinity (L3, CAP, Monthly, Radiometer,).

Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Sea Surface Salinity (L3, CAP, Monthly)

Modern-Era Retrospective analysis for Research and Applications, Version 2 (MERRA-2) imagery (26 layers): 

  • 2-meter Air Temperature
  • Total Precipitation Bias Corrected
  • Snowfall 
  • Soil Water Root Zone
  • Evaporation over Land
  • SO2 Column Mass Density ENSEMBLE
  • Dust Surface Mass Concentration PM2.5
  • Dust Surface Mass Concentration
  • Total Aerosol Optical Thickness Scattering 550nm
  • Total Aerosol Optical Thickness Extinction 550nm
  • Total Dust Deposition, Dry+Wet All Bins
  • Evaporation from Turbulence
  • Surface Albedo
  • Carbon Monoxide Emission ENSEMBLE
  • ISCCP Cloud Albedo
  • Snow Depth Over Glaciated Surface
  • Incident Shortwave Over Land
  • Open Water Latent Energy Flux
  • Total Precipitable Water Vapor
  • 2-meter Air Temperature, Assimilated  
  • Aerosol Optical Depth Analysis
  • Surface Wind Speed
  • Air Temperature at 250hPa
  • Ozone Mixing Ratio at 50hPa
  • Relative Humidity After Moist at 700hPa
  • Convective Rainwater Source at 700hPa

Composite and Reference Layers

Socioeconomic imagery (47 layers)

  • Croplands
  • Pastures
  • Anthropogenic Biomes
  • Drought Hazard: Frequency and Distribution, Mortality Risk,  Economic Risk
  • Cyclone Hazard: Frequency and Distribution, Mortality Risk, Economic Risk
  • Flood Hazard: Frequency and Distribution, Mortality Risk, Economic Risk
  • Volcano Hazard: Frequency and Distribution, Mortality Risk, Economic Risk
  • Estimated Migration by Decade: 1970-1980, 1980 -1990, 1990-2000
  • Population Density: 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015, 2020
  • Urban Extent; Human Footprint 
  • Last of the Wild 
  • Urban-Rural Extent Below 10m
  • Particulate Matter below 2.5 micrometers 2001-2010, 2010-2012
  • Mangrove Forest
  • Probabilities of Urban Expansion
  • Summer Day Maximum Land Surface Temperature
  • Summer Night Minimum Land Surface Temperature
  • Ground Level Nitrogen Dioxide 3 year running mean 1996-1998, 2010-2012
  • Amphibian Richness: All Species, Vulnerable Species, Critically Endangered Species, Endangered Species, All Threats
  • Mammal Richness: All Species, Vulnerable Species, Critically Endangered Species, Endangered Species, All Threats 
  • Human Built-up and Settlement Extent
  • Impervious Surface Percentage

Land Cover (1 layer): WELD 5 Year Tree Cover

SEDAC Croplands and Pastures layers

WELD 5 year Tree Cover composite over the continental USA


Orbit Tracks (Ascending | Descending) (18 layers) Sentinel 1A, Sentinel 1B , Sentinel 2A, Sentinel 2B, Sentinel 5P, ICESat-2, MetOP-C, GCOM-C and Landsat 7.