Data Set ID:

Global Land Ice Velocity Extraction from Landsat 8 (GoLIVE), Version 1

This data set is a compilation of ice velocity mappings generated from pairs of Landsat 8 panchromatic images acquired from May 2013 to present covering all terrestrial permanent ice within the latitude range 82°S to 82°N that is larger than 5 km2 in area. The data are updated monthly with new images acquired by Landsat 8 that are then paired with older images acquired within 400 days of the new acquisition for the Antarctic ice sheet, 112 days for the Greenland ice sheet, and 96 days for all other glacierized areas. The data are generated by an image correlation algorithm that produces grids of ice displacement referenced to in-image rock outcrops, slow moving ice, or if lacking that, using the satellite's geo-positioning (accurate to +/- 5 m). Velocity vector grids are generated at a sample spacing of 300 m from small sub-images that are either 300 m or 600 m on a side, depending on the region. For example, ice sheet areas are mapped with 600 m x 600 m sub-images, and mountain glaciers are mapped with 300 m x 300 m sub-images. Accuracy of the velocity data varies depending on the time separation between the images, ranging between ~1 m/d per day to 0.02 m/d per day.

This is the most recent version of these data.

Version Summary:

Initial release

Data Format(s):
  • PNG
  • GeoTIFF
  • NetCDF
Spatial Coverage:
N: 82, 
S: -82, 
E: 180, 
W: -180
Spatial Resolution:
  • 300 m x 300 m
Temporal Coverage:
  • 1 May 2013 to 30 April 2017
Temporal Resolution16 dayMetadata XML:View Metadata Record
Data Contributor(s):Ted Scambos, Mark Fahnestock, Twila Moon, Alex Gardner, Marin Klinger

Geographic Coverage

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As a condition of using these data, you must cite the use of this data set using the following citation. For more information, see our Use and Copyright Web page.

Scambos, T., M. Fahnestock, T. Moon, A. Gardner, and M. Klinger. 2016. Global Land Ice Velocity Extraction from Landsat 8 (GoLIVE), Version 1. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center. doi: [Date Accessed].

Literature Citation

As a condition of using these data, we request that you acknowledge the author(s) of this data set by referencing the following peer-reviewed publication.

  • Fahnestock, M., T. Scambos, T. Moon, A. Gardner, T. Haran, and M. Klinger. 2015. Rapid large-area mapping of ice flow using Landsat 8, Remote Sensing of Environment. 185. 84-94.

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How To

How to convert NetCDF variables to GeoTIFF
This guide will illustrate the how to convert NetCDF variables to single-band GeoTIFFs. You will need to have the Geospatial Data Abstraction Library (GDAL, installed on your system before continuing. Once you have acquired the NetCDF file of the tile(s) you are interested in and... read more
GoLIVE Map Application User Guide
The GoLIVE Map Application allows users to spatially search for and download land ice velocities derived from panchromatic imagery collected from May 2013 to present. Spatial coverage of the GoLIVE data product covers all terrestrial... read more