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Inter-mission Time Series of Land Ice Velocity and Elevation (ITS_LIVE)

cog earth observation geophysics geospatial global ice netcdf satellite imagery stac zarr


The Inter-mission Time Series of Land Ice Velocity and Elevation (ITS_LIVE) project has a singular mission: to accelerate ice sheet and glacier research by producing globally comprehensive, high resolution, low latency, temporally dense, multi-sensor records of land ice and ice shelf change while minimizing barriers between the data and the user. ITS_LIVE data currently consists of NetCDF Level 2 scene-pair ice flow products posted to a standard 120 m grid derived from Landsat 4/5/7/8/9, Sentinel-2 optical scenes, and Sentinel-1 SAR scenes. We have processed all land-ice intersecting image pairs separated by ≤546 days for optical and ≤12 for SAR sensors, for all missions from each mission start to the end of 2022. The ITS_LIVE project will continue processing new optical and radar scene pairs as they come in, and will soon increase production to include SAR image pairs separated by more than 12 days. We also expect to extend processing to include ASTER, RADARSAT, and NISAR imagery. Further, all scene pair data are combined into a set of Zarr datacubes that are cloud-optimized for time-series analysis, with a suite of user tools available to query the data effectively. The ITS_LIVE project is also producing a suite of Level 3 products, including quarterly and annual ice-sheet and regional velocity mosaics as Cloud-Optimized GeoTIFFs, standardized records of elevation change rates for Greenland and Antarctica, and ice shelf and tidewater glacier front positions. For more information about the ITS_LIVE project, please see

Update Frequency

Up to daily, as new satellite imagery is made available.


Creative Commons Zero (CC0) 1.0 Universal License


Managed By

The Alaska Satellite Facility (ASF)

See all datasets managed by The Alaska Satellite Facility (ASF).


If you have questions about the data itself or the processing methods used, please post in the ITS_LIVE Community gitter. If you have questions about how the data is managed on AWS, please email the ASF Tools Team.

How to Cite

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Usage Examples

Tools & Applications

Resources on AWS

  • Description
    ITS_LIVE Data S3 Bucket
    Resource type
    S3 Bucket
    Amazon Resource Name (ARN)
    AWS Region
    AWS CLI Access (No AWS account required)
    aws s3 ls --no-sign-request s3://its-live-data/
    Browse Bucket
  • Description
    Notifications for new data
    Resource type
    SNS Topic
    Amazon Resource Name (ARN)
    AWS Region

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