Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica (LIMA) 16-Bit Pan-Sharpened Mosaic

Dataset Availability
1999-06-30T00:00:00Z - 2002-09-04T00:00:00
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The Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica (LIMA) is a seamless and virtually cloudless mosaic created from processed Landsat 7 ETM+ scenes.

This LIMA dataset is the 16-bit Intermediate LIMA. The mosaic consists of pan-sharpened normalized surface reflectance scenes (Landsat ETM+ bands 1, 2, 3, and 4). The mosaic was constructed by ordering cloud free images on top and trimming image boundaries when tile discontinuities occurred.

Users can find the mosaic tile footprints available at: USGS/LIMA/MOSAIC_TILE_FOOTPRINTS



Name Pixel Size Wavelength Description
B1 15 meters 0.45 - 0.52 µm


B2 15 meters 0.52 - 0.60 µm


B3 15 meters 0.63 - 0.69 µm


B4 15 meters 0.77 - 0.90 µm

Near infrared

Terms of Use

Terms of Use

These images are in the public domain and can be used freely and without acknowledgement. However, credit to the Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica (LIMA) Project is greatly appreciated.


  • Bindschadler, R., Vornberger, P., Fleming, A., Fox, A., Mullins, J., Binnie, D., Paulson, S., Granneman, B., and Gorodetzky, D., 2008, The Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica, Remote Sensing of Environment, 112, pp. 4214-4226. PDF

Explore in Earth Engine

var dataset = ee.Image('USGS/LIMA/MOSAIC');
var antarctica =['B3', 'B2', 'B1']);
var antarcticaVis = {
  min: 0.0,
  max: 10000.0,
Map.setCenter(164.619, -77.99, 7);
Map.addLayer(antarctica, antarcticaVis, 'Antartica Imagery (RGB)');