Get Landsat surface reflectance time-series from google earth engine
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Google Earth Engine data extraction tool. Quickly obtain Landsat multispectral time-series for exploratory analysis and algorithm testing

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A python library (API + command lines) to extract Landsat time-series from the Google Earth Engine platform. Can query single pixels or spatially aggregated values over polygons. When used via the command line, extracted time-series are written to a sqlite database.

The idea is to provide quick access to Landsat time-series for exploratory analysis or algorithm testing. Instead of downloading the whole stack of Landsat scenes, preparing the data locally and extracting the time-series of interest, which may take several days, geextract allows to get time-series in a few seconds.

Compatible with python 2.7 and 3.



The principal function of the API is ts_extract

from geextract import ts_extract
from datetime import datetime

# Extract a Landsat 7 time-series for a 500m radius circular buffer around
# a location in Yucatan
lon = -89.8107197
lat = 20.4159611
LE7_dict_list = ts_extract(lon=lon, lat=lat, sensor='LE7',
                           start=datetime(1999, 1, 1), radius=500)

Command line

geextract comes with two command lines, for extracting Landsat time-series directly from the command line.

  • Extract a Landsat multispectral time-series for a single site. Extracted data are automatically added to a sqlite database.
  • Batch order Landsat multispectral time-series for multiple locations. --help

# Extract all the LT5 bands for a location in Yucatan for the entire Landsat period, with a 500m radius -s LT5 -b 1980-01-01 -lon -89.8107 -lat 20.4159 -r 500 -db /tmp/gee_db.sqlite -site uxmal -table col_1 -s LE7 -b 1980-01-01 -lon -89.8107 -lat 20.4159 -r 500 -db /tmp/gee_db.sqlite -site uxmal -table col_1 -s LC8 -b 1980-01-01 -lon -89.8107 -lat 20.4159 -r 500 -db /tmp/gee_db.sqlite -site uxmal -table col_1 --help

# Extract all the LC8 bands in a 500 meters for two locations between 2012 and now
echo "4.7174,44.7814,rompon\n-149.4260,-17.6509,tahiti" > site_list.txt site_list.txt -b 1984-01-01 -s LT5 -r 500 -db /tmp/gee_db.sqlite -table landsat_ts site_list.txt -b 1984-01-01 -s LE7 -r 500 -db /tmp/gee_db.sqlite -table landsat_ts site_list.txt -b 1984-01-01 -s LC8 -r 500 -db /tmp/gee_db.sqlite -table landsat_ts


You must have a Google Earth Engine account to use the package.

Then, in a vitual environment run:

pip install geextract
earthengine authenticate

This will open a google authentication page in your browser, and will give you an authentication token to paste back in the terminal.

You can check that the authentication process was successful by running.

python -c "import ee; ee.Initialize()"

If nothing happens... it's working.


A quick benchmark of the extraction speed, using a 500 m buffer.

import time
from datetime import datetime
from pprint import pprint
import geextract

lon = -89.8107197
lat = 20.4159611

for sensor in ['LT5', 'LE7', 'LT4', 'LC8']:
    start = time.time()
    out = geextract.ts_extract(lon=lon, lat=lat, sensor=sensor, start=datetime(1980, 1, 1, 0, 0),
                     , radius=500)
    end = time.time()

    pprint('%s. Extracted %d records in %.1f seconds' % (sensor, len(out), end - start))
# 'LT5. Extracted 142 records in 1.9 seconds'
# 'LE7. Extracted 249 records in 5.8 seconds'
# 'LT4. Extracted 7 records in 1.0 seconds'
# 'LC8. Extracted 72 records in 2.4 seconds'