February 2015


DNC deforestation
Feb 25, 2015Felling of Tropical Trees Has Soared, Landsat Shows, Not Slowed as UN Study Found

[Source: Nanci Bompey, AGU; Laura Ours and Graham Binder, University of Maryland] The rate at which tropical forests were cut, burned or otherwise lost from the 1990s through the 2000s accelerated by 62 percent, according to a new study which [...]

energy reaching TIRS
Feb 19, 2015Landsat 8 Remote Sensing Special Issue

A trio of Landsat calibration scientists—Brian Markham (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center), Jim Storey (Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies for USGS EROS) and Ron Morfitt (USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center) Landsat 8 Special Issue [...]

Elephant Foot Glacier
Feb 18, 2015Landsat Goes Over The Top: A Long View of the Arctic

[By: Kathryn Hansen, Jesse Allen, Robert Simmon, and Matt Radcliff; NASA Earth Observatory] On February 11, 2013, the Landsat 8 satellite rocketed into space to extend a four-decade legacy of Earth observations. A few months after launch, we [...]

Landsat 8 Beauty Shot
Feb 11, 2015Landsat 8 at 2 years

Two years ago today, Landsat 8 blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Here are some stats since then: 10,628 orbits around Earth (as of the start of Feb 11, 2015) 418,921 images acquired (409,305 on WRS-2 + 9,616 pre WRS-2 as of Read more [...]

Now & Then: The History of Portrait U.S.A.
Jan 29, 2015Now & Then: The History of Portrait U.S.A.

USGS released provisional Landsat surface reflectance products in December. Surface reflectance products correct for atmospheric distortions thereby providing "less hazy" images. To visually demonstrate the difference, USGS created Landsat image [...]

Moore and Surui chief
Jan 28, 2015Wrangling a Petabyte of Data to Better View the Earth

[By Jenny Woodman, Earthzine] When viewed from space, clouds largely obscure the Earth. It isn’t a matter of time of day, angle or distance. It’s just the way it is – unless, of course, you are gazing at the planet using Google Earth. The story [...]

USGS Landsat 8 TIRS Update
Jan 27, 2015USGS Landsat 8 TIRS Update

[Source: USGS Landsat] Landsat 8 continues to acquire OLI and TIRS data, although TIRS Level-1 processing remains suspended. On December 19 the TIRS instrument on Landsat 8 was reconfigured due to detection of anomalous current levels associated [...]

Turkana women gathering water
Jan 26, 2015Water Mapping Technology Rebuilds Lives in Arid Regions

[Source: NASA Technology Transfer Program] Turkana County in northwest Kenya has been reeling from several years of crippling drought. As a consequence, the nomadic peoples in the region have suffered. Livestock such as goats and cattle, the [...]

Darrel Williams
Jan 21, 2015The View from Over 2,000,000 Feet

The NASA Landsat 7 Project Scientist, Darrel Williams, was recently featured in the AgScience magazine of his alma mater. In an article titled "Oh! The Places We Go" reporter Maureen Harmon spoke to Penn State Ag Sciences graduates about the [...]

Landsat Seen as Stunning Return on Public Investment
Jan 15, 2015Landsat Seen as Stunning Return on Public Investment

[By Jon Campbell, U.S. Geological Survey] Orbiting Earth more than 400 miles away in space, far from human view; recording repeated images of land around the globe for more than 42 years; offering customers petabytes of historical and current [...]

Landsat 8 team with award
Jan 7, 2015Pecora, ISPRS, IAG Joint Symposium Presents Prestigious Awards

[Source: ASPRS] The United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) presented a number of prestigious awards during the Pecora 19 Symposium in conjunction with the Joint [...]

Landsat Images Provided to the International Charter in  Dec. 2014
Dec 31, 2014Landsat Images Provided to the International Charter in Dec. 2014

The International Charter is a system that supplies free satellite imagery to emergency responders anywhere in the world. The Charter concept is this: a single phone number is made available to authorized parties providing 24/7 contact to a [...]

cloudless satellite composite image
Dec 23, 2014Mapbox: Innovating with Landsat

[By Larisa Serbina & Holly Miller, USGS Fort Collins Science Center] Mapbox is a cloud-based map platform startup that creates custom maps with open source tools. The team at Mapbox consists of over fifty cartographers, data analysts and [...]

Aspen Tree Trunks
Dec 22, 2014SilviaTerra: Landsat Use by a Forestry Start-up

[By Larisa Serbina & Holly Miller, USGS Fort Collins Science Center] SilviaTerra is a four-year-old start-up company with five full-time employees that is contributing to the change in the way forests are managed in the United States. The [...]

geospatial processing
Dec 21, 2014Virginia Tech Geospatial Studies and Landsat

[Excerpted from Lynn Davis, Virginia Tech] Early iterations of geospatial technologies have been around for more than a century. The first remote sensing was from balloons in the mid-1800s, and aerial photography began in the 1930s. But the 1972 [...]

Uinta Mountains
Dec 19, 2014U.S. Forest Service Uses Landsat to Improve Estimates of Forest Disturbance

Dec 19, 2014 • Each year the U.S. Forest Service takes a census of trees, chronicling the nation’s forest heath and timber resources. Forest managers use this information to project what U.S. forests will be like in coming decades and, if [...]

Water released from Morelos Dam
Dec 18, 2014Landsat Satellite Sees Green-up Along Colorado River’s Delta After Experimental Flow

[By Kate Ramesayer, NASA Goddard] A pulse of water released down the lower reaches of the Colorado River last spring resulted in more than a 40 percent increase in green vegetation where the water flowed, as seen by the Landsat 8 satellite. The [...]

Call for Papers: A Special Issue of Remote Sensing of Environment on Landsat 8 Science Results
Dec 18, 2014Call for Papers: A Special Issue of Remote Sensing of Environment on Landsat 8 Science Results

Scope With the launch of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) in February 2013, the already unprecedented Landsat global record continues and could reach 50 years or longer in length. LDCM, renamed, Landsat 8 when the mission was declared [...]

From the River to the Sea
Dec 18, 2014From the River to the Sea

A pulse of water released down the lower reaches of the Colorado River last spring resulted in more than a 40 percent increase in green vegetation where the water flowed, as seen by the Landsat 8 satellite. The March 2014 release of water – an [...]

AGU logo
Dec 15, 2014Landsat at the Fall 2014 AGU Meeting

At this year's AGU Fall meeting over 300 presentations will feature research work done with the use of Landsat data. The Landsat-related papers and posters run the gamut of disciplines from cryosphere to biogeoscience to hydrology to global [...]

aerial photo of study area
Dec 10, 2014Mapping Permafrost in the Alaskan Yukon River Basin

Dec 10, 2014 • [By Kari Beckendorf with contributions from Bruce Wylie and Neal Pastick, Land Processes DAAC] The distribution of permafrost is generally poorly mapped at regional scales. This presents a problem for resource managers and [...]

Landsat data stack
Dec 9, 2014Unleashing Climate Data and Innovation for more Resilient Ecosystems

[Source: John P. Holdren, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy] Ecosystems provide vast services and benefits to humankind: food and water that is needed for survival; nutrients and other natural products that fuel farms and [...]

Landsat scenes used by LANDFIRE
Dec 2, 201444,000 Landsat Scenes and Counting

[Source: LANDFIRE] LANDFIRE National used approximately 5,340 Landsat scenes to map CONUS, Alaska and Hawaii. Landfire continues to rely on Landsat imagery for updates. There were 13,185 scenes processed from 1984-2009 to capture landscape [...]

International Charter’s Landsat Image Ingests for Nov. 2014
Nov 30, 2014International Charter’s Landsat Image Ingests for Nov. 2014

The International Charter is a system that supplies free satellite imagery to emergency responders anywhere in the world. The Charter concept is this: a single phone number is made available to authorized parties providing 24/7 contact to a [...]

Nov. 2014 PE&RS cover
Nov 28, 2014PE&RS Landsat Legacy Interview

The November issue of PE&RS featured a two-and-a-half page interview with the Landsat Legacy team in its Professional Insight section. Further Information: + Landsat Legacy Project Interview Read more [...]

cranberry bogs
Nov 27, 2014Looking at Cranberry Bogs with Landsat

Whether it's cranberry relish, cranberry fluff, cranberry sauce, cranberry salad, or cranberry salsa you'll be enjoying today, it's fun to see where cranberries grow. A series of commercial cranberry beds can be seen on this Oct. 6, 1999 Landsat [...]

William T. Pecora
Nov 18, 20142014 William T. Pecora Award Winners

This afternoon at the Pecora 19 conference in Denver, Colorado, the U.S. Geological Survey and NASA presented a group Pecora Award to The Landsat 8 Team. This group award recognizes a team that has made major breakthroughs in remote sensing Read [...]

Remembering Don Gray
Nov 16, 2014Remembering Don Gray

[Source: Geoscience Australia] Don Gray, the founder of the Australian Landsat Station, passed away on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. It was through his vision and leadership that the Australian Government invested in the Australian Landsat Station [...]

Irons talking to Calandrelli.
Nov 15, 2014The Granddaddy of Them All

Xploration Outer Space aired an episode on satellites today. The premise of this episode was: "Thousands of satellites orbit the Earth everyday, helping us in ways that we may not even be aware of. But how are they made? Where do they live in [...]

Kamchatka volcanoes
Nov 14, 2014Kamchatka: The Erupting Peninsula

[by Adam Voiland, NASA Earth Observatory] Explorer Stepan Krasheninnikov first pointed it out in 1755: “Perhaps there is no other region in the world where so many volcanoes and hot springs are to be found in so small a space as here on [...]

Tesso Nilo National Park
Nov 11, 2014Tesso Nilo National Park

[Source: NASA Science Visualization Studio] Established in 2004, Tesso Nilo National Park in Sumatra encompasses an area of rich plant diversity and provides habitat for Sumatran elephants and tigers. A new series of Landsat images begins in [...]