September 2008


glacially formed depressions that hold dynamic wetlands
Sep 30, 2008Landsat, Potholes, and Climate Change

Contributor: Laura E.P. Rocchio What could Landsat, potholes, and climate change have in common? Well—when you use the term “potholes” to refer to the glacially-formed wetland depressions of the Prairie Pothole Region of central North Read more [...]

Green sea turtle.
Aug 31, 2008Landsat Important to Coastal Studies

Contributor: Laura E.P. Rocchio When you think of Landsat, images of the Earth’s land surface rightly come to mind because that is the type of imagery that Landsat was designed to collect. However, also included in that land category are coastal [...]

Archeologist Bill Middleton
May 16, 2008Archaeologist Uses Landsat to Explore Ancient Mexico

Satellite imagery obtained from NASA will help archeologist Bill Middleton peer into the ancient Mexican past. In a novel archeological application, multi- and hyperspectral data will help build the most accurate and most detailed landscape map [...]

Creator Tom Hill with his Landsat 7 (left) and Landsat 5 (right) LEGO models.
Jun 28, 2007A LEGO Landsat

Did you know LEGO sells model kits that enable you to build replicas of the Landsat 5 and Landsat 7 satellites? Well, thanks to Tom Hill of the Landsat project, they do. Serendipitously, after taking a position in Landsat flight operations last [...]

mudtrails from trawlers in the Gulf of Mexico
May 31, 2007Landsat Data Show Trawler “Mudtrails”

Researchers from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment and the University of British Columbia's Fisheries Center are using high- and mid-resolution remote sensing data to better understand the global impact of the fishing [...]

Landsat 7 image of Madagascar
Feb 20, 2007Landsat Data Used in Chevron Discovery

Recently a landform called a chevron was noted on a Landsat 7 image of Madagascar. These chevrons may have been formed by a mega-tsunami produced 4,800 years ago by a meteorite or comet impact with the Indian Ocean. Tsunami-generated chevrons [...]

Microsoft's Virtual Earth - Baltimore, Maryland
Jan 9, 2007Landsat Data Part of MSN® Virtual Earth™

MSN® Virtual Earth™ is a web map server that offers search and mapping capabilities. As described in a July 2005 Microsoft press release, "the service enables users to search, discover, explore, plan and share information and activities relevant [...]

Landsat 7 image mosaics used in Google Earth™, top: NaturalVue™, bottom: TruEarth®.
Apr 26, 2006Landsat Data Base Map for Google Earth™

Google™ once again wowed web users worldwide with its release of Google Earth™ (external link). This product allows users to have a bird's-eye view of almost any place on the planet. Google Earth™ is a free desktop Geographic Information Read [...]

Landsat Island
Apr 19, 2006Landsat Island

Off the northeastern coast of Labrador, in the northern most reaches of the Newfoundland & Labrador province lies Landsat Island, an icy isle inhabited only by polar bears. How did such a place get named after a satellite? In 1976, Landsat [...]