April 2014


Burn severity map for Wallow Fire
Aug 29, 2013Landsat Revisits Old Flames in Fire Trends

The Wallow Fire burned over 500,000 acres, making it the largest fire in Arizona history, to date. It is one of many large fires that fire managers and researchers have seen scorch forests nationwide since the early 2000s. "We have entered a new [...]

LDCM launch
May 8, 2013Commissioning the Landsat Data Continuity Mission

On the beautifully clear Monday morning of Feb. 11, 2013, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission made its way from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base to low Earth orbit. The more than 1,000 Landsat scientists, engineers, data users, and fans [...]

Landsat Science Team, Feb. 2013
Mar 6, 2013Landsat Science Team Meeting Held

A Landsat Science Team Meeting was held from February 10–14, 2013 at the Santa Ynez Marriott in Buellton, Calif in conjunction with the Feb. 11 launch of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission satellite launch. Science team members received [...]

Feb 8, 2013Pre-Launch Press Conference Held

A prelaunch news conference featuring NASA and USGS scientists was held on Feb. 8 at the Vandenberg AFB in California, where the launch of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission, LDCM, is scheduled for Feb 11. LDCM will extend global land [...]

Jan 7, 2013Science Team Presentations Available

The USGS has released presentations given by the Landsat Science Team members during the last Science Team Meeting in Washington, D.C. (December 12 -13, 2012) which detail their research objectives and plans. Source: USGS Landsat Project + See [...]

Cladophora on shore of N. Manitou Island
Sep 26, 2012Using Landsat to Map Cladophora in the Great Lakes

Cladophora, a nuisance, native green algae that grows attached to solid substrate in all of the Laurentian Great Lakes, has expanded its range partially due to invasive quagga and zebra mussels. During significant storm events it detaches and [...]

HOBI award
Aug 28, 2012Landsat Data Bit by Bit: What Goes into Getting it Right

The great strength of Landsat data is its long record, the ability to look at our planet over the past 40 years and see what changes man and nature have wrought. Some change is visually staggering such as large tracks of deforestation or [...]

Aug 20, 2012Landsat Shows Yellowstone Burn Recovery

A combination of lightning, drought and human activity caused fires to scorch more than one-third of Yellowstone National Park in the summer of 1988. Within a year, burn scars cast a sharp outline on the 793,880 acres affected by fire, [...]