September 2014


Landsat coverage density
Sep 3, 2014A Call for Open Access Earth Observations

Sep 3, 2014 • This month in Nature, an emphatic plea to make more Earth satellite imagery free was made by Michael Wulder, a senior research scientist with the Canadian Forest Service and Landsat Science Team member; along with Nicholas [...]

Ivanpah Valley
Aug 28, 2014Sun Seekers Unite in Ivanpah Playa

On public land in the Ivanpah Valley near the California/Nevada border, the world's largest concentrated solar thermal plant sprawls across the desert landscape. Just on the other side of Interstate 15 (the long straight diagonal line) is the [...]

Taking Landsat 8 to the Beach
Aug 22, 2014Taking Landsat 8 to the Beach

[By Kate Ramsayer, with Michael Carlowicz] Some things go perfectly with a summer trip to the coast: sunscreen, mystery novels, cold beverages, and sand castles. Other things—like algae blooms or polluted runoff—are a lot less appealing. Read [...]

WELD 2010 global collection
Jul 18, 2014Web-Enabled Landsat Data (aka WELD) Going Global

The Web-Enabled Landsat Data (WELD) project has released prototype global data sets for climate year 2010. The data sets are available as both monthly and annual 30m products generated from Landsat 5 and 7 data. The data sets are available at: [...]

Rebecca Moore
Jul 2, 2014Maps for Good: Saving Trees and Saving Lives with Petapixel-Scale Computing

Google has leveraged the massive amount of data collected about our planet from space over the last four-plus decades—Landsat being one of the key data sets. In this video, Google Earth Engine founder Rebecca Moore shares how Google Earth began [...]

Landsat 8 Daily Imaging Rate to Increase
May 21, 2014Landsat 8 Daily Imaging Rate to Increase

[Source: USGS Landsat] During the 2014 Northern Hemisphere growing season the daily imaging rate will be gradually increased to optimize Landsat 8’s science data collection. An average of 550 images per day have been collected since operations [...]

CLASlite team
Mar 7, 2014Carnegie Landsat Analysis System-lite (CLASlite) Classroom Launches in Spanish

[Source: Moore Foundation] On March 4, 2014, the CLASlite team at the Carnegie Institution for Science (Department of Global Ecology) launched the Spanish version of the Carnegie Landsat Analysis System-lite (or CLASlite) Classroom, hosted by [...]

Lunar image from OLI March
Feb 28, 2014Landsat 8 Images Earth’s Biggest Satellite—Check it Out

Landsat 8 was built to do something none of its predecessors had done before: look at the Moon. You may ask why an Earth-observing mission would want to image Earth’s natural orbiting celestial body. Well, it all goes back to getting good data [...]

Landsat 8: Good Things, Getting Better
Feb 18, 2014Landsat 8: Good Things, Getting Better

[By: Rebecca Johnson, Jim Lacasse, Gene Fosnight, and Ron Morfitt, USGS EROS] It’s hard to believe a year has passed since the launch of Landsat 8. This first anniversary is going to be an exciting, upbeat celebration because the new satellite [...]

L7 velocity graphic
Feb 12, 2014Recent Landsat 7 Maneuvers Affect WRS Footprints

[Source: USGS Landsat] On January 9, 2014, the USGS executed a delta-velocity (Delta-V) maneuver to pre-position Landsat 7 for a larger delta-inclination (Delta-I) maneuver used to maintain the satellite's mean local crossing time. NOAA’s space [...]

Landsat SR CDR products
Feb 6, 2014Landsat Surface Reflectance Fact Sheet Available from USGS

[Source: USGS] Landsat Surface Reflectance Climate Data Records (CDRs) are high level Landsat data products that support land surface change studies. Climate Data Records, as defined by the National Research Council, are a time series of [...]

Landsat 7 Acquisitions to be Interrupted
Feb 3, 2014Landsat 7 Acquisitions to be Interrupted

[Source: USGS Landsat] No Landsat 7 data will be acquired beginning at 8:30 a.m. CT on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, until about 2:15 p.m CT on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 due to a Delta-I (Inclination) maneuver. Read more [...]

Landsat 8 Reprocessing Begins
Feb 3, 2014Landsat 8 Reprocessing Begins

[Source: USGS Landsat] The entire Landsat 8 archive will be cleared from the online cache and reprocessed to take advantage of calibration improvements identified during its first year of operation starting on Feb. 3, 2014. All Landsat 8 scenes [...]

Earth data
Jan 22, 2014Unleashing the Power of Open Data Unanimously Endorsed for Another 10 Years

[Source: GEO] In Geneva on January 17, 2014, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) received unanimous endorsement to unleash the power of open data for a second decade. There was agreement to continue building on the organization’s first 10 [...]

Barb Ryan
Jan 21, 2014Unleashing the Power of Earth Observations

In December 2013, the Secretariat Director of the Group on Earth Observations gave a TEDx talk in Barcelona, Spain making the case that all Earth-oberservation data collected from governments and institutions should be open and available to [...]

New Ground Control Points for Select Landsat 8 Scenes
Jan 17, 2014New Ground Control Points for Select Landsat 8 Scenes

[Source: USGS Landsat] New Ground Control Points (GCPs) will become available for three WRS-2 path/rows and GCPs contained within large water bodies will be removed on February 3, 2014 to coincide with the Landsat 8 archive reprocessing. As a [...]

No Landsat Processing Jan. 17–21, 2014
Jan 14, 2014No Landsat Processing Jan. 17–21, 2014

[Source: USGS Landsat] Landsat data processing will be stopped beginning at 3 p.m. CT on January 17, 2014, until 12 p.m. CT January 21, 2014 for server upgrades. Any on-demand orders placed will be held and the data will be processed when the [...]

MapBox graphic
Jan 9, 2014MapBox ESIP Presentation Includes Landsat

Today, Chris Herwig from MapBox presented at the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) about MapBox's endeavor to use both MODIS and Landsat data to create a cloud-free world atlas. Herwig's presentation, titled, "Clear Skies: [...]

Landsat 8 Reprocessing Details
Jan 7, 2014Landsat 8 Reprocessing Details

Beginning February 3, 2014, all Landsat 8 data held in the USGS archives will be reprocessed. All Landsat 8 scenes will be removed from the online cache at this time and the data will then be reprocessed starting with the most recent [...]

Report Cover
Dec 3, 2013Landsat Users Confirm Its Unique Value

[Source: Jon Campbell & Holly Miller, USGS] Since 1972, the Landsat program has allowed scientists and analysts to observe the world beyond the power of human sight, monitor changes to the land, and detect critical trends in the conditions of [...]

North American forest changes 2000–2012
Nov 15, 2013When Trees Fall, Landsat Maps Them

The ravages of deforestation, wildfires, windstorms and insects on global forests during this century are revealed in unprecedented detail in a new study based on Landsat data. The maps resulting from the study are the first to document forest [...]

Landsat 8 Reprocessing Rescheduled (Revised)
Nov 14, 2013Landsat 8 Reprocessing Rescheduled (Revised)

[Source: USGS Landsat] The majority of the radiometric calibration changes indicated in the October 25, 2013 calibration notice have been deferred to early-2014, to coincide with a software update for the Landsat Product Generation System [...]

Springtime temp, 2090
Nov 13, 2013NASA Brings Earth Science ‘Big Data’ to the Cloud with Amazon Web Services

[Reported by Steve Cole and Ruth Marlaire, NASA] NASA and Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) of Seattle, Wash., are making a large collection of NASA climate and Earth science satellite data available to research and educational users through the [...]

Upcoming Change in Landsat 8 Radiometric Calibration
Oct 25, 2013Upcoming Change in Landsat 8 Radiometric Calibration

In the near future, calibration changes will be made that will affect the Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) Band 10 and all of the Operational Land Imager (OLI) bands onboard Landsat 8. The calibration for TIRS Band 10 will be lowered by a constant [...]

Landsat 8 image of Mount Jefferson
Oct 23, 2013How To Make a True-Color Landsat 8 Image

Robert Simmon from NASA's Earth Observatory has provided a detailed tutorial on creating true-color images using Landsat 8 data on his Elegant Figures blog. (Thanks Rob!) + How To Make a True-Color Landsat 8 Image Note: NASA and USGS do not Read [...]

Landsat Update: Upcoming Landsat 8 Reprocessing
Oct 21, 2013Landsat Update: Upcoming Landsat 8 Reprocessing

Within the next several weeks, all Landsat 8 data that have been acquired since achieving WRS-2 operational orbit will be reprocessed using updated calibration parameters for OLI and TIRS data. During this time, all online products will be [...]

Landsat Data Processing Resumes
Oct 17, 2013Landsat Data Processing Resumes

Processing has resumed for Landsat 8 and Landsat 7 data acquired from October 1, 2013 to October 17, 2013. Scenes will become available for download from EarthExplorer and GloVis as processing is completed. Source: USGS Landsat Program Read more [...]

Landsat 7 Thermal Band Calibration Update
Sep 27, 2013Landsat 7 Thermal Band Calibration Update

Effective October 1, 2013, the calibration of the Landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) Band 6 will be updated to correct a bias error that has been present in all thermal data since the last calibration update in 2010. Vicarious [...]

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Sep 27, 2013Landsat 8 CPF Update Following Safehold

On September 19, 2013 (DOY 262) at approximately 20:08 UTC, Landsat 8 experienced an unplanned transition to safe hold following an attitude control anomaly. Precision attitude control was recovered and imaging operations resumed on day of year [...]

ESA
Sep 5, 2013ESA Makes Never-Before-Seen Landsat Data Available

Thousands of never-before-seen data products from the U.S. Landsat satellites acquired over 30 years have been released for online access. In addition, the newest data over Europe from the latest satellite in the series, Landsat 8, are now [...]

Safflower
Sep 4, 2013Landsat Impedes Crop Insurance Fraud

With unbiased Landsat imagery as evidence, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit affirmed an earlier jury-conviction of a northern California farmer found guilty on 16 counts of filing false federal crop insurance claims—scheming the [...]

13 Million Downloads and Counting
Aug 26, 201313 Million Downloads and Counting

@USGSLandsat reported today that Landsat image downloads by data users have reached 13 million. The last million downloads occurred over a period of just nine weeks. Read more [...]

Leonard Lopate
Aug 8, 2013Environmental Monitoring with Public Domain Satellites

WNYC's Leonard Lopate talks with SkyTruth president, John Amos, about using public domain satellite imagery, such as Landsat, to monitor the environment. SkyTruth uses all types of satellite imagery to monitor environmental changes and [...]

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Aug 8, 2013NRC Report “Landsat and Beyond” Available

A prepublication version of the National Research Council's "Landsat and Beyond: Sustaining and Enhancing the Nation's Land Imaging Program" report is now available from the National Academies Press. Their report description: In 1972 NASA [...]

ESA video
Jul 31, 2013Free Sentinel Earth Observation Data on the Horizon

Space News has reported that the European Commission has okayed free access to Sentinel data. This follows a recent European Space Agency-commissioned study that concluded that data from the Sentinel satellites should be public sector [...]

Landsat 8
Jul 30, 2013Data User Advisory

UPDATE: ENVI HotFix now available. Visit www.exelisvis.com for download instructions. + ENVI 5 SP3 Hotfix for Landsat 8 Note: NASA and USGS do not endorse the use of any particular image processing software. July 24, 2013 • This is a Read more [...]

Jul 16, 2013USGS Makes Landsat 8 QA Data Tool Available

The USGS now offers a tool that accurately translates and interprets Landsat 8 OLI Quality Assessment (QA) bits, within the Landsat LDOPE Toolbelt. Based on functionality developed by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) [...]

Jul 8, 2013Old Data Being Made Newly Available by USGS

As part of the Landsat Global Archive Consolidation effort, the first international Multi-Spectral Scanner (MSS) data from Canada has been added to the archive! MSS data, captured by the first Landsat missions, are often the most difficult to [...]

Jul 1, 2013All Early Landsat 8 Data Available From USGS

Source: USGS Landsat July 1, 2013 • Nearly 10,000 Landsat 8 scenes collected by the OLI and/or TIRS sensors, including the Landsat 7 underfly images before the satellite achieved operational orbit, are available to download [...]

May 17, 2013Surface Reflectance is Now Available

Source: USGS Landsat May 17, 2013 •Surface reflectance is now available as a Landsat climate data record (CDR) product through EarthExplorer. These products are generated on-demand from Landsat 5 TM and Landsat 7 ETM+ data and are also available [...]

May 9, 2013Landsat Images Provide the Gold Standard for New Earth Applications

Images from Landsat satellites provided free to the public by the Department of the Interior's U.S. Geological Survey were the starting points for “a new breakthrough” reported today by Time and announced on the Official Google Blog. Using its [...]

LDCM image of Crater Lake region
May 1, 2013Landsat Data Continuity Mission on WRS-2: Sample Data Available

Source: USGS Landsat May 1, 2013 • Since launch, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) has been gradually making its way to operational orbit (called WRS-2) at 705 km (438 miles) above the surface of Earth. Check out this beautifulsample [...]

May 1, 2013Landsat 5 MSS 2012-2013 Data Available

Source: USGS Landsat May 1, 2013 • The workhorse of the Landsat 5 mission was the Thematic Mapper (TM) instrument. In November of 2011, the TM failed, and the MultiSpectral Scanner (MSS) instrument was brought back online a few months later. The [...]

Apr 8, 2013New LDCM/Landsat 8 Image Examples Available from USGS

Source: USGS Landsat Project Apr. 8, 2013 • Greenbelt, Vandenberg, Gilbert and Sioux Falls: these four areas played important roles in the creation and implementation of the LDCM. Take a look at images of these areas, created using recently [...]