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Fremont Lake Basin
Mar 23, 2015 Historical Satellite Images Reveal Snow is Melting Earlier in Wyoming

A NASA study of a basin in northwestern Wyoming revealed that the snowmelt season in the area is now ending on average about sixteen days earlier than it did from the 1970s through the 1990s.

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

3, the Landsat 8 satellite rocketed into space to extend a four-decade legacy of Earth observations. A few months after launch, we published a composite of images that spanned 9,000 kilometers of land from Russia to South Africa. In celebration [...]

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

leased 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 experimental flow [...]

Kamchatka volcanoes
Nov 14, 2014 Kamchatka: The Erupting Peninsula

sheninnikov 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 Kamchatka.” There may not be another land mass on Earth where so many [...]

2011 Miss. River flood
Jul 22, 2014 Landsat’s Global Perspective

the first Landsat spacecraft launched into orbit. At the time, it was called “Earth Resources Technology Satellite,” or ERTS, and was the first satellite to use a scanning spectrophotometer. Previous satellites relied on film cameras (ejecting [...]

Jun 16, 2014 • Flood Maps and Landsat

FEMA uses Landsat to know when to update their flood risk maps.

Feb 26, 2014 • Landsat 8's First Year

Landsat 8 celebrates its first year in orbit.

Feb 26, 2014 • The Coldest Place

The Coldest Place on Earth is in Antarctica

Sep 18, 2013 • Landsat's Onion-skin bands

Landsats sensors record several wavelengths, which can be used individually or in combination.

May 30, 2013 • Wildfire and Pine Beetles

Investigating the link between insects and forest fires.

May 30, 2013 • Irrigating Saudi Arabia

Mining water for food in the dessert

May 30, 2013 • The Changing Chesapeake Bay

Landsat monitors water quality in the Chesapeake Bay

May 30, 2013 • Landsat 8 Launch

February 2013 launch of the 8th Landsat satellite


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

te 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 disasters; Landsat is [...]

Chesapeake Bay region
Jun 19, 2012 EarthSky Interview with Peter Claggett: Seeing Chesapeake Bay Changes with Landsat

Satellite images show big changes happening to Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the U.S., where freshwater meets the sea. Peter Claggett is a research geographer with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Eastern Geographic Science Center. [...]

Old growth Oregon coastal forest
Feb 8, 2012 EarthSky Interview with Alan Belward: Tracking Changes to Earth’s Forests from Space

Satellite researcher Alan Belward works for the Institute for Environment and Sustainability, part of the European Commission’s Joint Research Center in Ispra, Italy. Dr. Belward heads the Land Resource Management Unit, which looks at [...]

Dakota Midday Learns about Landsat
Aug 31, 2011 Dakota Midday Learns about Landsat

On the last day of the Science Team Meeting, NASA and USGS Landsat Project Scientists Jeff Masek and Tom Loveland along with Science Team leader Curtis Woodcock talked live with South Dakota Public Radio’s Dakota Midday about the Landsat [...]

Landsat-derived deforestation trends
Dec 6, 2010 A Carbon Agreement That Would Rely on Landsat Data

At the UN climate talks in Cancun, a satellite-based protocol to track deforestation is being met with some optimism. In this new initiative to incentivize forest conservation in developing countries, Landsat data would be used to verify [...]