Videos

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From the River to the Sea
Dec 18, 2014 From 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 [...]

Kamchatka volcanoes
Nov 14, 2014 Kamchatka: 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 [...]

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

[Source: NASA Science Visualization Studio] On July 23rd, 1972, 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 [...]

Moon above Earth
Jul 11, 2014 Landsat Looks to the Moon

[Source NASA / YouTube] Every full moon, Landsat 8 turns its back on Earth. As the satellite’s orbit takes it to the nighttime side of the planet, Landsat 8 pivots to point at the moon. It scans the distant lunar surface multiple times, [...]

Rebecca Moore
Jul 2, 2014 Maps 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 [...]

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

Landsat's 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




Podcasts


Leonard Lopate
Aug 8, 2013 Environmental 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 [...]

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 [...]