Landsat Science Archive


Uinta Mountains
Dec 19, 2014 U.S. Forest Service Uses Landsat to Improve Estimates of Forest Disturbance

Each year the U.S. Forest Service takes a census of trees, chronicling the nation’s forest heath and timber resources. Forest managers use this information to project what U.S. forests will be like in coming decades and, if needed, to adjust [...]

Call for Papers: A Special Issue of Remote Sensing of Environment on Landsat 8 Science Results
Dec 18, 2014 Call for Papers: A Special Issue of Remote Sensing of Environment on Landsat 8 Science Results

With the launch of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) in February 2013, the already unprecedented Landsat global record continues and could reach 50 years or longer in length. LDCM, renamed, Landsat 8 when the mission was declared [...]

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 [...]

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Dec 15, 2014 Landsat at the Fall 2014 AGU Meeting

At this year’s AGU Fall meeting over 300 presentations will feature research work done with the use of Landsat data. The Landsat-related papers and posters run the gamut of disciplines from cryosphere to biogeoscience to hydrology to [...]

Landsat data stack
Dec 9, 2014 Unleashing Climate Data and Innovation for more Resilient Ecosystems

[Source: John P. Holdren, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy] Ecosystems provide vast services and benefits to humankind: food and water that is needed for survival; nutrients and other natural products that fuel farms and [...]

Landsat scenes used by LANDFIRE
Dec 2, 2014 44,000 Landsat Scenes and Counting

[Source: LANDFIRE] LANDFIRE National used approximately 5,340 Landsat scenes to map CONUS, Alaska and Hawaii. Landfire continues to rely on Landsat imagery for updates. There were 13,185 scenes processed from 1984-2009 to capture landscape [...]

International Charter’s Landsat Image Ingests for Nov. 2014
Nov 30, 2014 International Charter’s Landsat Image Ingests for Nov. 2014

The International Charter is a system that supplies free satellite imagery to emergency responders anywhere in the world. The Charter concept is this: a single phone number is made available to authorized parties providing 24/7 contact to a [...]

Nov. 2014 PE&RS cover
Nov 28, 2014 PE&RS Landsat Legacy Interview

Nov 28, 2014 • The November issue of PE&RS featured a two-and-a-half page interview with the Landsat Legacy team in its Professional Insight section. Further Information: + Landsat Legacy Project Interview

cranberry bogs
Nov 27, 2014 Looking at Cranberry Bogs with Landsat

Whether it’s cranberry relish, cranberry fluff, cranberry sauce, cranberry salad, or cranberry salsa you’ll be enjoying today, it’s fun to see where cranberries grow. A series of commercial cranberry beds can be seen on this [...]

William T. Pecora
Nov 18, 2014 2014 William T. Pecora Award Winners

This afternoon at the Pecora 19 conference in Denver, Colorado, the U.S. Geological Survey and NASA presented a group Pecora Award to The Landsat 8 Team. This group award recognizes a team that has made major breakthroughs in remote sensing [...]

Remembering Don Gray
Nov 16, 2014 Remembering Don Gray

[Source: Geoscience Australia] Don Gray, the founder of the Australian Landsat Station, passed away on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. It was through his vision and leadership that the Australian Government invested in the Australian Landsat Station [...]

Irons talking to Calandrelli.
Nov 15, 2014 The Granddaddy of Them All

Xploration Outer Space aired an episode on satellites today. The premise of this episode was: “Thousands of satellites orbit the Earth everyday, helping us in ways that we may not even be aware of. But how are they made? Where do they [...]

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 [...]

Tesso Nilo National Park
Nov 11, 2014 Tesso Nilo National Park

[Source: NASA Science Visualization Studio] Established in 2004, Tesso Nilo National Park in Sumatra encompasses an area of rich plant diversity and provides habitat for Sumatran elephants and tigers. A new series of Landsat images begins in [...]

USDA image of irrigated fields in an arid area
Nov 11, 2014 Where the Water Goes

Landsat Science Team member, Rick Allen, will speak about using Landsat data for water management at the University of Idaho’s GIS day on Nov. 19. Allen’s abstracts states: The Landsat satellite series has proven to be a perfect [...]

CA reservoir losses
Nov 10, 2014 Visualizing the California Drought with Open Data

The U.S. Geological Survey’s Center for Integrated Data Analytics (CIDA) has created an open source visual description of California’s ongoing drought—one of the most severe droughts on record. Landsat data were among some of the [...]

Forum sharable
Nov 7, 2014 Upcoming Forum: Changing Landscapes Observed From Space

This Saturday a NASA Climate Change Forum is being held at Howard Community College in Maryland. The forum will focus on urban, agricultural, and forest changes in the Chesapeake Bay watershed that result from development and climate change. The [...]

A Landsat thermal image with banding
Oct 31, 2014 Landsat Ghostbusters—How the Landsat Calibration Team Caught a Ghost

Shortly after the launch of Landsat 8, the calibration team noticed something strange: bright and dark stripes, or “banding” was showing up across certain images collected by the satellite’s Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS). Prelaunch testing of [...]

Charter logo
Oct 31, 2014 International Charter’s Landsat Image Ingests for Oct. 2014

The International Charter is a system that supplies free satellite imagery to emergency responders anywhere in the world. The Charter concept is this: a single phone number is made available to authorized parties providing 24/7 contact to a [...]

L8 image of Juneau, Alaska
Oct 30, 2014 Over 20 Million Landsat Scenes Downloaded

[Source: USGS Landsat] Since 2008, all Landsat data—archived and newly acquired—have been available for free download. On September 16, 2014, users worldwide downloaded over 14,000 scenes from the servers at the USGS Earth Resources Observation [...]



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