Landsat Science Archive


Landsat Seen as Stunning Return on Public Investment
Jan 15, 2015 Landsat Seen as Stunning Return on Public Investment

[By Jon Campbell, U.S. Geological Survey] Orbiting Earth more than 400 miles away in space, far from human view; recording repeated images of land around the globe for more than 42 years; offering customers petabytes of historical and current [...]

TIRS
Jan 8, 2015 TIRS Data Temporarily Unusable

[For the most current TIRS updates visit the USGS Landsat site] Currently Landsat 8 Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) band data is temporarily unusable due to anomalous current levels associated with its scene select mirror encoder electronics. [...]

Landsat 8 team with award
Jan 7, 2015 Pecora, ISPRS, IAG Joint Symposium Presents Prestigious Awards

[Source: ASPRS] The United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) presented a number of prestigious awards during the Pecora 19 Symposium in conjunction with the Joint [...]

Landsat Images Provided to the International Charter in  Dec. 2014
Dec 31, 2014 Landsat Images Provided to the International Charter in Dec. 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 [...]

cloudless satellite composite image
Dec 23, 2014 Mapbox: Innovating with Landsat

[By Larisa Serbina & Holly Miller, USGS Fort Collins Science Center] Mapbox is a cloud-based map platform startup that creates custom maps with open source tools. The team at Mapbox consists of over fifty cartographers, data analysts and [...]

Aspen Tree Trunks
Dec 22, 2014 SilviaTerra: Landsat Use by a Forestry Start-up

[By Larisa Serbina & Holly Miller, USGS Fort Collins Science Center] SilviaTerra is a four-year-old start-up company with five full-time employees that is contributing to the change in the way forests are managed in the United States. The [...]

geospatial processing
Dec 21, 2014 Virginia Tech Geospatial Studies and Landsat

[Excerpted from Lynn Davis, Virginia Tech] Early iterations of geospatial technologies have been around for more than a century. The first remote sensing was from balloons in the mid-1800s, and aerial photography began in the 1930s. But the [...]

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 [...]

Water released from Morelos Dam
Dec 18, 2014 Landsat Satellite Sees Green-up Along Colorado River’s Delta After Experimental Flow

[By Kate Ramesayer, NASA Goddard] 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 [...]

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 [...]

AGU logo
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 [...]

aerial photo of study area
Dec 10, 2014 Mapping Permafrost in the Alaskan Yukon River Basin

[By Kari Beckendorf with contributions from Bruce Wylie and Neal Pastick, Land Processes DAAC] The distribution of permafrost is generally poorly mapped at regional scales. This presents a problem for resource managers and modelers trying 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 [...]



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