Landsat Science Archive


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 [...]

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 [...]

boat in the Sundarbans
Oct 29, 2014 Mapping South Asia’s Mangroves

Along the sea’s edge in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, the dense coastal population lives largely in symbiosis with the region’s mangrove forests. Mangroves—a vast network of intertidal trees and shrubs with their characteristic [...]

fall foliage from Landsat 8
Oct 27, 2014 Fantastic Fall Foliage

In this natural color Landsat 8 image of New York’s Finger Lake region acquired on Oct. 24, 2014, fall foliage colors of orange, rust, and sage can be seen surrounding the vivid blue lakes, bringing to mind a line from L.M. [...]

One-millionth MSS image
Oct 23, 2014 Looking Back—The Millionth MSS Image

From the archives: “This Landsat (MSS) image, acquired by Landsat 2 on May 27, 1981 (WRS-1 Path 186 Row 26), marks the one-millionth MSS image acquired by the Landsat satellites. The image covers a 115×115-mile (185×185-km) area [...]

UNC paleontologists in the field
Oct 22, 2014 Dinosaur GPS

[by Frank Graff, UNC-TV] Dr. Robert Anemone is the head of the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. But he works out of a pretty standard office. The administrative assistant greets you in the outer [...]

algae collection photo
Oct 21, 2014 Bringing Climate Change Tools to Lower Mekong Region

[By Janet Anderson, Marshall Space Flight Center] NASA and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a five-year project that will promote the use of satellite imagery to help Asia’s Lower Mekong region better predict and [...]

saturation event
Oct 14, 2014 Keeping Cal

The Landsat calibration team published a number of papers in the SPIE Conference Volume 9218: Earth Observing Systems XIX. Our calibration team (or cal team) is a group of scientists and engineers who work together to ensure the scientific [...]

L8 pixel size comparison
Oct 8, 2014 Know your Landsat: Understanding and Accessing Landsat Data

Interested in Landsat data discovery and access? Landsat satellites have been observing Earth’s land surfaces consistently for over 40 years, providing the longest continuous space-based record of Earth’s land in existence. All Landsat [...]

Ceccato in Tanzania
Oct 1, 2014 Field Notes: Climate, Health and the Maasai

[by: Pietro Ceccato, International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University’s Earth Institute] Earlier this year, I attended a workshop in Arusha, Tanzania to train research scientists from South Africa, Ivory Coast, [...]

Phytoplankton bloom of the coast of Alaska
Sep 29, 2014 ‘Climate Dance’ of Plankton

[By Kasha Patel, NASA Goddard] The greens and blues of the ocean color from NASA satellite data have provided new insights into how climate and ecosystem processes affect the growth cycles of phytoplankton—microscopic aquatic plants important [...]

abandoned farm in Montana
Sep 26, 2014 Modeling a Changing American Landscape

[By Jon Campbell, USGS] Land change is a signature activity of human civilization. Since the dawn of history, people have purposefully converted natural landscapes to human-dominated areas. Typical motivations for land change are cultivation [...]

20 Million and Counting
Sep 19, 2014 20 Million and Counting

The USGS Landsat project reported on twitter today that Landsat data downloads have hit the 20 million marker this week: via @USGSLandsat “Free and open data: #Landsat reached 20 MILLION product downloads this week!! @USGSLandsat [...]

Mirror set-up
Sep 4, 2014 A Big Eye in the Mojave Desert

In 1980, artist Tom Van Sant created the world’s largest manmade image with the help of Landsat 3. Van Sant ‘s creation, commissioned by the Los Angeles Bicentennial Commission, used a series of precisely placed mirrors in the Mojave Desert [...]



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