Landsat Science Archive


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 [...]

USGS Landsat Water Report
Jul 1, 2014 Landsat and Water—Case Studies of the Uses and Benefits of Landsat Imagery in Water Resources

[Source: USGS] The Landsat program has been collecting and archiving moderate resolution earth imagery since 1972. The number of Landsat users and uses has increased exponentially since the enactment of a free and open data policy in 2008, which [...]

Eastern U.S.
Jun 26, 2014 Eastern U.S. a Carbon Sink from 2001-2005

The U.S. Geological Survey released a report this week assessing terrestrial and aquatic greenhouse gas fluxes for the Eastern U.S., specifically focusing on carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. An area of 3.05 million square kilometers [...]

SOM projection
Jun 26, 2014 John Parr Snyder’s Space Oblique Mercator Projection

To continually map the Earth’s surface using Landsat data, an entirely new projection had to be created. This new projection was created by John Parr Snyder and is known as the Space Oblique Mercator (SOM) projection. It is considered, “one of [...]

Spectral band importance in societal benefit areas
Jun 19, 2014 National Land Imaging Requirements Pilot Project: Summary of Moderate Resolution Imaging User Requirements

[Source: USGS] Under the National Land Imaging Requirements (NLIR) Project, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is developing a functional capability to obtain, characterize, manage, maintain and prioritize all Earth observing (EO) land remote [...]

Carolyn Merry
Jun 4, 2014 Remembering Carolyn Merry

Carolyn Merry, a distinguished figure in the geospatial world who spent a year with the Landsat Project Science Office at Goddard Space Flight Center during the development of the Landsat 7 satellite in the 90’s, passed away yesterday. The [...]

Map of nations with land cover mapping satellites
May 30, 2014 Insights Provided by New Compendium of Land Cover Mapping Satellites

A compendium of civilian satellites with the potential to image global land surfaces has been compiled by Alan Belward and Jon Skøien from the Land Resource Management Unit of the European Commission’s Institute for Environment and [...]

A Landsat 8 Yearbook: Earth Images for Everyone
May 29, 2014 A Landsat 8 Yearbook: Earth Images for Everyone

[Source: Jon Campbell, USGS] Landsat 8 has been on the job for a year now — since May 30, 2013, when NASA transferred ownership and operation of the satellite to the U.S. Geological Survey. About 100 days before that, NASA launched Landsat 8 [...]

aquaculture operation
May 28, 2014 Losing Tidal Flats Around the Yellow Sea

Using Landsat time series data, a group of Australian and British ecologist have found that the Yellow Sea has lost 28% of its tidal flats in the last three decades. The Yellow Sea lies east of mainland China and west of the Korean peninsula, [...]



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