Landsat Science Archive

Landsat 2 WBVTR
Oct 11, 2016Imaging the Past

Today, we are getting richer and more plentiful information about Earth’s land surface than ever before. But amid all of this modern Earth observing splendor, one truism remains: No sensor can image the past.

Landsat 8 Enhancements Detailed in Journal Special Issue
Oct 6, 2016Landsat 8 Enhancements Detailed in Journal Special Issue

A special issue of the journal Remote Sensing of Environment details the improved capabilities and mission role of Landsat 8.

Rhode Island gypsy moth damage
Oct 5, 2016New Satellite View of Gypsy Moth Damage in New England

Valerie Pasquarella, a postdoctoral fellow with the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Northeast Climate Science Center, recently released a series of new maps showing the magnitude and extent of damage from the current gypsy moth outbreak in […]

3 Landsat Images Provided to the Disaster Charter, Sept. 2016
Sep 30, 20163 Landsat Images Provided to the Disaster Charter, Sept. 2016

This month, three Landsat scenes were ingested by the USGS Hazard Data Distribution System to provide data for Charter activations.

climate change data as art
Sep 30, 2016Landsat, Art, and a Glacier’s Perspective

Glaciologist and prolific AGU blogger, Mauri Pelto, regularly publishes posts about changing glaciers around the globe on his “From a Glacier’s Perspective” blog. In many cases, Landsat data informs his posts.

Joe Morrison
Sep 26, 2016#Landsaturated

Government agencies, research universities, independent hackers, coding bootcamp grads, do-good dev shops, swarms of startups, and multi-billion dollar defense contractors are all furiously building Landsat Viewers.

Curtis Woodcock
Sep 21, 2016USGS-NASA Pecora Award Recognizes Excellence in Earth Observation

A longtime innovator in space-based Earth observation at Boston University and a team that has paved the way for the next generation of satellite precipitation observations have both been honored with the 2016 William T. Pecora Award for […]

Stewart Udall
Sep 21, 2016A Vision to Observe Earth

Fifty years ago, on September 21, 1966, Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall announced his vision to create “a program aimed at gathering facts about the natural resources of the earth from earth-orbiting satellites.”

global surface water map
Sep 1, 2016Tracking Surface Water Changes Over the Past 30 Years

The world has gained 115,000 km2 of water and 173,000 km2 of land over the past 30 years.

Landsat 9
Aug 29, 2016Landsat 9 Passes Mission Milestone

Landsat 9 passed one of its important reviews: “Key Decision Point B (KDP-B)” on August 17.

WOfS map of Australia
Aug 26, 2016Why Science Team Member Leo Lymburner Uses Landsat

Australia turned to Landsat. At Geoscience Australia, Landsat 8 Science Team member Leo Lymburner works with the flood mapping team headed by Norman Mueller that conceived of the Water Observations from Space project, or WOfS.

James Bridle
Aug 25, 2016James Bridle’s Landsat-Based Art Featured at MoMA

James Bridle, a British artist and writer based in Athens, Greece, has created two art pieces that revolve around Landsat data.

fisheye view of field team
Aug 24, 2016Linking Field and Space-Based Observations

A key component of the research is our ability to connect what we see on the ground with what we see from the sky via satellite imagery.

Lachlan Hurst
Aug 23, 2016ObservedEarth: A Talk with its Creator

Thanks to a software developer in Australia you can now easily browse through Landsat 8 images on your smartphone.

Landsat science team
Aug 19, 2016Presentations from 2016 Summer Science Team Meeting

USGS has made all Science Team presentations from the Summer 2016 meeting held in Brookings, South Dakota available for download.

Spartina grass on Sapelo Island
Aug 15, 2016Landsat Reveals Serious Decline in Georgia Salt Marsh Health

Scientists at the University of Georgia’s Marine Institute at Sapelo Island have found that the amount of vegetation along the Georgia coast has declined significantly in the last 30 years, spurring concerns about the overall health of marshland […]

Landsat Image Provided to International Charter, July 2016
Jul 31, 2016Landsat Image Provided to International Charter, July 2016

This month, one Landsat scene was ingested by the USGS Hazard Data Distribution System to provide data for Charter activations.

Jhabvala and La
Jul 28, 2016Following the Trail of TIRS Technology onto a CapSat

An advanced photodetector camera that traces its heritage to one now flying on Landsat 8 is being studied as a potential payload on a conceptual satellite (CapSat) system purposely designed to take advantage of the expected boom in […]

trees killed by pine beetles
Jul 19, 2016Landsat—The Watchman that Never Sleeps

In western North America, mountain pine beetles infest and ravage thousands of acres of forest lands. Landsat satellites bear witness to the onslaught in a way that neither humans nor most other satellites can.

Jul 19, 2016Land Cover Matters: An Avian Flu Researcher Talks Landsat

We recently spoke with veterinary epidemiologist Todd Kelman from the University of Davis, California about his avian flu research. Todd has incorporated Landsat data into his research and we wanted to know more.

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