Landsat News

ridge-top bristlecone pine forest
Oct 5, 2015A forest by any other name?
Semantics, carbon implications, and solutions

Using the world’s first global, Landsat-based 30-meter resolution map of tree cover, researchers found that ambiguity of the term “forest” has the potential to create 13 percent discrepancies in forest area maps. While ecologists have long […]

Over 150 Landsat Images Provided to the International Charter in September 2015
Sep 30, 2015Over 150 Landsat Images Provided to the International Charter in September 2015

This month, 166 Landsat scenes were ingested by the USGS Hazard Data Distribution System to provide data for Charter activations.

Gombe ecosystem
Sep 29, 2015Landsat Images Advance Watershed Restoration in Western Tanzania

For those who live along its shores, Lake Tanganyika in east Africa is the backbone of local transportation and serves as an essential source of household water and protein. Every night, fishers lure nocturnal, sardine-like fish called dagaa […]

Lake Fire
Sep 28, 2015Landsat Enables Seasonal Fuel Dynamic Estimations for Southwest U.S.

By incorporating seasonal variability of herbaceous cover and biomass in the Southwest U.S., fine fuel loading can be measured. The measurements are then used to capture changes to fire behavior fuel models based on the current fire season.

fire approaching King River
Sep 28, 2015LANDFIRE Innovation for Landsat Image Compositing

The LANDFIRE program produces annual fire disturbance maps for the conterminous U.S. Recently, the program developed an image tiling and compositing process to aid in vegetation change mapping.

visitors look at Landsat image cubes
Sep 28, 2015Landsat at Explore@Goddard

On Saturday, September 26, over 20,000 people attended an all-day public open house at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Sep 24, 2015Landsat Helps Feed the Birds

The BirdReturns program, created by The Nature Conservancy of California, is an effort to provide “pop-up habitats” for some of the millions of shorebirds, such as sandpipers and plovers, that migrate each year from their summer breeding grounds […]

Typical American suburban community with model homes.
Sep 15, 2015USGS Maps Anthropogenic Land Use Trends with Landsat, 1974–2012

More and more we hear the term “anthropocene” used to describe the current epoch of our planet when humankind has had a profound impact on Earth. This month, the U.S. Geological Survey has released a Landsat-based report and dataset on […]

water hyacinth in bloom
Sep 2, 2015A Beautiful Menace: Tracking Water Hyacinth with Landsat

Delivering maps and tabular summaries of live water hyacinth coverage in waterways of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta from the latest cloud-free Landsat satellite imagery.

New Global Data Finds Tropical Forests Declining in Overlooked Hotspots
Sep 2, 2015New Global Data Finds Tropical Forests Declining in Overlooked Hotspots

The world lost more than 18 million hectares (45 million acres) of tree cover in 2014, an area twice the size of Portugal, according to new data from the University of Maryland (UMD) and Google released by Global Forest Watch. The data find that […]

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