Landsat Science Updates


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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]



Landsat News


Sep 29, 2014 • NASA Ocean Data Shows ‘Climate Dance’ of Plankton

Satellite data shows how climate and ecosystem processes affect the growth cycles of tiny aquatic plants, important players in Earth’s carbon cycle.

Jul 2, 2014 • Taking NASA-USGS’s Landsat 8 to the Beach

Landsat 8 is helping researchers spot algae from space, gathering information that could direct beach-goers away from contaminated bays and shores.

Apr 21, 2014 • Environmental Watch with Landsat satellites

Landsat satellites have monitored Earth’s environment for more than four decades, providing detailed imagery of our planet

Mar 20, 2014 • Tracking Urban Change and Flood Risk with Landsat

Landsat can help communities across the United States stay up-to-date on their flood risk.

Feb 26, 2014 • Landsat 8 Eyes Japan, GPM Launch Site

This Landsat 8 satellite image of some southern Japanese islands includes Tanegashima (far right), from where the Global Precipitation Measurement, or GPM, mission's Core Observatory is scheduled to blast into orbit aboard a Japanese H-IIA rocket. This image was taken on April 13, 2013. The GPM satellite is scheduled for launch during a window that opens at 3:07 a.m. in [...]



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