Landsat Science Archive

Map of Columbia and the state of its forests
Nov 29, 2016Boston University Researchers Use Landsat to Discern Patterns of Deforestation Through the Decades

Colombia loses hundreds of km2 of rainforest every year to agriculture and industry.

RI forest 2015
Nov 21, 2016Landsat 8 Shows Forest Cover in Rhode Island with Gypsy Moth Damage

Twin satellite views show gypsy moth destruction in Rhode Island.

possible cal sites
Nov 17, 2016A Discovery That May Make Daily Calibration Possible

A South Dakota State University research team led by imaging engineer Larry Leigh has completed the first worldwide search for new satellite calibration sites through a partnership with Google Earth. The one-year project was made possible […]

slash and burn deforestation
Nov 17, 2016Landsat Eyes Help Guard the World’s Forests

If trees could talk, they would say that Hansen is among their best friends. He is one the world’s foremost forest sentries.

Aaron and Matt
Nov 16, 2016An Innovative Fix for Landsat 8 TIRS Imagery

Rochester Institute of Technology researchers have solved a problem nagging NASA’s Landsat 8 Earth-sensing satellite.

Txomin Hermosilla
Nov 1, 2016Visualizing Canada’s Forest Change, 1985–2011

A joint project of University of British Columbia and the Canadian Forest Service—made possible by free and open access to the Landsat archive—has characterized the changes to Canada’s forest between 1985 and 2012.

74 Landsat Images Provided to the Disaster Charter, Oct. 2016
Oct 31, 201674 Landsat Images Provided to the Disaster Charter, Oct. 2016

The Charter concept is this: a single phone number is made available to authorized parties providing 24/7 contact to a person who can activate the charter.

satellite graphic
Oct 25, 2016NASA Awards Contract for Sustainable Land Imaging Spacecraft

NASA has awarded a delivery order under the Rapid Spacecraft Acquisition III (Rapid III) contract to Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, Virginia, known publicly as Orbital ATK, for the Landsat 9 spacecraft.

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.

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