Kelp forest in Santa Barbara Channel.
May 24, 2011Scientists Track Environmental Influences on Giant Kelp with Help from Landsat Data

May 24, 2011 • Scientists at UC Santa Barbara have developed new methods for studying how environmental factors and climate affect giant kelp forest ecosystems at unprecedented spatial and temporal scales. The scientists merged data collected underwater by UCSB divers with satellite images of giant kelp canopies taken by the Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper. The […]

Desert Patterns
May 23, 2011Landsat Earth as Art Exhibit at Library of Congress

Source: Jon Campbell, U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey The most recent USGS Earth as Art exhibit, the third in the series of award-winning Landsat satellite images, will be on display at the Library of Congress beginning May 31. “The striking beauty revealed in these Landsat images, acquired nearly 450 miles above Earth’s […]

May 19, 2011Landsat Offers Stunning Comparison Of Flooding

May 19, 2011 • Extreme rainfall and heavy snowmelt have combined this spring to bring the Mississippi River roaring beyond its banks. While humans on the ground have scrambled to evacuate, build sandbag walls, and have taken dramatic measures not seen in decades—blowing levees and opening the Morganza Spillway—satellites have provided a distinct view of […]

Mississippi River
May 13, 2011Landsat Images Display Extreme Mississippi River Flooding

May 13, 2011 • Recent Landsat satellite data captured by the USGS and NASA on May 10 shows the major flooding of the Mississippi River around Memphis, Tenn. and along the state borders of Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, and Arkansas as seen from 438 miles above the Earth. The flood crest of 47.87 feet on May […]

Outer Banks barrier islands
May 10, 2011World Inventory of Barrier Islands Jumps by One Third

May 10, 2011 • A new Landsat-based survey of worldwide barrier islands has discovered over 650 previously unrecognized islands. Length-wis,e the global stretch of barrier islands is now 37 percent greater than formerly thought. Barrier islands are long narrow strips of sand perched in front, of and parallel to ,the mainland. The islands protect the […]

Frank Padula
May 4, 2011Award-winning Paper Shows Landsat 5 Thermal Band Remarkably Stable

Frank Padula and coauthor John Schott received two prestigious awards at the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At yesterday’s ASPRS Awards Luncheon, Padula’s paper, “Historic Calibration of the Thermal Infrared Band of Landsat-5 TM,” received first place for both the 2011 John I. Davidson President’s Award for Practical […]

May 3, 2011Landsat Satellite Imagery of Earth Accessible to Public on “ChangeMatters” Website

Source: Joan Moody, Department of the Interior Today Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes announced that a new geospatial website, “ChangeMatters,” has made the Department of the Interior’s satellite imagery of the world more easily accessible to the public. Developed by Esri, the site allows users to view the Global Land Survey (GLS) Landsat […]

May 3, 2011Esri and DOI Introduce Landsat Data for the World

Source: Esri Working in close collaboration with the US Department of the Interior (DOI), Esri is pleased to announce the release of Landsat image services. These provide access to almost four decades’ worth of Global Land Survey (GLS) Landsat data developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and DOI’s U.S. Geological Survey. Esri […]

May 3, 2011Landsat Update – Volume 5 Issue 2 2011

The USGS Landsat Update is now available. Articles include: Call for Pecora 2011 Award Nominations Landsat 4 Thermal Band Calibration Update LandsatLook Images Global Land Survey 2010 Available Meetings – Landsat Science Team Meeting Held Upcoming Meetings Tips and Tricks – Landsat Download Video Demonstration EROS Authors in Recent Publications Landsat Image of Interest – Fires in […]