November 2015


56 Landsat Images Provided to International Charter in November 2015
Nov 30, 201556 Landsat Images Provided to International Charter in November 2015

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. Once activated, a project manager takes charge. The project manager knows what satellite [...]

fire scar in the everglades
Nov 30, 2015Recounting Recent Fire History of Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve

When you think of Southern Florida's vast everglades, fire is not something that usually comes to mind, but the region has a long history of seasonal fires.

Panmah and Choktoi glacier movement
Nov 27, 2015Animating the “Karakoram Anomaly” with Landsat

Capitalizing on the long Landsat data record and the human brain’s capacity to recognize movement, Frank Paul from the University of Zurich has created glacier animations that enable viewers to witness the complex flow of glaciers.

new USGS Landsat fact sheet
Nov 25, 2015“Landsat—Earth Observation Satellites” a New USGS Fact Sheet

The USGS Publications Warehouse, has just published a new Landsat fact sheet, that briefly describes Landsat's history, and provides information about satellite [...]

Jeff Masek
Nov 17, 2015Landsat 9 Project Scientist Talks Carbon During Reddit AMA

On Nov. 12, Jeff Masek, the NASA Landsat 9 Project Scientist, participated in a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session, part of the AskScience AMA Series. Masek was one of three participating NASA scientists studying the role of carbon on Earth's [...]

graphic from World Bank Group's remote sensing introduction
Nov 16, 2015A Remote Sensing Tutorial from World Bank Group

In a effort to help sustainable development professionals learn more about Earth observation resources that can help with their work, the World Bank Group released an informational website focused on remote sensing.

an arctic stream
Nov 16, 2015Case Studies in Carbon and Climate

Every part of the mosaic of Earth's surface — ocean and land, Arctic and tropics, forest and grassland — absorbs and releases carbon in a different way. Wild-card events such as massive wildfires and drought complicate the global picture even [...]

DOI/Mexico signing MOU
Nov 13, 2015DOI & Mexico Sign Agreement to Share Landsat Data

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, leading the U.S. delegation to the 2015 Ministerial Summit of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), today signed an agreement with Mexico serving as a regional milestone for international cooperation [...]

Global Forest Change Map
Nov 13, 2015Free Data Proves Its Worth for Observing Earth

Since late 2008, when Landsat earth observation images were made available to all users free of charge, nearly 30 million Landsat scenes have been downloaded through the U.S. Geological Survey portal – and the rate of downloads is still increasing.

Landsat on AWS
Nov 12, 2015Half a Year, Half a Billion Landsat Data Requests

On March 19, 2015 Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced that it was hosting Landsat 8 imagery. With the help of USGS and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, AWS started with a collection of over 85,000 Landsat 8 scenes.

data set example
Nov 12, 2015New Landsat Data Set: Russian Boreal Forest Disturbance Maps

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Distributed Active Archiving Center (DAAC) released a series of boreal forest disturbance maps derived from Landsat for the 1984–2000 time period.

A String of Pearls Viewed From Space
Nov 12, 2015A String of Pearls Viewed From Space

A Landsat mosaic of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed was unveiled at a Nov. 12 String of Pearls ceremony in Easton, Maryland.

Great Plains photo
Nov 9, 2015Picture This: Newly Released Photo Catalog Puts U.S. Landscapes On Exhibit

The U.S. Geological Survey announced today that it has made part of a huge national repository of geographically referenced USGS field photographs publicly available. USGS geographers developed a simple, easy-to-use mapping portal called the [...]

Milan skyline
Nov 1, 2015Urbanization Affects Air and Water in Italy’s Po Plain

In a recent Eos Project Update, a group of researchers from Italy and NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab shared the results of their large Po Plain Experiment (POPLEX).