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The Landsat Program

This joint NASA/USGS program provides the longest continuous space-based record of Earth’s land in existence. Every day, Landsat satellites provide essential information to help land managers and policy makers make wise decisions about our resources and our environment. + Landsat Case Studies ebook

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“Data from Landsat and the MODIS sensor are well-suited to help people make informed policy decisions about ecosystem health, water management, agriculture and much more.”

— Jim Irons, Dec 17, 2014

“Remote sensing with satellites such as Landsat and sensors such as MODIS allows scientists to conduct a range of studies they wouldn’t otherwise be able to.”

— Karl Flessa, co-chief scientist of the Minute 319 Science Team, Dec 17, 2014

"I am a big fan of Landsat 8 satellite images as a resource when making maps."

— Tom Patterson, National Park Service cartographer, Jun 13, 2019

"Landsat data gives us a fuller picture of the planet we live on and the resources humanity needs to survive."

— Brian Kahn, Jul 23, 2014

“Anything that’s historic, it’s got to be Landsat. In temporal depth, Landsat is really the only game in town.”

— Mike Wulder, Canadian Forest Service, on historical land use change, Jan 16, 2018

“We are now beginning to see that the combination of high performance computing, data storage facilities, data preparation techniques, and advanced systems can materially accelerate the value of Landsat data.”

— Dr. Suzette Kimball, acting Director of the USGS, Jun 18, 2015

“Very importantly, big data and its use for societal good is based on really progressive data policies. The Landsat sensor has 40 years of data in the archive and it is available to anyone on the planet.”

— Matt Hansen, Oct 21, 2015

“By unleashing the power of our vast and open data resources, the Climate Data Initiative helps spark private sector innovation and will leverage resources for those on the front lines who are dealing with climate change. We are pooling into one place data from across the federal government to make it more accessible to the public and we hope our efforts will inspire other countries to follow suit.”

— Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior, Dec 9, 2014

"Landsat 8 is part of a revolution of how much remote sensing can do to track the polar areas."

— Ted Scambos, Lead Scientist at the National Snow & Ice Data Center, Oct 18, 2017

"The success of a mission, and the societal benefits it creates, relies on many factors, including design, manufacture, launch, and operation of the sensor. However, it also includes data acquisition, accessibility, availability, and continuity, all of which are embodied by the Landsat program."

— Yuan et al., Aug 1, 2020