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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

Landsat 9 Arrives at Vandenberg Space Force Base in Preparation for Launch
The Landsat 9 satellite has arrived at the VSFB on the central coast of California.

"We have mapped then analyzed the area of forest converted each year to industrial oil palm and pulpwood plantations from 2001 to 2016, looking mainly at land under company management – that is, concessions. We use LANDSAT satellite imagery to monitor the annual expansion of plantations. We combine this information with annual maps of forest loss also derived using LANDSAT satellites by Matthew Hansen’s research group at the University of Maryland. The Hansen dataset, as we call it, produces very accurate tree loss maps over the humid tropics, and combined with a good forest mask, reveals where old-growth forests have been cleared...By combining our annual maps of plantations with this forest loss dataset, we can extract the area of forest converted each year to industrial plantations by producing companies. This is what we call company-driven deforestation."

— David Gaveau, co-creator of the newly updated Atlas of Deforestation and Industrial Plantations in Borneo, Nov 30, 2017

"Landsat has really become the gold standard of remote sensing from space. It's provided an invaluable, indelible record of the recent history of our planet."

— Anne Castle, assistant secretary for water and science at the U.S. Department of the Interior, Jul 23, 2012

"This [Google Earth] update was made possible in a large part thanks to the Landsat program and its commitment to free and accessible open data. Landsat, a joint program of the USGS and NASA, has observed the Earth continuously from 1972 to the present day and offers a wealth of information on the changes to the Earth's surface over time."

— Chris Herwig, Google Earth and Earth Engine, Jun 27, 2016

"It is undeniable that having access to long-term satellite data has allowed ecologists and environmental managers to increase their understanding of the natural world, to make predictions about how this world might transform and to design efficient mitigation and adaptation strategies in the face of global environmental change."

— Nathalie Pettorelli, Zoological Society of London, Jun 10, 2015

“We have recognized for the first time that we’re not just going to do one more, then stop, but that Landsat is actually a long-term monitoring activity, like the weather satellites, that should go on in perpetuity.”

— Jeff Masek, Landsat 9 Project Scientist, Apr 16, 2015

"This project would not have been possible without the consistent, long-term coverage provided by Landsat. The > 30-year archive of Landsat TM, ETM+, and OLI imagery enabled us to track changes in mangrove range limits on decadal scales."

— Kyle Cavanaugh, Dec 12, 2016

“When I arrived in Gombe 50-plus years ago, looking up at the stars, it never occurred to me that one day, we’d be relying on remote sensing—satellites circling the globe high above—to help unite communities of people and save Gombe’s chimpanzees. NASA—through its resources and data and funding—is helping us to apply the kinds of innovative solutions needed to address the complex problems people and chimpanzees face today.”

— Jane Goodall, Sep 29, 2015

“The data policy for Landsat was a paradigm shift for the world. There is no doubt about it.”

— Barbara Ryan, Director of GEO, Jan 23, 2018

“The growth of open satellite-image archives such as Landsat is leading to more sophisticated data products.”

— Andrew K. Skidmore, et al., Jul 23, 2015

"Nothing is harder to image than the past. It is imperative that all Landsat observations are archived and made available to users."

— Wulder et al., 2015, Aug 23, 2016