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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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"Since late 2008, when Landsat data was made available to all users free of charge, over 22 million Landsat scenes have been downloaded through the USGS-EROS website—and the rate of downloads is still increasing."

— USGS press release, Jan 14, 2015

“This research was only possible thanks to the free and open Landsat data policy.”

— Frank Paul, glaciologist, Nov 26, 2015

"Until recently the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has relied on very high spatial resolution imagery to assess environmental conditions that may pose threats to national security. This project has demonstrated the beneficial use of Landsat to assess water quality at a regional scale, which enables a broader understanding of changing environmental conditions."

— Chase Mueller, NASA Ames, Dec 16, 2015

"This portal harnesses more than 37,000 images from Landsat archives, dating back to the early 1970s, to track changes in outlet glaciers over time."

— M. Scheinert Scheinert, Ralf Rosenau, and Benjamin Ebermann, Dec 29, 2016

"From now on, we’re going to be able to track all of the different types of changes in glaciers – there’s so much science to extract from the data."

— Ted Scambos, a glaciologist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center, talking about the Landsat 8-based GoLIVE project, Dec 12, 2016

“We show governments across the world that it makes financial sense to release broadly and openly the data that the taxpayer has already paid for. It will build your economy, it is certainly good for transparent government and, it is a boon for capacity building and education.”

— Barb Ryan, Secretariat Director of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO), Feb 7, 2017

"Landsat provides wide coverage of the Himalayas for years with spatial and spectral quality, especially now, with Landsat 8 that has enhanced spectral resolution, which enables the monitoring of glacier state."

— Ramesh P. Singh, Chapman University, Dec 12, 2016

"Landsat pays dividends not only to the prosperity of the global economy, but also to people and planet."

— Jay Neuner, Oct 4, 2018

"The availability and accessibility of remotely sensed digital imagery obtained from Landsat satellites allow coastal scientist—and more importantly community members—the opportunity to map, evaluate and continuously monitor shoreline movement at regular intervals given the unprecedented pace of Arctic climate change."

— Dr. Ravi Darwin Sankar, geologist with the Arctic Institute of North America & the University of Calgary in Canada, Dec 12, 2019

"It is a game changer for people who want to know the impact of a management action on particular piece of land, or how a dam affected the downstream area."

— Dr. Virginia Burkett, Chief Scientist, Climate and Land Use Change (CLU), USGS, describing the new Landsat Analysis Ready Data, May 11, 2018