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Camp Fire smoke
Feb 19, 2019The Synoptic View of California’s Camp Fire: A Scorching Reality of Today’s Fires

Sprawling urban fires that once plagued civilization were thought to be a thing the past—the Camp Fire let us know they are back.

C.J. Loria
Feb 19, 2019Loria Named New EROS Center Director

C.J. Loria will oversee Landsat satellite and Earth imaging operations.

First in a Series of Landsat 9 Ground Readiness Tests is Successful
Feb 15, 2019First in a Series of Landsat 9 Ground Readiness Tests is Successful

Landsat 9 Ground System development team members executed the first of a series of Ground Readiness Tests this week.

Examples of Landsat Level-3 data products
Feb 13, 2019New Landsat Level-3 Products Released

The USGS has developed research-quality, applications-ready, Landsat Level-3 Science Products that are now available for download from EarthExplorer.

Land Cover image/photo
Feb 7, 2019How You Can Help Make a Better World Land Map

Using the technology inside your phone, you can help scientists classify land cover and track changes.

animation of river meandering
Feb 6, 2019Sharp Bends Make Rivers Meander, As Landsat Attests

Turns out, the rate of river migration is directly linked to how sharp its bends are.

Klinaklini Glacier in 2018
Jan 30, 2019New Research Shows Significant Decline of Glaciers in Western North America

The first comprehensive assessment of glacier mass loss for all regions in western North America (excluding Alaskan glaciers) suggests that ice masses throughout western North America are in significant decline.

ice covered Antarctica
Jan 28, 2019Antarctica Losing Six Times More Ice Mass Annually Now Than 40 Years Ago

Antarctica experienced a sixfold increase in yearly ice mass loss between 1979 and 2017.

mudflat invertebrates sampling
Jan 28, 2019Loss of Intertidal Ecosystem Exposes Coastal Communities

The study used machine-learning to analyze more than 700,000 Landsat images to map changing global distribution of intertidal areas over a 30-year period.

growing city sizes
Dec 14, 2018As Cities Grow, So Does the Urban Growing Season

New insights on how vegetation phenology in urban and surrounding areas respond to urbanization.

US ET 2017
Dec 14, 2018Mapping Water Use Nationwide With Landsat

USGS EROS scientists are leveraging the capability and history of Landsat along with weather data to map landscape-wide water consumption.

How channel morphology information is abstracted from imagery
Dec 14, 2018How Landsat Helps Alert Communities to Local Flood Hazards

For larger rivers, Landsat provides a rich dataset to define spatiotemporal patterns of channel shifting.

agriculture image
Dec 13, 2018Landsat Thermal Data Provides Insight to Vintners

Landsat thermal bands allow for the measurement of water use and moisture status at the management scale.

cloud forest
Dec 13, 2018Getting to Know the Dhofar Cloud Forest

Learn more about this rather unusual seasonal and semi-arid cloud forest.

first year of irrigation
Dec 13, 2018The Shifting Irrigation Patterns of the U.S. High Plains Aquifer

A new method to use the full Landsat archive to produce annual maps of irrigated area over the High Plains Aquifer in the central United States.

Landsat poetry
Dec 13, 2018A Geospatial Poem for the Ages

Poetry and the arts can humanize science.

Adelie penguin colonies
Dec 12, 2018Determining Penguin Diet with Landsat (and Piles of Poo)

Scientists are now able to determine what penguins are eating from space.

secchi disk
Dec 12, 2018Retrieving Secchi Depth with Landsat 8

Landsat 8 allows for the acquisition of spectral data for monitoring water quality from lakes and drinking water reservoirs across the United States.

How ET is affected by forest fire.
Dec 11, 2018Understanding How Fire Alters the Water Use of Sierra Nevada Forests

Fires play an important role in regulating forest density, vegetation water use, and runoff.

Brahmaputra River at sunset
Dec 11, 2018Watching River Islands Grow on the Brahmaputra

Stable river islands locally known as ‘chars’ are increasing in the Brahmaputra river.