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Tom Loveland
Oct 8, 2019Pecora Award Honors Excellence in Earth Observation, Including Former Landsat Science Team Leader

The 2019 Pecora Award recipients include former Landsat Science Team leader Thomas R. Loveland and the Terra Science and Flight Operations Team.

OLI-2 at Ball
Sep 27, 2019Landsat 9 Instrument Ready for Spacecraft Assembly

OLI-2 is now built, tested, and in place to be assembled onto the spacecraft.

L8 image of Apostle Islands
Sep 13, 2019Landsat Collection 2 Sample Products Now Available from USGS

Landsat Collection 2 will improve data quality and provide more accurate information for use in land change analysis, resulting in more informed decision-making.

Baltimore City
Sep 5, 2019Hot in the City, And Hotter Still in Low-Income Areas

A new investigative report published by NPR has found that it’s hotter in cities’ low income areas.

Calving front of Helheim Glacier
Aug 28, 2019Landsat Illustrates Five Decades of Change to Greenland Glaciers

The branching network of glaciers that empty into Greenland’s Sermilik Fjord has changed significantly in the last half century.

New Landsat Infrared Instrument Ships from NASA
Aug 23, 2019New Landsat Infrared Instrument Ships from NASA

This month, TIRS-2 successfully passed the stringent 12-week testing process at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and was shipped to Northrop Grumman’s facility in Arizona.

Ice Area Changes for Langjökull Group Ice Caps, Iceland
Aug 19, 2019Tribute to a Glacier That Is No More

A memorial was placed on top of the volcano where Okjökull Glacier’s ice once flowed.

summer students discuss their science at NASA
Aug 1, 2019Applying Earth Observations to Real-World Concerns

Summer projects focused on using Earth science data for practical applications like agriculture and food security, disasters, ecological forecasting, energy, health and air quality, transportation and infrastructure, urban development and water resources.

Forest damaged by tornado
Jul 29, 2019Tornadoes, Windstorms Pave Way for Lasting Plant Invasions

Landsat shows that large blowdown areas in southern Illinois forests are more heavily invaded by invasive species and slower to recover than smaller areas after a tornado.

BARC map of Elk Complex Fire
Jul 11, 2019Landsat Can Save Federal Agencies up to $7.7 Million Annually in Post-Fire Costs

Using satellite imagery is a cost-effective way to assess burned areas and triage mitigation measures post-wildfire, study found. Federal agencies can save as much as $7.7 million annually in post-fire costs by using Landsat.

Mount Michael.
Jul 3, 2019Landsat Aids Discovery of Rare Lava Lake on Remote Sub-Antarctic Island

Landsat, Sentinel-2, and ASTER confirm a rare lava lake in Mt. Michael’s crater on the sub-Antarctic Saunders Island—a “remarkable geological feature.”

Eastern Reef Egret - Queensland, Australia
Jun 27, 2019More than Naught: The “Z” of Where Land Meets Sea

Harnessing 30 years of Landsat data, a team of researchers from Australia has created the first 3D model of Australia’s entire coastline.

Chlorophyll-a concentrations
Jun 21, 2019NASA Helps Warn of Harmful Algal Blooms in Lakes, Reservoirs

With limited resources to dedicate to monitoring for harmful algal blooms, water managers are looking to new technologies from NASA and its partners to detect and monitor potential hazards in lakes and reservoirs.

Landsat Ice Stream
Jun 17, 2019Introducing Landsat Ice Stream

Seven ice features in western Antarctica have been named for Earth-observation satellites, including one named for Landsat.

cover of NGAC report
Jun 17, 2019Advisory Panel Recommends Landsat Data Stay Free

Keeping Landsat data free and open is the right path forward, a federal advisory panel has concluded.

award drawing
Jun 7, 2019RIT Scientists Recognized for Solving Issue with Landsat 8 TIRS Instrument

Aaron Gerace and Matthew Montanaro earned the 2019 USGIF Academic Achievement Award for their work on the Landsat 8 TIRS stray-light issue.

Feng Gao
May 29, 2019Landsat Science Team Member Feng Gao Wins 2018 Arthur S. Flemming Award

Dr. Gao has been awarded in recognition of his original research in the application of remote sensing for crop and vegetation monitoring.

Prosopis
May 23, 2019Containing a Woody Weed in Kenya

Prosopis was introduced to Kenya in the 1980s to provide fuelwood; it has since turned into an environmental scourge. Landsat has tracked its fast-paced spread.

Copenhagen garden
May 22, 2019Green Space is Good for Mental Health, Landsat Helps Establish

The prolonged presence of green space is intrinsic for a healthy society a new nationwide Danish study finds.

magnitude of landcover change between 2001 and 2016
May 20, 2019New Land Cover Maps Depict 15 Years of Change Across America

USGS released the latest edition of the National Land Cover Database (NLCD) for the U.S.—the most comprehensive land cover database that the USGS has ever produced.