Landsat’s Critical Role in Water Management
Water is essential for life. A third of Earth’s populace has unreliable access to clean water. With current population growth and environmental trends, the U.N. Environmental Program estimates that 1.8 billion people will face water scarcity by 2025. Water means survival for people and other species we rely upon to thrive, making proper stewardship of our water resources vital. Good decisions require good data. Since 1972 the Landsat series of satellites has been providing such data. Landsat-based decisions on how to manage limited water resources have impacted millions of people worldwide. From finding water for refugees in arid nations to reducing pollution in our national waterways, Landsat enables decisions that directly help people.
A new study combines decades of Landsat and Sentinel-2 imagery with hydrologic and oceanographic data to look at how changes on land affect coastlines in Big Sur, California.
Landsat Shows Western Canada’s Glaciated Environments Rapidly Changing
A new mapping tool developed by UNBC researchers shows that western Canadian glaciers are shrinking at an increasing rate.
Shifting Shores of the Australian Continent Mapped with Landsat
Using decades of Landsat satellite imagery, scientists at Geoscience Australia have mapped annual shoreline locations for the entirety of Australia going back more than thirty years.
OpenET: A Satellite-Based Water Data Resource
Data from Landsat powers OpenET, a new web-based platform that puts water use information for 17 western United States into the hands of farmers, water managers and conservation groups.
Bill Kustas: Advancing Water Research Drop by Drop
Kustas’ research informed the new OpenET app that uses Landsat thermal data as a key data input.
NASA Invites Media to Briefing on New Water Data Platform
NASA will hold a virtual media briefing at 1:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, Oct. 21, to share a powerful, new, web-based platform to help those who rely on water resources across the drought-stricken western U.S.