reindeer and caribou in the arctic
Sep 22, 2020Warming Temperatures are Driving Arctic Greening

Using satellite images to track global tundra ecosystems over decades, a new study found the region has become greener, as warmer air and soil temperatures lead to increased plant growth.

Forests in Banff, Canada
Sep 9, 2020The Stuff of Trees:
Three-Decades of Forest Biomass Measured Across Canada

A new study reports a net increase of 5.38 petagrams of forest biomass between 1984 and 2016; carbon-wise, that is equivalent to a train of loaded coal cars long enough to wrap itself around Earth nearly 34 times.

Cousteau and his team during the experiment
Jul 21, 2020Chasing Satellites with Jacques Cousteau

In August 1975, Jacques Cousteau and his divers helped determine if Landsat could measure the depth of shallow ocean waters.

hummingbird
Apr 17, 2020Getting a Bird’s-Eye View of Biodiversity with Landsat

This bird’s-eye view of the relationship between temperature and bird biodiversity will help conservationists figure out where to prioritize their efforts in a warming world.

grapes
Apr 8, 2020Raising a Glass in Wine Country to Better Water Management

Grape growers like Gallo are using data from Earth-observing satellites to better track soil and vine moisture levels, understand vine water use and plan grapevine irrigation.

Tuscan countryside
Mar 5, 2020Landsat Gives Epidemiologists Key Insights

How the fields of epidemiology and remote sensing intersect to help the public.

the view towards Chola Glacier, beneath Cholatse peak
Jan 10, 2020Landsat Reveals Expanding Plant Life in the Everest Region

Plant life is expanding in the area around Mount Everest, and across the Himalayan region, new research shows.

Bull Run reservoir
Dec 13, 2019Fire & Water: How Wildfires Can Impact Drinking Water

Fires in forested watersheds that support drinking water supplies can introduce contaminants that overwhelm current treatment capabilities. Earth observation data are helping.

AGU poster hall in 2018, credit AGU
Dec 9, 2019Landsat at the 2019 AGU Fall Meeting

At the 2019 AGU Fall Meeting, over 500 presentations feature research conducted with the aid of Landsat data.

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.

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.

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.

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.

TIRS-2 in TVAC
Apr 19, 2019TIRS-2 Completes Baseline Thermal Vac Test

The completion of this test represents a major milestone for the TIRS-2 project, demonstrating that the team has built a well working instrument to meet the requirements of Landsat 9.

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.

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.

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

Poetry and the arts can humanize science.

Antarctica velocity mapping
Dec 10, 2018More Glaciers in East Antarctica Are Waking Up

New detailed NASA maps of ice velocity and elevation show that a group of glaciers spanning one-eighth of East Antarctica’s coast have begun to lose ice over the past decade, hinting at widespread changes in the ocean.

a smelly HAB
Oct 11, 2018Satellites on Toxic Algae Patrol

Increasingly, water managers are turning to satellites like Landsat to monitor inland waters.

results of mega fire
Jul 25, 2018Fires, Floods and Satellite Views: Modeling the Boreal Forest’s Future

The 2014 megafires in Canada’s Northwest Territories burned 7 million acres of forest, making it one of the most severe fire events in Canadian history.