April 2018


Successful Landsat 9 Ground System Review Held
Apr 10, 2018Successful Landsat 9 Ground System Review Held

Landsat 9 Ground System Preliminary Design Review a success.

soybean field
Apr 4, 2018Satellites, Supercomputers, and Machine Learning Provide Real-Time Crop Type Data

Scientists have proven a new technique for distinguishing the corn and soybean crops using satellite data and the processing power of supercomputers.

Landsat Science Team
Mar 19, 2018Winter 2018 Landsat Science Team Presentations Available

Landsat Science Team presentations form the Feb. 2018 meeting are available.

Glen Canyon Dam
Mar 15, 2018Land Under Water: Estimating Hydropower’s Land Use Impacts

A team of Norwegian-based researchers has developed an innovative way to describe how much land it takes to generate a kilowatt-hour of electricity from hydropower.

Landsat 9 Spacecraft Passes Latest Critical Design Review
Mar 15, 2018Landsat 9 Spacecraft Passes Latest Critical Design Review

The Landsat 9 spacecraft component successfully completed a rigorous Critical Design Review (CDR) demonstrating that the program meets all technical performance measures and requirements.

Bear cubs in the wild
Mar 12, 2018Does a Bear Smile in the Woods? Citizen Scientists and Satellites Find Out

NASA satellites are helping Wisconsin develop a clearer picture of its diverse and abundant fauna.

map of forest damage on Puerto Rico
Mar 1, 2018Assessing the Impact of Hurricanes on Puerto Rico’s Forests

Scientists at Berkeley Lab have produced a rapid mapping of the disturbance intensity across Puerto Rico’s forests with the help of Google Earth Engine and Landsat 8.

TIRS-2 inspections
Mar 1, 2018TIRS-2 Testing: A Landsat 9 Instrument Takes Shape

TIRS-2 is being built at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. TIRS-2 build, as with any science-grade space-based instrument, involves lots of testing.

Brian Markham
Feb 27, 2018USGS Video: Landsat In Action—Landsat’s Calibration and Validation

Engineers and scientists from both Landsat and Sentinel missions talk about working together to calibrate observation data and validate its quality to improve the science using these resources.

Warren Cohen
Feb 26, 2018USGS Video: Landsat in Action—Forestry Research with Warren Cohen

Warren Cohen from the USDA Forest Service talks about the value of Landsat's long history of observations in monitoring and assessing forests.

still from Open Air
Feb 22, 2018Artist Grayson Cooke Explores the Forces that Shape Earth with Landsat

“Open Air” is a media project of Australia-based artist Grayson Cooke that features Landsat 8 imagery as it explores how time and elemental forces work together to shape our planet. In “Open Air,” Cooke plays with sense of Read more [...]

Antarctic ice flow map
Feb 20, 2018New Study Brings Antarctic Ice Loss Into Sharper Focus

A NASA study based on an innovative technique for crunching torrents of satellite data provides the clearest picture yet of changes in Antarctic ice flow into the ocean.

Landsat 9 Cryocooler Delivered Ahead of Schedule
Feb 14, 2018Landsat 9 Cryocooler Delivered Ahead of Schedule

Ball Aerospace delivered the TIRS-2 Flight Cryocooler for the Landsat 9 TIRS-2 instrument ahead of schedule to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

Landsat Summer 2017 Science Team Summary Available
Feb 13, 2018Landsat Summer 2017 Science Team Summary Available

A five-page summary of the 2017 Landsat Science Team Summer Meeting is now available.

Landsat 8
Feb 9, 2018Seeing Earth From Space Never Gets Old: Five Years of Landsat 8

Landsat 8 continues a streak of engineering and science success unmatched in spaceflight.

L8 launch
Feb 9, 2018Landsat 8 at Five

Landsat 8 marks five years since launch.

Martha Anderson
Feb 5, 2018USGS Video: Landsat in Action—Monitoring Crop Land with Martha Anderson

Martha Anderson talks about the value of Landsat and its thermal data for understanding agricultural lands.

Leif Olmanson
Jan 30, 2018USGS Video: Landsat in Action—Minnesota Lakes with Leif Olmanson

Leif Olmanson talks about the value of Landsat data for monitoring the thousands of lakes in Minnesota.

water quality map
Jan 26, 2018UNESCO Launches a Pioneering Tool to Monitor Water Quality

Using data from Landsat and Sentinel-2, UNESCO is providing freshwater quality information at the global scale.

Barbara Ryan
Jan 23, 2018USGS Video: Landsat in Action—Free & Open Landsat Archive with Barbara Ryan

Barbara Ryan, Director of GEO talks about the distribution of Landsat data.

Mike Wulder
Jan 16, 2018USGS Video: Landsat in Action—Monitoring Canada’s Forest with Mike Wulder

In this USGS Landsat in Action video Mike Wulder of Canada's Forest Service talks about the value Landsat images have for mapping and monitoring Canada's forested areas.

Tom Loveland
Jan 12, 2018Landsat Science Team Co-chair Talks to SDPB Radio

Tom Loveland spoke with reporter Cara Hetland from South Dakota Public Broadcasting about his role as co-chair of the Landsat Science Team and the team itself.

Hankui Zhang
Jan 11, 2018Satellite-based Program to More Accurately Identify Land Cover

A new program uses Landsat satellite data to automatically categorize what’s on the ground more accurately than other land cover products.

John Schott
Jan 9, 2018USGS Video: Landsat in Action—Tracking Water Changes with John Schott

John Schott discusses using Landsat Data over the years and how its thermal data tracks temperature changes in water bodies.

Adam Lewis
Jan 2, 2018USGS Video: Landsat in Action — Open Data in Australia with Adam Lewis

Adam Lewis talks about the value of Landsat data, the importance of free and open policy, and how analysis ready data is advancing earth observing science.

peatland in Sumatra
Dec 28, 2017Open Digital Mapping For Assessing Carbon Storage in Tropical Peatlands

Tropical peatland can be mapped accurately using freely-available remote sensing data and open source software.

Kelp
Dec 21, 2017Thousands of Citizen-Scientists Help Researchers Map Kelp Forests

Kelp forests are beautiful but fragile habitats for a wide array of plant and animal species.

USGS and NASA Select New Landsat Science Team
Dec 15, 2017USGS and NASA Select New Landsat Science Team

The USGS and NASA have selected the scientists and engineers who will serve on the next Landsat Science Team.

ice on vitus lake, bering glacier
Dec 15, 2017Traveling Back in Time to Follow Glacier Trends with IceTrendr

Revealing the dynamic nature of glaciers.

Fox glacier
Dec 15, 2017Taking Inventory of New Zealand’s Glaciers

Glaciers have been receeding rapidly in many parts of the world, including New Zealand.

clearcut mangrove in Tanzania
Dec 15, 2017Global Mangrove Mapping with Landsat

The area of mangrove wetlands around the world has been declining over recent decades.

River Findhorn
Dec 14, 2017Measuring the Wide World of Rivers

Using Landsat to measure river widths around the world.

Andrew Elmore
Dec 14, 2017USGS Video: Landsat in Action—Changing Forest Phenology with Andrew Elmore

Elmore delves into the changing phenology of forests and how that impacts the amount of carbon dioxide going into the atmosphere.

tidal marshes
Dec 14, 2017Calculating Carbon: Tidal Marsh Contributions

Modeling the aboveground biomass and carbon of tidal marshes across the U.S.

kelp on Falkland Islands
Dec 14, 2017Floating Forests: Citizen Scientists are Mapping Giant Kelp with Landsat

Learn more about the huge citizen science kelp mapping endeavor called Floating Forests.

clear water in Florida Keys
Dec 13, 2017What Lies Beneath: Mapping Benthic Habitats with Landsat

A method for mapping coral reefs or other benthic habitats over time.

wetlands in Baylands Nature Preserve
Dec 13, 2017How Much Swamp Are We Talking Here?
Towards Better Mapping of Coastal Wetlands


Ways to better estimate the greenhouse gas contributions of wetlands.

Murray River
Dec 13, 2017Graphing a Path to Survival: Habitat Connectivity in Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin

Quantifying the impact of historic land-use and hydroclimatic variability on landscape connectivity dynamics across Australia’s breadbasket.

birth of iceberg A-68
Dec 12, 2017How Scientists Watched the Larsen C Ice Shelf Give Birth to an Iceberg in the Polar Night

Using Landsat 8's thermal data to monitor calving events in Antarctica.

How Do Coastal Marshes Respond to Climate Change?
Dec 12, 2017How Do Coastal Marshes Respond to Climate Change?

Using Landsat data from 1984-2014 to investigate the blue carbon change in Louisiana's coastal marshes.

Mt. Etna
Dec 12, 2017Near Real Time Monitoring of Volcanic Eruptions

Using Earth Observation data to monitor volcanic eruptions.

An example HLS product
Dec 12, 2017Using Landsat and Sentinel-2 Data in Harmony

HLS offers a seamless data set of surface reflectance observations.

Nunavut, Canada
Dec 11, 2017Water in Flux—Monitoring Shifting Water Body Sizes in Canada

Monitoring surface water trends in North Western Canada.

Palo Verde diversion dam
Dec 11, 2017Farm Crops for City Drops: Assessing Water Right Transfers With Landsat

Thirty-one years of observed water use trends in the Southwestern U.S.

Sarasota Bridge
Dec 11, 2017Shedding Light on Watershed Management Priorities

Learn more about a water quality modeling tool known as SPARROW.

AGU logo
Dec 10, 2017Landsat at #AGU17

Over 400 presentations at the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting featured Landsat.

Landsat 9 Passes Key Decision Point C, Moves on to Implementation Phase
Dec 7, 2017Landsat 9 Passes Key Decision Point C, Moves on to Implementation Phase

Landsat 9 has entered its implementation phase.

Landsat 9 Ground Network Element Reaches Successful Milestone
Dec 5, 2017Landsat 9 Ground Network Element Reaches Successful Milestone

The Landsat 9 Ground Network Element's Preliminary Design Review took place on November 30, 2017.

Darrel Williams
Nov 15, 2017USGS-NASA Pecora Award Recognizes Excellence in Earth Observation

Two awardees have been presented with the 2017 William T. Pecora Award for achievements in Earth remote sensing.

global cropland distribution
Nov 14, 2017New Landsat-Based Map of Worldwide Croplands Supports Food and Water Security

A new map was released today detailing croplands worldwide in the highest resolution yet.