August 2018


Split iceberg
Aug 7, 2018Seeing Hidden Worlds Under Melting Ice

Multi-year comparison of Landsat images can unmask previously unknown geography.

Yukon’s Qikiqtaruk-Herschel Island Territorial Park - 2017
Aug 3, 2018New Study: The Arctic Carbon Cycle is Speeding Up

Carbon in Alaska’s North Slope tundra ecosystems spends about 13 percent less time locked in frozen soil than it did 40 years ago.

Landsat 8 image of NE Svalbard
Aug 2, 2018USGS Landsat Archive Hits 8 Million

The USGS Landsat archive has reached eight million scenes.

MSS v. RBV image
Jul 26, 2018USGS Landsat Video: The Progress of Landsat Sensor Technology

Landsat sensor technology has come a long way since the days of the Return Beam Vidicon cameras on the first three Landsat satellites.

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.

L7 MOC opening photo
Jul 18, 2018USGS, NASA Officials Cut Ribbon on New Landsat 7 Flight Operations Center

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Landsat 7 Mission Operations Center (MOC) at the Goddard Space Flight Center was held this month.

Cape Code National Seashore
Jul 18, 2018Landsat-based Global Study of World’s Beaches Shows Threat to Protected Areas

Using 30 years of Landsat data, a team of scientists and engineers from the Netherlands determined how Earth’s sandy beaches are changing.

image of Glacier Bay
Jul 11, 2018Avalanches Becoming More Frequent and Powerful in Alaska, Landsat Shows

As global temperatures rise, melting permafrost is expected to cause more frequent and hazardous landslides.

ESW Poster Back
Jul 5, 2018Come Play with Us! Exploring America with Landsat for Earth Science Week 2018

A new 2018 Earth Science Week poster offers inspiring Landsat views of the American landscape and has a fun game of exploration on its reverse side.

Pedro Oliveira in the Amazon
Jun 22, 2018Calculating Forest Biomass Using LiDAR, Landsat 8, and Sentinel-2

SDSU post-doc Pedro Oliveira is integrating remote sensing data from airborne LiDAR and Landsat 8 and Sentinel-2 satellites to map the height of the Brazilian Amazon forest canopy.

Landsat, Sentinel Harmony Effort Shows Promising Results in Great Basin
Jun 12, 2018Landsat, Sentinel Harmony Effort Shows Promising Results in Great Basin

New research from EROS on dryland phenology, is poised to aid land managers' fight against invasive, fire-prone species that wreak havoc on native landscapes.

ACIX project diagram
Jun 6, 2018Putting Heads Together to Improve Atmospheric Corrections for Medium-Resolution Satellite Data

An international group is working together to find the best atmospheric correction techniques for Landsat 8 and the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite series.

cloud forest El Yunque
May 31, 2018Data Record for Tropical Forest Monitoring Extended with New Cloud-Detection Method

A new, highly accurate, automated way to detect clouds and their shadows from satellite images over unusually cloudy places.

Lake Sunapee algal bloom
May 30, 2018Landsat 8 as a Tool for Monitoring Algal Blooms

When algae blanket a lake’s surface, loss of sunlight and—eventually—oxygen, smothers aquatic life.

erosion along Alaska's coastline
May 29, 2018New Study Provides the First Comprehensive, Long-term Look at Alaska’s Changing Ecosystems

This is the first study to document more than three decades of land and water changes across Alaska.

dead red gum trees
May 29, 2018Rain Showers, Flowers, and Floods—Understanding How Vegetation Responds to Flooding and Drought in Australia’s Breadbasket

Using a quarter century of Landsat data, geospatial researchers have mapped and modeled how vegetation responds to water availability across the entire Murray-Darling Basin.

Blue river flowing through the Petermann Glacier
May 23, 2018Supraglacial Lakes Are Not Destabilizing Greenland’s Ice Sheets, Yet

Using Landsat 8 satellite images from 2014 to 2016, researchers have discerned when the lakes on Greenland's Petermann ice tongue formed, their movement, and changes in surface extent across time.

completing the OLI-2 focal plane integration
May 23, 2018In Focus: A Peek at Landsat 9’s OLI-2 Instrument During Focal Plane Integration

Ball Aerospace recently shared some photos of its technicians working on OLI-2 in the cleanroom during focal plane integration.

center-pivot irrigation crops in the Saudi desert
May 16, 2018Satellites Reveal Major Shifts in Global Freshwater

Earth’s wet land areas are getting wetter and dry areas are getting drier due to a variety of factors, including human water management, climate change and natural cycles.

NPS Kenai Fjords map
May 8, 2018National Park Service Cartographer Tom Patterson Talks Landsat

National Park Service cartographer Tom Patterson's mapmaking process often incorporates information from Landsat.

Landsat 9 budget, cost, and schedule information
May 1, 2018Landsat 9 Project On Track, U.S. General Accounting Office Assesses

The U.S. General Accounting Office reported on the Landsat 9 satellite project status as part of its 10th annual Quick Look at NASA’s major projects.

Rocky Mountain National Park
Apr 27, 2018Watching A Quarter Century of North American Forest Dynamics with Landsat

Annual maps of the lower-48 United States produced from Landsat satellite data illustrate how these dynamic systems changed from 1986-2010.

northeast of sprague river village
Apr 26, 2018Solving the Riddle of Water Use in the Upper Klamath Basin

When it comes to water, when does less really mean more?

Landsat 9 logo
Apr 25, 2018Landsat 9 Successfully Passes Its Critical Design Review

Review board gives high praise to Landsat 9 project for its mission status.

Jeff Masek
Apr 23, 2018USGS Video: Landsat in Action—The Accuracy of Landsat with Jeff Masek

Landsat 9 Project Scientist Jeff Masek discusses the ways Landsat data is used and how important it is to have high quality data.

crop irrigation
Apr 23, 2018Landsat Imagery Sheds Light on Agricultural Water Use

Researchers armed with data from the Landsat Earth-observing satellites recently teamed up with Google to track water used for irrigation.

Patrick Hostert
Apr 18, 2018USGS Video: Landsat in Action—Studying Phenology with Patrick Hostert

Patrick Hostert from the University of Berlin discusses the value of Landsat's long archive to studying phenology.

1989 L5 image
Apr 18, 2018LGAC Milestone Reached

The ​5 millionth scene received in support of the Landsat Global Archive Consolidation (LGAC) effort has been added into the USGS Landsat archive.

before and after mangrove images
Apr 13, 2018NASA Mapping Hurricane Damage to Everglades and Puerto Rico Forests

Last spring, NASA researchers flew over the Everglades and Puerto Rico to measure how mangroves and rainforests grow and evolve over time, then hurricanes Irma and Maria struck.

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

The 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.