Landsat image of fire scar
Mar 6, 2019Upcoming Southern Fire Exchange Webinar: “Mapping Burned Areas from the Landsat Archive”

Learn about the Landsat Burned Area algorithm that identifies burned areas in dense time-series of Landsat data.

image of VCF product
Mar 5, 2019Global 30m Landsat Tree Canopy Version 4 Released

This latest version was created by mining and processing the entire Landsat archive.

Garik Gutman
Mar 5, 2019Landsat Highlights from 2019 LCLUC Program Manager Message

Some Landsat-focused excerpts from Garik Gutman’s March 2019 message to the LCLUC team.

Valerie Thomas with CCTs
Feb 28, 2019A Face Behind Landsat Images: Meet Dr. Valerie L. Thomas

Thomas managed the development of early Landsat image processing software systems and became the resident expert on the Computer Compatible Tapes that were used to store early Landsat imagery.

impervious surfaces in NYC
Feb 26, 2019High-Resolution Data Products Help Illuminate Urbanization’s Reach

Two new Landsat-based data products and a mapping tool provide data on man-made impervious surfaces and urban extents throughout the world.

Landsat cumulative acquisitions
Feb 26, 2019Landsat: the Cornerstone of Global Land Imaging

Evolving technology, free data and robust calibration have helped make Landsat the cornerstone of global land imaging.

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.

C.J. Loria
Feb 19, 2019Loria Named New EROS Center Director

C.J. Loria will oversee Landsat satellite and Earth imaging operations.

First in a Series of Landsat 9 Ground Readiness Tests is Successful
Feb 15, 2019First in a Series of Landsat 9 Ground Readiness Tests is Successful

Landsat 9 Ground System development team members executed the first of a series of Ground Readiness Tests this week.

Examples of Landsat Level-3 data products
Feb 13, 2019New Landsat Level-3 Products Released

The USGS has developed research-quality, applications-ready, Landsat Level-3 Science Products that are now available for download from EarthExplorer.

Land Cover image/photo
Feb 7, 2019How You Can Help Make a Better World Land Map

Using the technology inside your phone, you can help scientists classify land cover and track changes.

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.

Klinaklini Glacier in 2018
Jan 30, 2019New Research Shows Significant Decline of Glaciers in Western North America

The first comprehensive assessment of glacier mass loss for all regions in western North America (excluding Alaskan glaciers) suggests that ice masses throughout western North America are in significant decline.

ice covered Antarctica
Jan 28, 2019Antarctica Losing Six Times More Ice Mass Annually Now Than 40 Years Ago

Antarctica experienced a sixfold increase in yearly ice mass loss between 1979 and 2017.

mudflat invertebrates sampling
Jan 28, 2019Loss of Intertidal Ecosystem Exposes Coastal Communities

The study used machine-learning to analyze more than 700,000 Landsat images to map changing global distribution of intertidal areas over a 30-year period.

growing city sizes
Dec 14, 2018As Cities Grow, So Does the Urban Growing Season

New insights on how vegetation phenology in urban and surrounding areas respond to urbanization.

US ET 2017
Dec 14, 2018Mapping Water Use Nationwide With Landsat

USGS EROS scientists are leveraging the capability and history of Landsat along with weather data to map landscape-wide water consumption.

How channel morphology information is abstracted from imagery
Dec 14, 2018How Landsat Helps Alert Communities to Local Flood Hazards

For larger rivers, Landsat provides a rich dataset to define spatiotemporal patterns of channel shifting.

agriculture image
Dec 13, 2018Landsat Thermal Data Provides Insight to Vintners

Landsat thermal bands allow for the measurement of water use and moisture status at the management scale.

cloud forest
Dec 13, 2018Getting to Know the Dhofar Cloud Forest

Learn more about this rather unusual seasonal and semi-arid cloud forest.