Landsat Collections
May 10, 2019Landsat Collection 2 Summary and Sample Metadata Now Available

The USGS is currently finalizing the Landsat Collection 2 product definition structure, production timeline and public availability.

Yellowstone Thermal Areas map
Apr 8, 2019Discovering New Thermal Areas in Yellowstone’s Dynamic Landscape

Over the last 20 years, a new thermal area has developed in Yellowstone. Landsat 8 is on the case.

greenness trend map Alaska+Canada
Apr 2, 2019New Data Release: Summertime Greenness Trends for Alaska and Canada

The Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) field campaign has released data of the summer NDVI trend and trend significance for 1984 to 2012 over Alaska and Canada.

Landsat data use and publications through time
Mar 20, 2019Landsat Science Team Members Support the Free and Open Landsat Data Policy

The resounding takeaway from a recent paper authored by Landsat Science Team members: Keep Landsat data free and open.

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.

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.

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.

webinar screenshot
Nov 19, 2018NASA Webinar on Mapping Global Urbanization with Landsat and High-Resolution Reference Data Held Nov. 14

Webinar described the production of the Global Man-made Impervious Surface dataset and its companion urban extent dataset called Human Built-up And Settlement Extent.

Landsat imagery of canyon
Oct 23, 2018AmericaView Secures 5-Year USGS National Land Imaging Grant

A five-year, $6.25 million dollar grant to support nationwide remote sensing education, outreach, and research has been granted to AmericaView.

fused data, vegetation health measurements
Aug 16, 2018Landsat Adds Value, Reliability to Cubesat Imagery

Landsat is a gold standard for calibration that adds value and reliability to other satellite systems.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.