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.

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.

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

Using Earth Observation data to monitor volcanic eruptions.

Rio Grande de Loíza - after Maria
Sep 28, 2017Puerto Rico Landscape Ravaged by Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria tore across Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, ravaging both urban and rural areas with category 4 winds and intense rainfall for several days.

Caribbean Islands before and after Irma
Sep 12, 2017Hurricane Irma Turns Caribbean Islands Brown

Irma battered several Caribbean islands in September 2017; when the clouds cleared the destruction became obvious even from space.

Disaster Charter Landsat-based map of flooding in Venezuela
Aug 15, 2017Mapping Orinoco and Caroni River Floods in Venezuela

The Disaster Charter used Landsat 8 data to map flooding on the Orinoco and Caroni Rivers.

map of fire extent
Jun 26, 2017Landsat Helps Map Fires in Western and Southern Cape Provinces of South Africa

Landsat 8 data was used to map the fire extent, measuring some 16,000 hectares of destruction.

post-fire slope erosion prediction map
Jun 15, 2017Blazing Fast Relief: A NASA-Supported Tool is Accelerating Wildfire Recovery

Burned Area Emergency Response teams—one of most important parts of wildfires that you’ve probably never heard of.

Landsat Images Provided to the Disaster Charter, May 2017
May 31, 2017Landsat Images Provided to the Disaster Charter, May 2017

This month, 34 Landsat scenes were ingested by the USGS Hazard Data Distribution System to provide data for Charter activations.

Mt. St. Helens, 37 Years of Recovery
May 18, 2017Mt. St. Helens, 37 Years of Recovery

In the decades since the Mount St. Helens eruption, scientists have studied the recovery of the ecosystem around the mountain using the Landsat series of satellites.

flood waters south of Lake Urmia
Apr 19, 2017UNOSAT Maps Flood Extent Near Lake Urmia with Landsat 8

A Landsat 8-based map showing regions south of Iran’s Lake Urmia that have been effected by recent flooding has been created for UN decision makers.

Landsat Images Provided to the Disaster Charter, Feb. 2017
Feb 28, 2017Landsat Images Provided to the Disaster Charter, Feb. 2017

This month, 37 Landsat scenes were ingested by the USGS Hazard Data Distribution System to provide data for Charter activations.

Landsat Images Provided to the Disaster Charter, Jan. 2017
Jan 31, 2017Landsat Images Provided to the Disaster Charter, Jan. 2017

Jan 31, 2017 • The International Charter is a system that supplies free satellite imagery to emergency responders anywhere in the world. The Charter concept is this: a single phone number is made available to authorized parties providing 24/7 contact to a person who can activate the charter. Once activated, a project manager takes charge. The project […]

LANDFIRE land/fire schematic
Jan 10, 2017LANDFIRE 2014 Update Completed for CONUS

The LANDFIRE 2014 Update for the conterminous United States has been completed, with Alaska and Hawaii soon to follow. 

Landsat Images Provided to the Disaster Charter, Dec. 2016
Dec 31, 2016Landsat Images Provided to the Disaster Charter, Dec. 2016

You can think of the Charter as a one-stop-shop for impact maps—an essential resource, since in many cases satellite data are the only practical method to assess current ground conditions after a disaster.

volcano in iceland
Dec 16, 2016Creating a Volcanic Plume Elevation Model

Using Landsat 8 to create three-dimensional maps of volcanic ash plumes.

livestock, Pamir Mountains
Dec 15, 2016The 2015 Surge of Kelayayilake Glacier

In May 2015, a severe glacier surge struck the eastern Pamir.

tornado damage Perry Co. 2015
Dec 14, 2016Surveying Damage after Severe Weather Events

Imagery, like Landsat’s, offers an overhead view to NWS personnel.

mekong river delta
Dec 13, 2016A Spatial Toolbox to Help Deal with Flooding in Vietnam

A new collaborative platform has been developed to help Vietnam plan for and respond to flooding.

flooding
Dec 12, 2016Mapping Historic Floods Around the World

Developing the largest database of spatial extents for historic floods.