Lake Imja
Aug 31, 2020Global Survey Using Landsat Shows Dramatic Growth of Glacial Lakes

Using 30 years of Landsat data, researchers have found that the volume of glacial lakes worldwide has increased by about 50% since 1990.

Flood and landslide analysis in Madagascar
Jan 27, 2020Mapping it Out: Flooding & Landslides in Madagascar

Landsat continues to support the International Disaster Charter.

river chemistry monitoring stations in Yellowstone
Dec 12, 2019Tracking New Hydrothermal Activity in Yellowstone

Landsat is among the resources that scientists are using to assess hazards and track volcanic activity in Yellowstone.

gage house on Souris River
Dec 11, 2019Mapping Past Floods to Help Predict Future Ones

Landsat has enabled a more thorough understanding of how the Central Valley landscape is impacted by floods.

Glacier Bay, locator map
Dec 11, 2019Watching Glacier Bay National Park Change

Dramatic changes in Glacier Bay National Park, not particularly evident from the ground or the deck of a cruise ship, come into sharp focus when viewed using the time series of Landsat satellite images.

mangrove roots in Australia
Dec 4, 2019Mapping the Mighty Mangrove

A new longitudinal study from Australia has harnessed thirty years of NASA/USGS Landsat data to map the nationwide movement and migration of mangrove forests.

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.

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.

How ET is affected by forest fire.
Dec 11, 2018Understanding How Fire Alters the Water Use of Sierra Nevada Forests

Fires play an important role in regulating forest density, vegetation water use, and runoff.

ARD products in area of Thomas Fire
Nov 9, 2018USGS Burned Area Products Group in Denver Touts Value of Landsat ARD

A new Burned Area algorithm has been developed by USGS to identify burned areas in images across the Landsat archive.

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.