Landsat Images Provided to the International Charter in April 2015
Apr 30, 2015Landsat Images Provided to the International Charter in April 2015

This month, 53 Landsat scenes were ingested by the USGS Hazard Data Distribution System to provide data for Charter activations.

tornado track
Apr 15, 2015NASA’s SPoRT Disaster Response Team Provides Landsat Imagery for Illinois Tornadoes

On April 9, 2015, severe thunderstorms produced several reports of damaging wind, hail, and tornadoes — including one particularly strong (EF-4) long-track tornado across north-central Illinois.

Landsat Images Provided to the International Charter in March 2015
Mar 31, 2015Landsat Images Provided to the International Charter in March 2015

The International Charter is a system that supplies free satellite imagery to emergency responders anywhere in the world.

Turkana women gathering water
Jan 26, 2015Water Mapping Technology Rebuilds Lives in Arid Regions

Turkana County in northwest Kenya has been reeling from several years of crippling drought. As a consequence, the nomadic peoples in the region have suffered. Livestock such as goats and cattle, the sole source of income for these pastoralists, have perished by the droves from starvation, and the resulting economic hardship has left many children malnourished. Many have also died from violent clashes over increasingly scarce resources.

cloudless satellite composite image
Dec 23, 2014Mapbox: Innovating with Landsat

Mapbox is a cloud-based map platform startup that creates custom maps with open source tools. The team at Mapbox consists of over fifty cartographers, data analysts and software engineers, located in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, California. One of the open-source tools used by Mapbox is Landsat imagery. The company has a satellite team consisting of five employees dedicated to projects that use Landsat imagery to develop new products and enhance existing imagery.

Disaster Charter logo
Oct 31, 2014International Charter’s Landsat Image Ingests for Oct. 2014

The International Charter is a system that supplies free satellite imagery to emergency responders anywhere in the world.

algae collection photo
Oct 21, 2014Bringing Climate Change Tools to Lower Mekong Region

NASA and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a five-year project that will promote the use of satellite imagery to help Asia’s Lower Mekong region better predict and cope with floods and other natural disasters and increase resilience to the negative effects of climate change.

Aftermath of Hurricane Mitch
Jul 24, 2014Mapping Disaster: A Global Community Helps from Space

Year after year, somewhere on Earth, natural or manmade disasters cause loss of life and widespread destruction, frequently spawning refugee situations. Though the risk of a disaster is low in any one particular place, earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, fires, landslides, oil spills, and hurricanes—when considered together on a global scale—regularly menace people, property, and natural resources.

River Thames flood map
Jan 8, 2014Flooding in the UK

As part of the International Charter—Space and Major Disasters, a number of satellite-derived maps showing the extent of flooding across the UK have been released, including the above Landsat 8-derived map of flooding along the River Thames near Oxford.

Landsat 8 image of Rim Fire
Nov 7, 2013Wildfire Science Returns to Rim Fire

Although dousing the flames was foremost in people’s minds during the recent Rim Fire in Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park, U.S. Geological Survey scientific work continues well after the fire is out. USGS scientists are continuing their critical research characterizing the hidden dangers faced after large wildfires.

Location of Rim Fire
Sep 3, 2013Landsat 8 Satellite Sees Rim Fire from Space

Two recent images from the Landsat 8 satellite compare land conditions in the vicinity of Yosemite National Park before and during the Rim Fire. The images, from August 15 before the fire began and from August 31, can be contrasted and downloaded from the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center.

Burn severity map for Wallow Fire
Aug 29, 2013Landsat Revisits Old Flames in Fire Trends

The Wallow Fire burned over 500,000 acres, making it the largest fire in Arizona history, to date. It is one of many large fires that fire managers and researchers have seen scorch forests nationwide since the early 2000s.

BAER soil scientist
Aug 21, 2013After a Fire, Before a Flood

While the 138,000-acre Silver Fire still smoldered, forest restoration specialists were on the job. They analyzed maps created using Landsat satellite data to determine where the burn destroyed vegetation and exposed soil—and where to focus emergency restoration efforts.

Burning structure in Black Forest fire
Aug 9, 2013NASA ‘Fire Towers’ in Space Watch for Wildfires

The Black Forest wildfire this June was one of the most destructive in Colorado history, in terms of homes lost. It started close to houses and quickly spread through the ponderosa pine canopies on the rolling hills near Colorado Springs. The wildfire destroyed 500 homes in the first 48 hours and killed two people.

Leonard Lopate
Aug 8, 2013Environmental Monitoring with Public Domain Satellites

WNYC’s Leonard Lopate talks with SkyTruth president, John Amos, about using public domain satellite imagery, such as Landsat, to monitor the environment. SkyTruth uses all types of satellite imagery to monitor environmental changes and disasters; Landsat is prominently mentioned among them.

Burning fields in Indonesia
Jul 30, 2013Using Landsat 8 to Locate Fires in Indonesia

In June, air pollution over Singapore and Malaysia spiked as forests in neighboring Sumatra (Indonesia) burned. Using NASA’s daily fire alerts and official national maps, the fires were located in the vicinity of oil palm and acacia tree plantations. However, the coarse resolution of the fire alerts coupled with outdated national maps, made it hard to establish culpability. So, in mid-July when a meeting was held among ministers of Indonesia and surrounding countries on how to curb pollution, the need for accurate land use and fire extent maps was emphasized.

Shemya Island
Aug 29, 2012Analyzing Landsat to Mitigate Bird/Aircraft Collisions

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Aug 20, 2012Landsat Shows Yellowstone Burn Recovery

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Projected flooding in Williston, ND after catastrophic dam failure.
Apr 2, 2012Landsat Key Element in Flood Study

• Floods are considered the number one natural Read more […]

Fafen Upper Valley in Ethiopia
Jan 25, 2012Combating drought in the Horn of Africa

• UNESCO began mapping groundwater this January Read more […]

Sep 2, 2011Landsat Images Illustrate Flooding from Irene in New York State

Remnants of Hurricane Irene caused heavy flooding, as Read more […]

two satellite-derived images of the Wallow Fire
Aug 23, 2011Landsat Image Maps Aid Fire Recovery Efforts

Contributor: Melissa Quijada, NASA Goddard Space Flight Read more […]

Flooding down the Missouri River
Jul 20, 2011Landsat Satellites Track Continued Missouri River Flooding

Flooding along the Missouri River continues as shown Read more […]

Missouri River surrounding Omaha
Jul 6, 2011Landsat 5 Captures Missouri River Flooding Near Omaha

Landsat 5 captured an image of flooding occurring Read more […]

Souris River
Jun 28, 2011Landsat Images Reveal Extent of Historic North Dakota Flooding

Heavy rains in Canada caused historic flooding in Read more […]

Wallow North Fire in east central Arizona
Jun 16, 2011Landsat 5 Satellite Helps Emergency Managers Fight Largest Fire in Arizona History

Contributor: Rob Gutro, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center The Read more […]

flooding near Vicksburg, MS
Jun 11, 2011Landsat 5 Satellite Sees Mississippi River Floodwaters Lingering

In a Landsat 5 satellite image captured June Read more […]

Wallow Fire in Arizona
Jun 9, 2011Arizona Wildfire Sweeps Through Apache National Forest

Source: Jan Nelson, USGS / Rob Gutro, NASA Goddard Space Read more […]

Sturbridge, MA
Jun 8, 2011Landsat 5 Sees Tornado Track near Sturbridge, Massachusetts

Source: Michon Scott, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center On Read more […]

May 19, 2011Landsat Offers Stunning Comparison Of Flooding

Extreme rainfall and heavy snowmelt have combined this Read more […]

Mississippi River
May 13, 2011Landsat Images Display Extreme Mississippi River Flooding

Recent Landsat satellite data captured by the USGS Read more […]

Apr 13, 2011Understanding Disaster Aftermath in Japan

Contributors: Laura Rocchio and Julia Barsi After the Read more […]

Yellowstone National Park and the Shoshone National Forest in Wyoming
Sep 8, 2010Landsat Reveal Surprising Connection Between Beetle Attacks, Wildfire

If your summer travels have taken you across the Rocky Read more […]

Nov 18, 2009Evaluating Mangroves After the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami

During the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, more Read more […]

Landsat images
Jan 12, 2009Landsat Sees Wetland and Barrier Island Loss from Hurricane Gustav

Contributor: Rob Gutro Hurricane Gustav made landfall Read more […]

Burma: Post-Flood Rice Impact Analysis
Jul 9, 2008USDA FAS Uses GIS, MODIS, and Landsat to Monitor Rice Production in Burma

Source: ESRI Press Release, Redlands, California, USA Subsequent Read more […]

NASA Data Helps Pinpoint Impacted Populations in Disaster Aftermath
Jun 12, 2008NASA Data Helps Pinpoint Impacted Populations in Disaster Aftermath

Contact: Gretchen Cook-Anderson, NASA/GSFC When Read more […]

satellite-detected flood waters
May 7, 2008Landsat Satellite Imagery Used to Assess the Impact of Burma’s Cyclone Nargis

Contact: Janice Nelson, USGS USGS is providing Landsat Read more […]

The devastation of southern Gulf Coast forests by Hurricane Katrina was documented in before-and-after images from the Landsat 5 satellite.
Nov 15, 2007Landsat Helps Show That Forests Damaged by Hurricane Katrina Become Major Carbon Source

With the help of Landsat and MODIS data, a research Read more […]

Grecian fires
Sep 26, 2007Greeks Get Space-Based Help In Wake of Deadly Fires

Contributor: European Space Agency (ESA) Cleanup Read more […]

Alabaugh Canyon Fire
Jul 27, 2007Landsat and ASTER Provide Images of Alabaugh Canyon Fire to Emergency Responders

Contributor: Janice Nelson Satellite View Useful For Read more […]

map of Mississippi River Delta
Oct 3, 2006Using Landsat, USGS Reports Post-Katrina and Rita Land Change Estimates for Louisiana Coast

A new peer-reviewed analysis of land change data from Read more […]