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.

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

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

Adelie penguin colonies
Dec 12, 2018Determining Penguin Diet with Landsat (and Piles of Poo)

Scientists are now able to determine what penguins are eating from space.

Salt marsh on Assateague Island
Dec 11, 2018Mapping Long-term Salt Marsh Change with Landsat

This research identified the Delmarva as an area of significant salt marsh loss over the last three decades.

oyster reef
Dec 10, 2018Investigating the Ecosystem Services Provided by Oysters

There is evidence of oyster reefs driving estuary-scale detention of freshwater in the Suwannee Sound.

Mojave National Preserve
Dec 10, 2018Shrub and Grass Vegetation Declining Across Great Basin

Across the Great Basin from 1984-2016, shrub and grass vegetation are declining.

sagebrush
Nov 29, 2018Post-fire Sagebrush Recovery Looks to Landsat Time Series Data for Solutions

USGS scientists are working with the Landsat-based NLCD shrubland dataset to help land managers restore native sagebrush landscapes.

muskrat
Nov 26, 2018Stanford Researchers Find That a Drying Canadian Delta has Driven Muskrat Population Decline

Stanford research shows the drying trend in Canada’s Peace-Athabasca Delta is linked to the long-term decline in populations of the semi-aquatic muskrat.

Despite Recovery, Widespread Evidence of Deforestation Remains a Half-Century Later
Nov 1, 2018Despite Recovery, Widespread Evidence of Deforestation Remains a Half-Century Later

The patterns of large-scale tropical deforestation endure across landscapes, even after more than a half-century of tropical rainforest expansion and growth.

river winding through Amazonia
Sep 6, 2018Landsat Used To Predict Tree Species Distributions in Peruvian Lowland Amazonia

Researchers have succeeded in producing distribution maps for a selection of important tropical tree species in Peruvian lowland Amazonia.

Flinders River estuary at low tide
Sep 1, 2018Reading the Tides: Monitoring Estuarine Habitats in Northern Australia with Landsat

Australian researchers have used Landsat imagery to map coastal habitats critical to threatened and migratory species in northern Australia.

Osa Peninsula land use change
Aug 31, 2018Evaluating Effects of Land Use Change on Watershed Health and Carbon Sequestration in Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula

This project used Landsat 5 and Landsat 8 data to create land use maps to analyze change in riparian case study areas.

Suwannee River entering Gulf of Mexico
Aug 30, 2018Where Rivers Meet the Sea—Envisioning Science with Landsat

A Landsat 8 image of the Suwannee River meeting the Gulf of Mexico took first place in this year’s Envisioning Science image competition held by NC State.

map of mangroves in REMAP
Jul 27, 2018App Helps Ecologists Map Vulnerable Ecosystems Within Minutes

A mapmaking app that can fast-track large-scale ecosystem analysis from months to minutes.

Landsat, Sentinel Harmony Effort Shows Promising Results in Great Basin
Jun 12, 2018Landsat, Sentinel Harmony Effort Shows Promising Results in Great Basin

New research from EROS on dryland phenology, is poised to aid land managers’ fight against invasive, fire-prone species that wreak havoc on native landscapes.

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.

erosion along Alaska's coastline
May 29, 2018New Study Provides the First Comprehensive, Long-term Look at Alaska’s Changing Ecosystems

This is the first study to document more than three decades of land and water changes across Alaska.

dead red gum trees
May 29, 2018Rain Showers, Flowers, and Floods—Understanding How Vegetation Responds to Flooding and Drought in Australia’s Breadbasket

Using a quarter century of Landsat data, geospatial researchers have mapped and modeled how vegetation responds to water availability across the entire Murray-Darling Basin.

Rocky Mountain National Park
Apr 27, 2018Watching A Quarter Century of North American Forest Dynamics with Landsat

Annual maps of the lower-48 United States produced from Landsat satellite data illustrate how these dynamic systems changed from 1986-2010.