Tolhuaca National Park
Nov 13, 2018Looking at Burn Severity and Post-Fire Forest Regeneration in Chile’s Andean Cordillera, Home to the Monkey Puzzle Tree

The first study that connects field-measured data with satellite-derived burn severity in this corner of the world.

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.

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.

Large fire burn scar in Yellowstone after 1988 fires
Aug 20, 2018Landsat Sees 30 Years of Yellowstone Recovery from 1988 Fires

A combination of lightning, drought and human activity caused fires to scorch more than one-third of Yellowstone National Park in the summer of 1988.

results of mega fire
Jul 25, 2018Fires, Floods and Satellite Views: Modeling the Boreal Forest’s Future

The 2014 megafires in Canada’s Northwest Territories burned 7 million acres of forest, making it one of the most severe fire events in Canadian history.

Pedro Oliveira in the Amazon
Jun 22, 2018Calculating Forest Biomass Using LiDAR, Landsat 8, and Sentinel-2

SDSU post-doc Pedro Oliveira is integrating remote sensing data from airborne LiDAR and Landsat 8 and Sentinel-2 satellites to map the height of the Brazilian Amazon forest canopy.

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.

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.

before and after mangrove images
Apr 13, 2018NASA Mapping Hurricane Damage to Everglades and Puerto Rico Forests

Last spring, NASA researchers flew over the Everglades and Puerto Rico to measure how mangroves and rainforests grow and evolve over time, then hurricanes Irma and Maria struck.

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.

Warren Cohen
Feb 26, 2018USGS Video: Landsat in Action—Forestry Research with Warren Cohen

Warren Cohen from the USDA Forest Service talks about the value of Landsat’s long history of observations in monitoring and assessing forests.

Mike Wulder
Jan 16, 2018USGS Video: Landsat in Action—Monitoring Canada’s Forest with Mike Wulder

In this USGS Landsat in Action video Mike Wulder of Canada’s Forest Service talks about the value Landsat images have for mapping and monitoring Canada’s forested areas.

Hankui Zhang
Jan 11, 2018Satellite-based Program to More Accurately Identify Land Cover

A new program uses Landsat satellite data to automatically categorize what’s on the ground more accurately than other land cover products.

Harvested and burned forests of Canada from 1985-2010
Nov 6, 2017Tracking Forest Change in Canada

Researchers used a time series of data from Landsat satellites to quantify areas burned or harvested across Canada.

GEO Announces Major Milestone Reached in Forest Monitoring from Space
Oct 1, 2017GEO Announces Major Milestone Reached in Forest Monitoring from Space

Thanks to a major effort to ensure full satellite coverage of the world’s forests, all countries now have the necessary data for annual forest monitoring for the first time ever.

trees in Myanmar
May 17, 2017Myanmar’s Extensive Forests Are Declining Rapidly

The loss of intact forest cover in Myanmar has accelerated in the past decade, according to a study by Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientists and partners.

forest near Mt. Rainer
May 16, 2017“Listening to Landscapes” Wins Science’s People Choice Award for 2017 Data Stories Contest

The data animation based on LandTrendr-derived land cover change illustrates the effects of political boundaries on forest cover as well as the relationship between insect infestations and forest fire behavior.

Chesapeake Bay tributary
May 2, 2017Revolutionizing Land Cover and Land Change Research

A new initiative called Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection provides definitive, timely information on how, why, and where the planet is changing.

Map of harvest and wildfire forest changes in Canada
Apr 10, 2017Canada’s Forests Return Following Disturbance

Tens-of-thousands of Landsat images representing billions of pixels, were used by White and co-authors to map forest wildfire and harvesting on an annual basis and to then characterize the return of forest vegetation following the disturbance.

Uncertainty at the Forest's Edge
Dec 16, 2016Uncertainty at the Forest’s Edge

What edge effect means for U.S. southeastern forests.