January 2018


Tom Loveland
Jan 12, 2018Landsat Science Team Co-chair Talks to SDPB Radio

Tom Loveland spoke with reporter Cara Hetland from South Dakota Public Broadcasting about his role as co-chair of the Landsat Science Team and the team itself.

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.

John Schott
Jan 9, 2018USGS Video: Landsat in Action—Tracking Water Changes with John Schott

John Schott discusses using Landsat Data over the years and how its thermal data tracks temperature changes in water bodies.

Adam Lewis
Jan 2, 2018USGS Video: Landsat in Action — Open Data in Australia with Adam Lewis

Adam Lewis talks about the value of Landsat data, the importance of free and open policy, and how analysis ready data is advancing earth observing science.

peatland in Sumatra
Dec 28, 2017Open Digital Mapping For Assessing Carbon Storage in Tropical Peatlands

Tropical peatland can be mapped accurately using freely-available remote sensing data and open source software.

Kelp
Dec 21, 2017Thousands of Citizen-Scientists Help Researchers Map Kelp Forests

Kelp forests are beautiful but fragile habitats for a wide array of plant and animal species.

USGS and NASA Select New Landsat Science Team
Dec 15, 2017USGS and NASA Select New Landsat Science Team

The USGS and NASA have selected the scientists and engineers who will serve on the next Landsat Science Team.

ice on vitus lake, bering glacier
Dec 15, 2017Traveling Back in Time to Follow Glacier Trends with IceTrendr

Revealing the dynamic nature of glaciers.

Fox glacier
Dec 15, 2017Taking Inventory of New Zealand’s Glaciers

Glaciers have been receeding rapidly in many parts of the world, including New Zealand.

clearcut mangrove in Tanzania
Dec 15, 2017Global Mangrove Mapping with Landsat

The area of mangrove wetlands around the world has been declining over recent decades.

River Findhorn
Dec 14, 2017Measuring the Wide World of Rivers

Using Landsat to measure river widths around the world.

Andrew Elmore
Dec 14, 2017USGS Video: Landsat in Action—Changing Forest Phenology with Andrew Elmore

Elmore delves into the changing phenology of forests and how that impacts the amount of carbon dioxide going into the atmosphere.

tidal marshes
Dec 14, 2017Calculating Carbon: Tidal Marsh Contributions

Modeling the aboveground biomass and carbon of tidal marshes across the U.S.

kelp on Falkland Islands
Dec 14, 2017Floating Forests: Citizen Scientists are Mapping Giant Kelp with Landsat

Learn more about the huge citizen science kelp mapping endeavor called Floating Forests.

clear water in Florida Keys
Dec 13, 2017What Lies Beneath: Mapping Benthic Habitats with Landsat

A method for mapping coral reefs or other benthic habitats over time.

wetlands in Baylands Nature Preserve
Dec 13, 2017How Much Swamp Are We Talking Here?
Towards Better Mapping of Coastal Wetlands


Ways to better estimate the greenhouse gas contributions of wetlands.

Murray River
Dec 13, 2017Graphing a Path to Survival: Habitat Connectivity in Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin

Quantifying the impact of historic land-use and hydroclimatic variability on landscape connectivity dynamics across Australia’s breadbasket.

birth of iceberg A-68
Dec 12, 2017How Scientists Watched the Larsen C Ice Shelf Give Birth to an Iceberg in the Polar Night

Using Landsat 8's thermal data to monitor calving events in Antarctica.

How Do Coastal Marshes Respond to Climate Change?
Dec 12, 2017How Do Coastal Marshes Respond to Climate Change?

Using Landsat data from 1984-2014 to investigate the blue carbon change in Louisiana's coastal marshes.

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

Using Earth Observation data to monitor volcanic eruptions.

An example HLS product
Dec 12, 2017Using Landsat and Sentinel-2 Data in Harmony

HLS offers a seamless data set of surface reflectance observations.

Nunavut, Canada
Dec 11, 2017Water in Flux—Monitoring Shifting Water Body Sizes in Canada

Monitoring surface water trends in North Western Canada.

Palo Verde diversion dam
Dec 11, 2017Farm Crops for City Drops: Assessing Water Right Transfers With Landsat

Thirty-one years of observed water use trends in the Southwestern U.S.

Sarasota Bridge
Dec 11, 2017Shedding Light on Watershed Management Priorities

Learn more about a water quality modeling tool known as SPARROW.

AGU logo
Dec 10, 2017Landsat at #AGU17

Over 400 presentations at the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting featured Landsat.

Landsat 9 Passes Key Decision Point C, Moves on to Implementation Phase
Dec 7, 2017Landsat 9 Passes Key Decision Point C, Moves on to Implementation Phase

Landsat 9 has entered its implementation phase.

Landsat 9 Ground Network Element Reaches Successful Milestone
Dec 5, 2017Landsat 9 Ground Network Element Reaches Successful Milestone

The Landsat 9 Ground Network Element's Preliminary Design Review took place on November 30, 2017.

Darrel Williams
Nov 15, 2017USGS-NASA Pecora Award Recognizes Excellence in Earth Observation

Two awardees have been presented with the 2017 William T. Pecora Award for achievements in Earth remote sensing.

global cropland distribution
Nov 14, 2017New Landsat-Based Map of Worldwide Croplands Supports Food and Water Security

A new map was released today detailing croplands worldwide in the highest resolution yet.

Uncharted globes on display
Nov 14, 2017Uncharted Exhibit in Sioux Falls

This week at the Pecora 20 conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Uncharted, a cartographic art installation, will be on display.

visual explanation of the ARD data set
Nov 8, 2017Significant Milestone in Improving Usability of Landsat Satellite Data

Improvements to the quality and usability of Landsat satellite data have been made with the release of a new USGS product called Landsat Analysis Ready Data.

elephants
Nov 7, 2017Researchers Explore Causes of Land Cover Change in African Savannas

This study examined Landsat satellite data from the past 30 years to track broad land cover change in the Chobe district of Northern Botswana.

Looking at Earth From Space, Landsat Style
Nov 6, 2017Looking at Earth From Space, Landsat Style

A presentation focused on Landsat's history.

Alan Belward
Nov 6, 2017Landsat Talks—The Karkheh River as Seen by Landsat 1993-2002

Dr. Alan Belward describes water changes around Iran's Karkheh River between 1993-2002.

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.

banding on a TIRS (Band 10) image
Oct 31, 2017Landsat 8 Thermal Data Ghost-Free After Stray Light Exorcism

Montanaro and Gerace’s stray light “exorcism” has now placed the Landsat 8 thermal bands in-line with the accuracy of the previous (ghost-free) Landsat thermal instruments.

Republican River's South Fork
Oct 20, 2017How Much Water Flows into Ag Irrigation? Landsat Knows

Researchers detail their use of satellite images to produce annual maps of irrigation.

Atlas V 401 rocket diagram
Oct 19, 2017NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Landsat 9 Mission

NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC (ULS) of Centennial, Colorado, to provide launch services for the Landsat 9 mission.

Alan Belward
Oct 18, 2017USGS Video: Landsat in Action—Interview with Alan Belward

Alan Belward from the European Union's Joint Research Center discusses how Landsat helps his team promote sustainable development.

Landsat image of Antarctica
Oct 18, 2017USGS Video: Landsat In Action—Interview with Ted Scambos

Ted Scambos, Lead Scientist at the National Snow & Ice Data Center, talks about the roll of Landsat in his research studying polar regions.

2017 bloom in Lake Erie
Oct 17, 2017Mapcap Recap: Landsat in the News

Very brief summaries and links to some of the more fascinating Landsat news and blog posts out there.

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.

OLI-2
Sep 29, 2017Landsat 9’s OLI-2 Instrument Takes Shape

OLI-2 is being built by Ball Aerospace in Boulder, Colorado.

Water map of portion of Amazon
Sep 28, 2017Mapping the World’s Most Precious Resource:
Landsat Science Team Member Gives Surface Water TEDx Talk


This TEDx talk explains Belward's work which utilizes the Landsat data archive to map surface water movement around the globe.

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.

Landsat Analysis Ready Data Coming Soon
Sep 25, 2017Landsat Analysis Ready Data Coming Soon

A fundamental goal for Landsat ARD is to significantly reduce the magnitude of data processing for application scientists.

rock outcropping on Fleming Glacier
Sep 25, 2017Wind, Warm Water Revved Up Melting Antarctic Glaciers

A NASA study has located the Antarctic glaciers that accelerated the fastest between 2008 and 2014 and finds that the most likely cause of their speedup is an observed influx of warm water into the bay where they're located.

A timeline of Landsat 9 mission development and lifecycle.
Sep 18, 2017Landsat 9 Preliminary Design Review Successfully Completed

The mission team demonstrated to an independent Standing Review Board that all design plans for the Landsat 9 mission are both sound and well integrated.

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.

Upcoming Landsat 9 Preliminary Design Review
Sep 12, 2017Upcoming Landsat 9 Preliminary Design Review

The Landsat 9 Preliminary Design Review (PDR) is scheduled for September 12-14, 2017.