December 2017

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.

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.

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.

temporal revisit, i.e. data for HLS
Sep 8, 2017Latest Harmonized Landsat Sentinel-2 (HLS) Version Released

When Landsat 8 and Sentinel-2 data are used together observations can be more timely and accurate.

map of study area
Sep 7, 2017Finding Baltimore’s Mosquito Hotspots with Help from Landsat

High levels of residential abandonment and unchecked vegetation growth in low-income neighborhoods are strong indicators of mosquito prevalence. Higher income neighborhoods are also susceptible to mosquito-borne disease due to the presence of [...]

American Oyster
Aug 24, 2017Oyster Prospecting with Landsat 8

In the first study of its kind, researchers from the University of Maine have demonstrated that Landsat 8 satellite data can be used to find locations where oysters farms should thrive.

Chris Shuman
Aug 16, 2017On Iceberg Watch with Landsat’s Night-Vision

NASA Goddard research scientist Chris Shuman spoke recently to National Geographic about Delaware-sized iceberg that broke away from the Larsen C ice shelf last month.

cover of Landsat Legacy book
Aug 15, 2017Coming This Fall: Publication of Landsat Legacy Book

A seminal work on the nearly half-century of monitoring Earth’s lands with Landsat will be published this year.

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.

Landsat 9 Spacecraft Development on Schedule
Aug 10, 2017Landsat 9 Spacecraft Development on Schedule

The Landsat 9 spacecraft is on track and meeting all of the system and schedule requirements needed for the mission’s planned Dec. 2020 launch.

artist rendering of early Landsat in orbit
Jul 29, 201745 Years of Landsat

This week we celebrated the 45th anniversary of the Landsat 1 launch.

Landsat image of Larsen C ice shelf.
Jul 27, 2017Looking at Larsen C Fracture Mechanics with Landsat

The large rift that eventually formed iceberg A68 initially broke through a suture zone in the southern part of the ice shelf that had previously stabilized neighboring rifts for at least 80 years.

thermal image of Larsen C
Jul 25, 2017Landsat ‘Sees in the Dark’ the Evolution of Antarctica’s Delaware-sized Iceberg

The Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) on Landsat 8 captured a new snap of the 2,240-square-mile iceberg that split off from the Antarctic Peninsula’s Larsen C ice shelf on July 10-12.

Landsat Science Team
Jul 20, 2017Summer Landsat Science Team Meeting Held

USGS has made all meeting presentations available on the USGS Landsat website.

Larsen C ice crack
Jul 13, 2017Massive Iceberg Breaks Off from Antarctica

The iceberg is about the size of Delaware.

Landsat 8 image
Jul 6, 20177 Million Landsat Scenes and Counting!

The Landsat archive has now surpassed 7 million scenes since Landsat 1 first began collecting data in July 1972.

Stan Freden with Landsat 1 model
Jun 30, 2017Celebrating Forty-Five Years of Landsat Acquisitions

It was the first Earth-observing satellite to be launched with the specific intent to study and monitor our planet’s landmasses.

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.

Landsat 9 Mission Operations Contract Awarded
Jun 22, 2017Landsat 9 Mission Operations Contract Awarded

General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) of Scottsdale, Arizona has been selected as the contractor responsible for Landsat 9 Mission Operations.

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.

Timeline of the Landsat Program
Jun 14, 2017Requesting Input on Future Landsat Requirements

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is requesting information from the land imaging community for user requirements for future Landsat systems.