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.

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.

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.

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Dec 12, 2016Landsat Abounds at #AGU16

Over 375 presentations at this year’s AGU Fall feature Landsat.

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Dec 14, 2015Landsat at the 2015 AGU Fall Meeting

At this year’s AGU Fall meeting over 325 presentations feature research done using Landsat data. The Landsat-related papers and posters run the gamut of disciplines from cryosphere to biogeoscience to hydrology to global environmental change to natural hazards to informatics.

Curtis Woodcock
Jul 30, 2015Landsat Science Team Meeting Held

The U.S. Geological Survey hosted the most recent Landsat Science Team Meeting at the Earth Resources Observation and Science Data Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota from July 7–9. On the first day presentations on the project status were given; this was followed by a day and a half of science presentations by the science team. USGS has made all of the presentations available online.

Fremont Lake Basin
Mar 23, 2015Historical Satellite Images Reveal Snow is Melting Earlier in Wyoming

A NASA study of a basin in northwestern Wyoming revealed that the snowmelt season in the area is now ending on average about sixteen days earlier than it did from the 1970s through the 1990s.

From the River to the Sea
Dec 18, 2014From the River to the Sea

A pulse of water released down the lower reaches of the Colorado River last spring resulted in more than a 40 percent increase in green vegetation where the water flowed, as seen by the Landsat 8 satellite. The March 2014 release of water – an experimental flow implemented under a U.S.-Mexico agreement called “Minute 319” – reversed a 12-year decline in the greenness along the delta.

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.

LDCM launch
May 8, 2013Commissioning the Landsat Data Continuity Mission

May 8, 2013 • On the beautifully clear Monday morning of Feb. 11, 2013, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission made its way from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base to low Earth orbit. The more than 1,000 Landsat scientists, engineers, data users, and fans gathered to watch the launch breathed a collective sigh of relief as […]

Landsat Science Team, Feb. 2013
Mar 6, 2013Landsat Science Team Meeting Held

Mar 6, 2013 • A Landsat Science Team Meeting was held from February 10–14, 2013 at the Santa Ynez Marriott in Buellton, Calif in conjunction with the Feb. 11 launch of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission satellite launch. Science team members received briefings and reviews on the launch, finalized their post-launch data evaluation plans, and […]

Feb 8, 2013Pre-Launch Press Conference Held

Feb 8, 2013 • A prelaunch news conference featuring NASA and USGS scientists was held on Feb. 8 at the Vandenberg AFB in California, where the launch of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission, LDCM, is scheduled for Feb 11. LDCM will extend global land observations critical in many areas, such as energy and water management, […]

Jan 7, 2013Science Team Presentations Available

Jan 7, 2013 • The USGS has released presentations given by the Landsat Science Team members during the last Science Team Meeting in Washington, D.C. (December 12 -13, 2012) which detail their research objectives and plans. Source: USGS Landsat Project + See presentations

Cladophora on shore of N. Manitou Island
Sep 26, 2012Using Landsat to Map Cladophora in the Great Lakes

Sep 26, 2012 • Cladophora, a nuisance, native green algae that grows attached to solid substrate in all of the Laurentian Great Lakes, has expanded its range partially due to invasive quagga and zebra mussels. During significant storm events it detaches and washes up on lakeshore beaches, causing outbreaks of avian botulism as it decays. […]

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Aug 28, 2012Landsat Data Bit by Bit: What Goes into Getting it Right

Aug 28, 2012 • The great strength of Landsat data is its long record, the ability to look at our planet over the past 40 years and see what changes man and nature have wrought. Some change is visually staggering such as large tracks of deforestation or center-pivot irrigation fields appearing in a desert; but […]

Aug 20, 2012Landsat Shows Yellowstone Burn Recovery

Aug 20, 2012 • 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. Within a year, burn scars cast a sharp outline on the 793,880 acres affected by fire, distinguishing wide sections of recovering forest, meadows, grasslands and wetlands from […]

Pine Island Glacier
Apr 19, 2012Landsat Shows West Antarctic Ice Shelves Tearing Apart at the Seams

Apr 19, 2012 • A new study examining nearly 40 years of satellite imagery has revealed that the floating ice shelves of a critical portion of West Antarctica are steadily losing their grip on adjacent bay walls, potentially amplifying an already accelerating loss of ice to the sea. The most extensive record yet of the […]

Pinnacle III reef in Discovery Bay
Jan 26, 2012Detecting Detrimental Change in Coral Reefs

Over dinner on R.V. Calypso while anchored on the lee side of Glover’s Reef in Belize, Jacques Cousteau told Phil Dustan that he suspected humans were having a negative impact on coral reefs.

Study Shows More Shrubbery in a Warming World
Dec 9, 2011Study Shows More Shrubbery in a Warming World

Dec 9, 2011 • Scientists have used satellite data from NASA-built Landsat missions to confirm that more than 20 years of warming temperatures in northern Quebec, Canada, have resulted in an increase in the amount and extent of shrubs and grasses. “For the first time, we’ve been able to map this change in detail, and […]

Kirtland's Warbler
Dec 9, 2011Satellite Data Shows that Kirtland’s Warblers Prefer Forests After Fire

Dec 9, 2011 • Kirtland’s warblers are an endangered species of lightweight little birds with bright yellow-bellies that summer in North America and winter in the Bahamas. But be it their winter or their summer home, a new study using data from NASA-built Landsat satellites shows that these warblers like to live in young forests […]