Landsat in Action
Sep 1, 2018USGS Video: Landsat in Action—Water Use with Molly Maupin and Gabriel Senay

Find out how Landsat imagery has been used by the National Water Census and in studying water use trends.

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.

MSS v. RBV image
Jul 26, 2018USGS Landsat Video: The Progress of Landsat Sensor Technology

Landsat sensor technology has come a long way since the days of the Return Beam Vidicon cameras on the first three Landsat satellites.

L7 MOC opening photo
Jul 18, 2018USGS, NASA Officials Cut Ribbon on New Landsat 7 Flight Operations Center

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Landsat 7 Mission Operations Center (MOC) at the Goddard Space Flight Center was held this month.

image of Glacier Bay
Jul 11, 2018Avalanches Becoming More Frequent and Powerful in Alaska, Landsat Shows

As global temperatures rise, melting permafrost is expected to cause more frequent and hazardous landslides.

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.

Jeff Masek
Apr 23, 2018USGS Video: Landsat in Action—The Accuracy of Landsat with Jeff Masek

Landsat 9 Project Scientist Jeff Masek discusses the ways Landsat data is used and how important it is to have high quality data.

Patrick Hostert
Apr 18, 2018USGS Video: Landsat in Action—Studying Phenology with Patrick Hostert

Patrick Hostert from the University of Berlin discusses the value of Landsat’s long archive to studying phenology.

Brian Markham
Feb 27, 2018USGS Video: Landsat In Action—Landsat’s Calibration and Validation

Engineers and scientists from both Landsat and Sentinel missions talk about working together to calibrate observation data and validate its quality to improve the science using these resources.

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.

Landsat 8
Feb 9, 2018Seeing Earth From Space Never Gets Old: Five Years of Landsat 8

Landsat 8 continues a streak of engineering and science success unmatched in spaceflight.

Martha Anderson
Feb 5, 2018USGS Video: Landsat in Action—Monitoring Crop Land with Martha Anderson

Martha Anderson talks about the value of Landsat and its thermal data for understanding agricultural lands.

Leif Olmanson
Jan 30, 2018USGS Video: Landsat in Action—Minnesota Lakes with Leif Olmanson

Leif Olmanson talks about the value of Landsat data for monitoring the thousands of lakes in Minnesota.

Barbara Ryan
Jan 23, 2018USGS Video: Landsat in Action—Free & Open Landsat Archive with Barbara Ryan

Barbara Ryan, Director of GEO talks about the distribution of Landsat data.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mt. St. Helens, 37 Years of Recovery
May 18, 2017Mt. St. Helens, 37 Years of Recovery

In the decades since the Mount St. Helens eruption, scientists have studied the recovery of the ecosystem around the mountain using the Landsat series of satellites.

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.

Heimdal Glacier
Dec 23, 2016Landsat Provides Global View of Speed of Ice

Scientists are providing a near-real-time view of every large glacier and ice sheet on Earth with Landsat 8.

Mike Wulder
Jul 12, 2016Landsat & Lasers: Your Job is to Monitor 860 Million Acres of Forest, Go!

Landsat Science Team member, Mike Wulder, spoke with the International Boreal Forest Research Association last year during their May 2015 conference in Rovaniemi, Finland.

wheat
Jun 27, 2016Agriculture: The View From Space

The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations published an audio article about using geospatial data, including Landsat, to monitor would agriculture on soundcloud.

bird
May 16, 2016Landsat Helps Feed Tired And Hungry Birds

The BirdReturns program, created by The Nature Conservancy of California, is an effort to provide “pop-up habitats” for some of the millions of shorebirds, such as sandpipers and plovers, that migrate each year from their summer breeding grounds in Alaska and Canada to their winter habitats in California, Mexico, Central and South America.

Tom Loveland
May 11, 2016What’s the Big Idea? — Charting Change from the Skies

Tom Loveland, research scientist with the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center, explains how he uses data — both past and present — to help scientists, natural resource managers, and the public better understand how the face of the planet is shifting and what that change means.

D.C. covered in snow
Jan 26, 2016Landsat Sees a Blizzard, January 24, 2016

On January 24, 2016 Landsat 8 acquired a clear view—from South Carolina to Pennsylvania—the day after a blizzard covered much of the eastern United States in snow. Watch as more than 620 miles (1,000 km) of landscape are shown in detail.

Jan 5, 2016Mosquito Meets MODIS & Landsat: South Dakota Fights West Nile Virus

Source: NASA Video @ YouTube   South Dakota Read more […]

Ayse Kilic (University of Nebraska)
Oct 14, 2015Tracking Agricultural Water Use on a Smartphone

This fall scientists at the University of Nebraska, with partners at Google Inc., the University of Idaho and the Desert Research Institute, introduced the latest evolution of METRIC technology—an application called EEFLUX, which will allow anyone in the world to produce field-scale maps of water consumption.

shorebirds
Sep 24, 2015Landsat Helps Feed the Birds

The BirdReturns program, created by The Nature Conservancy of California, is an effort to provide “pop-up habitats” for some of the millions of shorebirds, such as sandpipers and plovers, that migrate each year from their summer breeding grounds in Alaska and Canada to their winter habitats in California, Mexico, Central and South America. The route takes the birds along what’s called the Pacific Flyway, where they seek out the increasingly rare wetlands teeming with tasty insects to fuel their long-distance flights.

ISU team in the field
Aug 7, 2015A Landsat-based Tool to Track Cheatgrass, Monitor Potential Wildfire Hazard

Landsat 8 imagery is being used to identify increased wildfire susceptibility due to the invasion of cheatgrass on rangelands.

ESA Earth from Space screenshot
Jun 19, 2015ESA’s Earth From Space Features a Landsat 8 Image of San Francisco Bay

The European Space Agency’s Earth from Space, presented Read more […]

Virginia wine country
May 20, 2015Landsat Helping in Virginia Wine Country

The Virginia Wine Board partnered with Wise DEVELOP to map the extension of Virginia vineyards. Vineyard extent was measured using data from Landsat 8 Operational Land Imager (OLI).

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.

Elephant Foot Glacier
Feb 18, 2015Landsat Goes Over The Top: A Long View of the Arctic

On February 11, 2013, the Landsat 8 satellite rocketed into space to extend a four-decade legacy of Earth observations. A few months after launch, we published a composite of images that spanned 9,000 kilometers of land from Russia to South Africa. In celebration of the satellite’s second anniversary, the mosaic concept returns with a chilly twist, this time featuring a slice of the Arctic Circle.

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.

Kamchatka volcanoes
Nov 14, 2014Kamchatka: The Erupting Peninsula

Explorer Stepan Krasheninnikov first pointed it out in 1755: “Perhaps there is no other region in the world where so many volcanoes and hot springs are to be found in so small a space as here on Kamchatka.” There may not be another land mass on Earth where so many volcanoes and hot springs are crammed into so little space. Situated along the Pacific Coast of Russia, the Kamchatka Peninsula is part of the Ring of Fire, one of the most geologically active zones on the planet. More than 300 volcanoes dot the peninsula, including 29 active ones. And the volcanoes are as diverse–in shape, size, geologic formations, and eruptive styles–as they are numerous.

2011 Miss. River flood
Jul 22, 2014Landsat’s Global Perspective

On July 23rd, 1972, the first Landsat spacecraft launched into orbit. At the time, it was called “Earth Resources Technology Satellite,” or ERTS, and was the first satellite to use a scanning spectrophotometer. Previous satellites relied on film cameras (ejecting the exposed film to be caught by planes) or transmitted the signal from television cameras. The scanning sensor and its successor sensors on subsequent Landsat satellites revolutionized how we study our home planet.

Moon above Earth
Jul 11, 2014Landsat Looks to the Moon

Every full moon, Landsat 8 turns its back on Earth. As the satellite’s orbit takes it to the nighttime side of the planet, Landsat 8 pivots to point at the moon. It scans the distant lunar surface multiple times, then flips back around to continue its task of collecting land-cover information of the sunny side of Earth below. These monthly lunar scans are key to ensuring the land-imaging instrument aboard Landsat 8 is detecting light consistently. For a well-known and stable source of light, nothing on our planet beats the moon, which lacks an atmosphere and has an unchanging surface, barring the odd meteorite.

Rebecca Moore
Jul 2, 2014Maps for Good: Saving Trees and Saving Lives with Petapixel-Scale Computing

Google has leveraged the massive amount of data collected about our planet from space over the last four-plus decades—Landsat being one of the key data sets. In this video, Google Earth Engine founder Rebecca Moore shares how Google Earth began and some of the ways it can be used to make sense of decades and petabytes worth of data.

NLCD partner contributions
May 23, 2014A Look at National Land Cover Database 2011

This 40-minute video presentation by Dr. Collin Homer, from the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center (EROS), gives an overview of the latest version of the National Land Cover Database—NLCD 2011—its current status, future plans, and applications examples.

Screen Capture from 1977 video
May 22, 20141977 Video: Landsat—Satellite for all Seasons

This 1977 NASA video series, “Landsat—Satellite for All Seasons,” provides examples of early Landsat applications.

Landsat Reserchers, 1973
May 8, 2014Landsat Video From the Archives

The Landsat program is the longest continuous global record of Earth observations from space—ever. On July 23, 1972 NASA launched the first satellite in this program, then known as ERTS, the Earth Resources Technology Satellite and later renamed Landsat 1. In 2012, for the 40th birthday of Landsat, NASA edited together selections of an archive video from 1973 about the ERTS launch. Featured in this 1973 video was a senior geologist at NASA, Nicholas Short, and at Dartmouth College, Robert Simpson and David Lindgren. NASA and the U.S. Department of the Interior through the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) jointly manage Landsat, and the USGS preserves a more than 40-year archive of Landsat images that is freely available over the Internet.

Landsat Orbital Swath
Feb 19, 2014Round She Goes: Landsat’s Orbital Swath

As a Landsat satellite flies over the surface of the Earth the instruments aboard the satellite are able to view a swath 185 kilometers wide and collect images along that swath as the satellite proceeds through its orbit. The spacecraft travels at approximately 4.7 miles per second. The satellite travels from north to south while it’s over the sunlit portion of the Earth, and travels south to north over the dark side of the Earth. One orbit takes about 99 minutes, so that’s about approximately 15 orbits in a 24 hour period.

S. Covington
Jan 24, 2014How to Manage a Satellite Going 17K MPH

Covington tells the story of Landsat 5, which was launched in 1984 for a three-year lifetime and was kept alive for nearly 29 years through ingenuity and luck.