Nevada farmer Denise Moyle
Sep 15, 2020Transforming Water Management in the U.S. West with Satellite Data

A new web-based platform called OpenET will soon be putting satellite data in the hands of farmers, water managers and conservation groups to accelerate improvements and innovations in water management.

Lake Imja
Aug 31, 2020Global Survey Using Landsat Shows Dramatic Growth of Glacial Lakes

Using 30 years of Landsat data, researchers have found that the volume of glacial lakes worldwide has increased by about 50% since 1990.

Landsat 8 image of Río Cauto Delta
Aug 18, 2020NASA Study Maps the Roots of Global Mangrove Loss

Using Landsat, researchers have created the first map of the causes of change in global mangrove habitats between 2000 and 2016—a valuable tool to aid conservation efforts for these vital coastline defenders.

Liza Goldberg
Jul 28, 2020Student Liza Goldberg Uses National Geographic Young Explorers Grant to Bring Satellite Imagery into Classrooms

Goldberg will launch Cloud to Classroom, an innovative project that uses satellite imagery to help K-12 classrooms understand global environmental change through remote sensing. 

Cousteau and his team during the experiment
Jul 21, 2020Chasing Satellites with Jacques Cousteau

In August 1975, Jacques Cousteau and his divers helped determine if Landsat could measure the depth of shallow ocean waters.

Taking water samples from Utah Lake
Jul 14, 2020Early Detection of Algae ‘Blooms’ by Satellite Yields Healthcare Savings

The use of satellite data by environmental managers tracking harmful algal bloom outbreaks along lakefronts and coasts can result in earlier detections that yield significant savings on healthcare, lost work hours and other economic costs.

Dr. Lagomasino in the field
Jun 25, 2020Meet Dr. David Lagomasino

Coastal ecosystems are some of Earth’s most biologically diverse environments, especially coastal mangrove forests. Dr. Lagomasino uses Earth observing data to study these vital biomes.

Landsat water mapping
Apr 22, 2020Plants from Space with Martha Anderson

USDA researcher Marsha Anderson uses satellites and instruments like Landsat and ECOSTRESS to see how stressed plants are from space.

grapes
Apr 8, 2020Raising a Glass in Wine Country to Better Water Management

Grape growers like Gallo are using data from Earth-observing satellites to better track soil and vine moisture levels, understand vine water use and plan grapevine irrigation.

Kaiyu Guan and Chongya Jiang
Mar 20, 2020New Satellite-Based Algorithm Pinpoints Crop Water Use

A new satellite-driven biophysical model can make accurate forecasts of crop water use that are critical for farmland water management and sustainability.

bull kelp
Mar 5, 2020Landsat Boosts Understanding of Climate Change’s Impact on Kelp

Landsat imagery shows that bull kelp canopy area can vary dramatically from year to year, and that long-term population trends vary from reef to reef.

Landsat 8 image of ice covering Yukon River
Feb 25, 2020Landsat Reveals Vanishing River Ice

The extent of wintertime river ice has declined by 2.5 percentage points globally over the past three decades.

Zhuhai, China
Feb 14, 2020Landsat Provides “Complete Perspective” of Wetland Loss in China

Intertidal wetlands significantly contribute to China’s environmental and ecological diversity, but are facing unprecedented pressures from anthropogenic development, as well as the threat of future sea level rise.

children playing near the Sesan River
Feb 13, 2020Hydropower Dams Cool Rivers in the Mekong River Basin, Landsat Shows

Researchers used Landsat satellites to track changes in surface water temperature for the Sekong, Sesan and Srepok rivers. Within one year of the opening of a major dam, downstream river temperatures during the dry season dropped by up to 3.6ºF.

sprinklers
Feb 12, 2020Landsat: Farming Data From Space

With Landsat data, farmers can find new ways to grow more crops with less water.

Wetland habitat map of Lake George in Uganda
Feb 2, 2020Space Key to Wetland Conservation

Wetlands worldwide are vanishing at an alarming rate. New satellite-informed maps produced by ESA’s GlobWetland Africa project show how satellite observations can be used for the effective use and management of wetlands in Africa.

Bull Run reservoir
Dec 13, 2019Fire & Water: How Wildfires Can Impact Drinking Water

Fires in forested watersheds that support drinking water supplies can introduce contaminants that overwhelm current treatment capabilities. Earth observation data are helping.

Soldier Meadows
Dec 13, 2019When a River Runs Through Drylands

There is a dance between the vegetation that thrives along a river’s edge and the availability of water; with Landsat, that relationship is now being understood in ways not previously possible.

water use map for Roswell, NM
Dec 12, 2019Improving Water Management in New Mexico with Landsat and ECOSTRESS

New Mexico is one of the most arid states in the US, and precise and accurate information on water use is of utmost importance.

gage house on Souris River
Dec 11, 2019Mapping Past Floods to Help Predict Future Ones

Landsat has enabled a more thorough understanding of how the Central Valley landscape is impacted by floods.