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.

Arequipa, Peru
Dec 10, 2019Arid-Region Agriculture in Arequipa, Peru

Landsat has helped map the expansion of intensive agriculture in arid Arequipa, Peru.

Lago de Cahora Bassa
Oct 14, 2019Lakes Worldwide Are Experiencing More-Severe Algal Blooms, 30-years of Landsat Data Shows

The intensity of summer algal blooms has increased over the past three decades, according to a first-ever global survey of dozens of large, freshwater lakes.

Eastern Reef Egret - Queensland, Australia
Jun 27, 2019More than Naught: The “Z” of Where Land Meets Sea

Harnessing 30 years of Landsat data, a team of researchers from Australia has created the first 3D model of Australia’s entire coastline.

Chlorophyll-a concentrations
Jun 21, 2019NASA Helps Warn of Harmful Algal Blooms in Lakes, Reservoirs

With limited resources to dedicate to monitoring for harmful algal blooms, water managers are looking to new technologies from NASA and its partners to detect and monitor potential hazards in lakes and reservoirs.

saltmarsh habitats in the Jubail Conservation
May 9, 2019The Curious Case of Missing Mangroves in the Jubail Conservation

A group of researchers have used Landsat data to help solve a case of missing mangroves in Saudi Arabia’s Jubail Conservation.

Yukon Flats land cover
Mar 27, 2019Landsat, Permafrost Data Offer Insight into Arctic Lake Dynamics

Remarkably little is known about the subsurface connections between the thousands of lakes scattered across ecoregions like Yukon Flats; this study sheds light on those lakes.

animation of river meandering
Feb 6, 2019Sharp Bends Make Rivers Meander, As Landsat Attests

Turns out, the rate of river migration is directly linked to how sharp its bends are.

mudflat invertebrates sampling
Jan 28, 2019Loss of Intertidal Ecosystem Exposes Coastal Communities

The study used machine-learning to analyze more than 700,000 Landsat images to map changing global distribution of intertidal areas over a 30-year period.

US ET 2017
Dec 14, 2018Mapping Water Use Nationwide With Landsat

USGS EROS scientists are leveraging the capability and history of Landsat along with weather data to map landscape-wide water consumption.

How channel morphology information is abstracted from imagery
Dec 14, 2018How Landsat Helps Alert Communities to Local Flood Hazards

For larger rivers, Landsat provides a rich dataset to define spatiotemporal patterns of channel shifting.

agriculture image
Dec 13, 2018Landsat Thermal Data Provides Insight to Vintners

Landsat thermal bands allow for the measurement of water use and moisture status at the management scale.

first year of irrigation
Dec 13, 2018The Shifting Irrigation Patterns of the U.S. High Plains Aquifer

A new method to use the full Landsat archive to produce annual maps of irrigated area over the High Plains Aquifer in the central United States.

secchi disk
Dec 12, 2018Retrieving Secchi Depth with Landsat 8

Landsat 8 allows for the acquisition of spectral data for monitoring water quality from lakes and drinking water reservoirs across the United States.

Brahmaputra River at sunset
Dec 11, 2018Watching River Islands Grow on the Brahmaputra

Stable river islands locally known as ‘chars’ are increasing in the Brahmaputra river.

Salt marsh on Assateague Island
Dec 11, 2018Mapping Long-term Salt Marsh Change with Landsat

This research identified the Delmarva as an area of significant salt marsh loss over the last three decades.

tile drainage installation
Dec 11, 2018Improving Water Resource Management in the Great Plains

Making annual high-resolution agricultural subsurface drainage maps for the Northern Great Plains regions using multiple satellite and model datasets with Google Earth Engine.