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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

oyster reef
Dec 10, 2018Investigating the Ecosystem Services Provided by Oysters

There is evidence of oyster reefs driving estuary-scale detention of freshwater in the Suwannee Sound.

a smelly HAB
Oct 11, 2018Satellites on Toxic Algae Patrol

Increasingly, water managers are turning to satellites like Landsat to monitor inland waters.

Flinders River estuary at low tide
Sep 1, 2018Reading the Tides: Monitoring Estuarine Habitats in Northern Australia with Landsat

Australian researchers have used Landsat imagery to map coastal habitats critical to threatened and migratory species in northern Australia.

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.

Suwannee River entering Gulf of Mexico
Aug 30, 2018Where Rivers Meet the Sea—Envisioning Science with Landsat

A Landsat 8 image of the Suwannee River meeting the Gulf of Mexico took first place in this year’s Envisioning Science image competition held by NC State.

Split iceberg
Aug 7, 2018Seeing Hidden Worlds Under Melting Ice

Multi-year comparison of Landsat images can unmask previously unknown geography.

Cape Code National Seashore
Jul 18, 2018Landsat-based Global Study of World’s Beaches Shows Threat to Protected Areas

Using 30 years of Landsat data, a team of scientists and engineers from the Netherlands determined how Earth’s sandy beaches are changing.

Lake Sunapee algal bloom
May 30, 2018Landsat 8 as a Tool for Monitoring Algal Blooms

When algae blanket a lake’s surface, loss of sunlight and—eventually—oxygen, smothers aquatic life.

dead red gum trees
May 29, 2018Rain Showers, Flowers, and Floods—Understanding How Vegetation Responds to Flooding and Drought in Australia’s Breadbasket

Using a quarter century of Landsat data, geospatial researchers have mapped and modeled how vegetation responds to water availability across the entire Murray-Darling Basin.

Blue river flowing through the Petermann Glacier
May 23, 2018Supraglacial Lakes Are Not Destabilizing Greenland’s Ice Sheets, Yet

Using Landsat 8 satellite images from 2014 to 2016, researchers have discerned when the lakes on Greenland’s Petermann ice tongue formed, their movement, and changes in surface extent across time.

center-pivot irrigation crops in the Saudi desert
May 16, 2018Satellites Reveal Major Shifts in Global Freshwater

Earth’s wet land areas are getting wetter and dry areas are getting drier due to a variety of factors, including human water management, climate change and natural cycles.

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Apr 26, 2018Solving the Riddle of Water Use in the Upper Klamath Basin

When it comes to water, when does less really mean more?