Forest damaged by tornado

Jul 29, 2019
Tornadoes, Windstorms Pave Way for Lasting Plant Invasions

Landsat shows that large blowdown areas in southern Illinois forests are more heavily invaded by invasive species and slower to recover than smaller areas after a tornado.

Mount Michael.

Jul 3, 2019
Landsat Aids Discovery of Rare Lava Lake on Remote Sub-Antarctic Island

Landsat, Sentinel-2, and ASTER confirm a rare lava lake in Mt. Michael’s crater on the sub-Antarctic Saunders Island—a “remarkable geological feature.”

Eastern Reef Egret - Queensland, Australia

Jun 27, 2019
More 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.

Prosopis

May 23, 2019
Containing a Woody Weed in Kenya

Prosopis was introduced to Kenya in the 1980s to provide fuelwood; it has since turned into an environmental scourge. Landsat has tracked its fast-paced spread.

magnitude of landcover change between 2001 and 2016

May 20, 2019
New Land Cover Maps Depict 15 Years of Change Across America

USGS released the latest edition of the National Land Cover Database (NLCD) for the U.S.—the most comprehensive land cover database that the USGS has ever produced.

saltmarsh habitats in the Jubail Conservation

May 9, 2019
The 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.

Elfin cloud forest

Apr 17, 2019
Neotropical Cloud Forests to Lose What Most Defines Them: Clouds

If greenhouse gas emissions continue increasing as they have been, 90% of Western Hemisphere cloud forests would be affected as early as 2060.

rangeland

Apr 1, 2019
New Technologies for Range and Pasture Management

The Landsat-based Rangeland Analysis Platform and Green-Cast are valuable tools for ranchers adaptively managing their land.

Huckleberry Bears: New Landsat-Aided Tool Maps a Key Food Source for Grizzlies

Mar 26, 2019
Huckleberry Bears: New Landsat-Aided Tool Maps a Key Food Source for Grizzlies

A Landsat-based approach to map huckleberry distribution across Glacier National Park could one day provide warnings of potential human-bear conflict areas.

mudflat invertebrates sampling

Jan 28, 2019
Loss 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.

growing city sizes

Dec 14, 2018
As Cities Grow, So Does the Urban Growing Season

New insights on how vegetation phenology in urban and surrounding areas respond to urbanization.

cloud forest

Dec 13, 2018
Getting to Know the Dhofar Cloud Forest

Learn more about this rather unusual seasonal and semi-arid cloud forest.

Adelie penguin colonies

Dec 12, 2018
Determining Penguin Diet with Landsat (and Piles of Poo)

Scientists are now able to determine what penguins are eating from space.

Salt marsh on Assateague Island

Dec 11, 2018
Mapping 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.

oyster reef

Dec 10, 2018
Investigating the Ecosystem Services Provided by Oysters

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

Mojave National Preserve

Dec 10, 2018
Shrub and Grass Vegetation Declining Across Great Basin

Across the Great Basin from 1984-2016, shrub and grass vegetation are declining.

sagebrush

Nov 29, 2018
Post-fire Sagebrush Recovery Looks to Landsat Time Series Data for Solutions

USGS scientists are working with the Landsat-based NLCD shrubland dataset to help land managers restore native sagebrush landscapes.

muskrat

Nov 26, 2018
Stanford Researchers Find That a Drying Canadian Delta has Driven Muskrat Population Decline

Stanford research shows the drying trend in Canada’s Peace-Athabasca Delta is linked to the long-term decline in populations of the semi-aquatic muskrat.

Despite Recovery, Widespread Evidence of Deforestation Remains a Half-Century Later

Nov 1, 2018
Despite Recovery, Widespread Evidence of Deforestation Remains a Half-Century Later

The patterns of large-scale tropical deforestation endure across landscapes, even after more than a half-century of tropical rainforest expansion and growth.

river winding through Amazonia

Sep 6, 2018
Landsat Used To Predict Tree Species Distributions in Peruvian Lowland Amazonia

Researchers have succeeded in producing distribution maps for a selection of important tropical tree species in Peruvian lowland Amazonia.

Flinders River estuary at low tide

Sep 1, 2018
Reading 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.

Osa Peninsula land use change

Aug 31, 2018
Evaluating Effects of Land Use Change on Watershed Health and Carbon Sequestration in Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula

This project used Landsat 5 and Landsat 8 data to create land use maps to analyze change in riparian case study areas.

Suwannee River entering Gulf of Mexico

Aug 30, 2018
Where 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.

map of mangroves in REMAP

Jul 27, 2018
App Helps Ecologists Map Vulnerable Ecosystems Within Minutes

A mapmaking app that can fast-track large-scale ecosystem analysis from months to minutes.

Landsat, Sentinel Harmony Effort Shows Promising Results in Great Basin

Jun 12, 2018
Landsat, 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.

cloud forest El Yunque

May 31, 2018
Data Record for Tropical Forest Monitoring Extended with New Cloud-Detection Method

A new, highly accurate, automated way to detect clouds and their shadows from satellite images over unusually cloudy places.

erosion along Alaska's coastline

May 29, 2018
New Study Provides the First Comprehensive, Long-term Look at Alaska’s Changing Ecosystems

This is the first study to document more than three decades of land and water changes across Alaska.

dead red gum trees

May 29, 2018
Rain 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.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Apr 27, 2018
Watching 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.

Patrick Hostert

Apr 18, 2018
USGS 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.

before and after mangrove images

Apr 13, 2018
NASA 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.

Bear cubs in the wild

Mar 12, 2018
Does a Bear Smile in the Woods? Citizen Scientists and Satellites Find Out

NASA satellites are helping Wisconsin develop a clearer picture of its diverse and abundant fauna.

Hankui Zhang

Jan 11, 2018
Satellite-based Program to More Accurately Identify Land Cover

A new program uses Landsat satellite data to automatically categorize what’s on the ground more accurately than other land cover products.

peatland in Sumatra

Dec 28, 2017
Open 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.

Kelp

Dec 21, 2017
Thousands of Citizen-Scientists Help Researchers Map Kelp Forests

Kelp forests are beautiful but fragile habitats for a wide array of plant and animal species.

clearcut mangrove in Tanzania

Dec 15, 2017
Global Mangrove Mapping with Landsat

The area of mangrove wetlands around the world has been declining over recent decades.

kelp on Falkland Islands

Dec 14, 2017
Floating Forests: Citizen Scientists are Mapping Giant Kelp with Landsat

Learn more about the huge citizen science kelp mapping endeavor called Floating Forests.

clear water in Florida Keys

Dec 13, 2017
What Lies Beneath: Mapping Benthic Habitats with Landsat

A method for mapping coral reefs or other benthic habitats over time.

wetlands in Baylands Nature Preserve

Dec 13, 2017
How Much Swamp Are We Talking Here?
Towards Better Mapping of Coastal Wetlands

Ways to better estimate the greenhouse gas contributions of wetlands.

Murray River

Dec 13, 2017
Graphing a Path to Survival: Habitat Connectivity in Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin

Quantifying the impact of historic land-use and hydroclimatic variability on landscape connectivity dynamics across Australia’s breadbasket.

elephants

Nov 7, 2017
Researchers Explore Causes of Land Cover Change in African Savannas

This study examined Landsat satellite data from the past 30 years to track broad land cover change in the Chobe district of Northern Botswana.

map of study area

Sep 7, 2017
Finding Baltimore’s Mosquito Hotspots with Help from Landsat

High levels of residential abandonment and unchecked vegetation growth in low-income neighborhoods are strong indicators of mosquito prevalence. Higher income neighborhoods are also susceptible to mosquito-borne disease due to the presence of […]

American Oyster

Aug 24, 2017
Oyster Prospecting with Landsat 8

In the first study of its kind, researchers from the University of Maine have demonstrated that Landsat 8 satellite data can be used to find locations where oysters farms should thrive.

post-fire slope erosion prediction map

Jun 15, 2017
Blazing Fast Relief: A NASA-Supported Tool is Accelerating Wildfire Recovery

Burned Area Emergency Response teams—one of most important parts of wildfires that you’ve probably never heard of.

map of guano

Jun 13, 2017
At the Bottom of the World, Satellites Are Guiding Commerce and Conservation

MAPPPD is the first free, open-access Antarctic decision support system that integrates remotely sensed inputs, such as Landsat 7 images and MODIS sea ice data, to provide an assessment of Adélie and other penguin species across the frozen continent.

Magnetic Island intertidal zone

May 25, 2017
Welcome to the Intertidal Zone:
Mapping Australia’s Coast with Landsat

Using 28 years of Landsat data, an Australian research team has created a continent-wide intertidal zone extent map for the whole of the Australian coast.

migratory birds at field site

Mar 27, 2017
Landsat Reveals Bird Habitat Loss in California

Drought and reduced seasonal flooding of wetlands and farm fields threaten a globally important stopover site for tens of thousands of migratory shorebirds in California’s Sacramento Valley, a new Duke University-led study shows.

forest cover change in Gombe National Park

Jan 24, 2017
How Satellite Data Changed Chimpanzee Conservation Efforts

Approximately 345,000 or fewer chimpanzees remain in the wild, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, a substantial decline from the more than two million that existed a hundred years ago.

trumpeter swans

Jan 12, 2017
Where the Wetlands Are

Documenting and protecting wetlands has become crucial to the eight states and two Canadian provinces thronging the Great Lakes.

hardwood swamp in flordia

Dec 16, 2016
Apalachicola’s Disappearing Swamp

The hardwood swamp along the Apalachicola River is slowly replaced by bottomland hardwood forest.