Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Jun 3, 2020
NASA Fosters Innovative Ways to Understand Biodiversity

NASA has funded four projects to create new, virtual portals to share a wealth of biodiversity information with land stewards around the world.

Eric Bullock

May 28, 2020
Meet Dr. Eric Bullock

Dr. Eric Bullock uses Earth observation data to explore the consequences of land use and land cover change in high biodiversity areas.

Mount St. Helens, May 2020

May 18, 2020
40 Years After Mount St. Helens’ Eruption, 40 Years of Forest Recovery

Landsat data (since 1972) is helping scientists Sean Healey and Zhiqiang Yang of the Rocky Mountain Research Station (U.S. Forest Service) study the long-term impact of the May 18, 1980, eruption of Mount St. Helens.

hummingbird

Apr 17, 2020
Getting a Bird’s-Eye View of Biodiversity with Landsat

This bird’s-eye view of the relationship between temperature and bird biodiversity will help conservationists figure out where to prioritize their efforts in a warming world.

Scientist and penguin

Apr 14, 2020
NASA Is Where the Wild Things Are

Researchers and conservationists around the world are using data and images from NASA satellite instruments to manage and track living creatures of all kinds.

underwater shot of kelp in South American

Mar 11, 2020
Kelp Forests at the End of the Earth

Kelp forest cover near Tierra del Fuego appeared to follow approximately four-year cycles that mirror sea surface temperature and El Niño-Southern Oscillation rainfall patterns.

bull kelp

Mar 5, 2020
Landsat 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.

Tuscan countryside

Mar 5, 2020
Landsat Gives Epidemiologists Key Insights

How the fields of epidemiology and remote sensing intersect to help the public.

Zhuhai, China

Feb 14, 2020
Landsat 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, 2020
Hydropower 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.

Wetland habitat map of Lake George in Uganda

Feb 2, 2020
Space 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.

the view towards Chola Glacier, beneath Cholatse peak

Jan 10, 2020
Landsat Reveals Expanding Plant Life in the Everest Region

Plant life is expanding in the area around Mount Everest, and across the Himalayan region, new research shows.

A northern pintail duck

Dec 20, 2019
Predicting Waterbird Habitat in California

Ecologists are using Landsat to locate waterbird habitat that may be vulnerable in dry years.

Tokyo

Dec 18, 2019
Understanding the Ecological and Environmental Impacts of Urbanization

Landsat-based urban extent and phenology indicators provide new information about urban environments.

mining site

Dec 14, 2019
Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Artisanal Gold Mining

Landsat helps monitor changes in artisanal gold mining areas, enabling land managers to prevent and remedy environmental impacts.

Soldier Meadows

Dec 13, 2019
When 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.

river chemistry monitoring stations in Yellowstone

Dec 12, 2019
Tracking New Hydrothermal Activity in Yellowstone

Landsat is among the resources that scientists are using to assess hazards and track volcanic activity in Yellowstone.

Beaver dam in Grand Teton National Park

Dec 11, 2019
Smokey the Beaver? Beaver Dams and Wildfire

Landsat helped confirm and quantify what was only anecdotally known before: beaver dams make wetlands uniquely resistant to wildfires.

mangrove roots in Australia

Dec 4, 2019
Mapping the Mighty Mangrove

A new longitudinal study from Australia has harnessed thirty years of NASA/USGS Landsat data to map the nationwide movement and migration of mangrove forests.

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.