Landsat image of fire scar

Mar 6, 2019Upcoming Southern Fire Exchange Webinar: “Mapping Burned Areas from the Landsat Archive”

Learn about the Landsat Burned Area algorithm that identifies burned areas in dense time-series of Landsat data.

image of VCF product

Mar 5, 2019Global 30m Landsat Tree Canopy Version 4 Released

This latest version was created by mining and processing the entire Landsat archive.

Garik Gutman

Mar 5, 2019Landsat Highlights from 2019 LCLUC Program Manager Message

Some Landsat-focused excerpts from Garik Gutman’s March 2019 message to the LCLUC team.

Valerie Thomas with CCTs

Feb 28, 2019A Face Behind Landsat Images: Meet Dr. Valerie L. Thomas

Thomas managed the development of early Landsat image processing software systems and became the resident expert on the Computer Compatible Tapes that were used to store early Landsat imagery.

impervious surfaces in NYC

Feb 26, 2019High-Resolution Data Products Help Illuminate Urbanization’s Reach

Two new Landsat-based data products and a mapping tool provide data on man-made impervious surfaces and urban extents throughout the world.

Landsat cumulative acquisitions

Feb 26, 2019Landsat: the Cornerstone of Global Land Imaging

Evolving technology, free data and robust calibration have helped make Landsat the cornerstone of global land imaging.

Camp Fire smoke

Feb 19, 2019The Synoptic View of California’s Camp Fire: A Scorching Reality of Today’s Fires

Sprawling urban fires that once plagued civilization were thought to be a thing the past—the Camp Fire let us know they are back.

C.J. Loria

Feb 19, 2019Loria Named New EROS Center Director

C.J. Loria will oversee Landsat satellite and Earth imaging operations.

First in a Series of Landsat 9 Ground Readiness Tests is Successful

Feb 15, 2019First in a Series of Landsat 9 Ground Readiness Tests is Successful

Landsat 9 Ground System development team members executed the first of a series of Ground Readiness Tests this week.

Examples of Landsat Level-3 data products

Feb 13, 2019New Landsat Level-3 Products Released

The USGS has developed research-quality, applications-ready, Landsat Level-3 Science Products that are now available for download from EarthExplorer.

Land Cover image/photo

Feb 7, 2019How You Can Help Make a Better World Land Map

Using the technology inside your phone, you can help scientists classify land cover and track changes.

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.

Klinaklini Glacier in 2018

Jan 30, 2019New Research Shows Significant Decline of Glaciers in Western North America

The first comprehensive assessment of glacier mass loss for all regions in western North America (excluding Alaskan glaciers) suggests that ice masses throughout western North America are in significant decline.

ice covered Antarctica

Jan 28, 2019Antarctica Losing Six Times More Ice Mass Annually Now Than 40 Years Ago

Antarctica experienced a sixfold increase in yearly ice mass loss between 1979 and 2017.

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.

growing city sizes

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

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

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.

cloud forest

Dec 13, 2018Getting to Know the Dhofar Cloud Forest

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

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.

Landsat poetry

Dec 13, 2018A Geospatial Poem for the Ages

Poetry and the arts can humanize science.

Adelie penguin colonies

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

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

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.

How ET is affected by forest fire.

Dec 11, 2018Understanding How Fire Alters the Water Use of Sierra Nevada Forests

Fires play an important role in regulating forest density, vegetation water use, and runoff.

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.

a PA state forest

Dec 11, 2018Monitoring Forest Health Amid Oil and Gas Extraction

Following changes in long-term forest health around oil and gas wells in the Pennsylvania State Forest.

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.

Calving of A-68

Dec 11, 2018The Dynamic Nature of a Large Iceberg Calving Event

Iceberg A-68 calved from the Larsen C during a period of larger then average tidal cycles.

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.

Mojave National Preserve

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

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

almond orchard

Dec 10, 2018Towards Agricultural Sustainability of Fruit and Nut Trees in California’s Central Valley

A robust detection method to track crop cover dynamics and identify the planting year through Landsat time series data.

Antarctica velocity mapping

Dec 10, 2018More Glaciers in East Antarctica Are Waking Up

New detailed NASA maps of ice velocity and elevation show that a group of glaciers spanning one-eighth of East Antarctica’s coast have begun to lose ice over the past decade, hinting at widespread changes in the ocean.

fjord

Dec 10, 2018Mapping Circulation Patterns of Icy Fjords

“Great insight comes from thinking in multi-sensor and using several constellations together.”

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Dec 10, 2018Landsat at #AGU18

Learn what scientists, researchers, and students are doing with Landsat data this year at AGU 2018.

sagebrush

Nov 29, 2018Post-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, 2018Stanford 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.

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Nov 19, 2018NASA Webinar on Mapping Global Urbanization with Landsat and High-Resolution Reference Data Held Nov. 14

Webinar described the production of the Global Man-made Impervious Surface dataset and its companion urban extent dataset called Human Built-up And Settlement Extent.

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Nov 14, 2018Poster Featuring Landsat-based Research Wins 2018 NRCan Map Contest

Access to image data collected by the Landsat series of satellites has improved Canada’s ability to observe, track and study forest disturbances.

Tolhuaca National Park

Nov 13, 2018Looking at Burn Severity and Post-Fire Forest Regeneration in Chile’s Andean Cordillera, Home to the Monkey Puzzle Tree

The first study that connects field-measured data with satellite-derived burn severity in this corner of the world.

ARD products in area of Thomas Fire

Nov 9, 2018USGS Burned Area Products Group in Denver Touts Value of Landsat ARD

A new Burned Area algorithm has been developed by USGS to identify burned areas in images across the Landsat archive.

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

Nov 1, 2018Despite 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.

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Oct 25, 2018“Landsat 10-Era” Concepts Wanted

NASA and USGS are seeking information on system concepts and innovative approaches for its second Sustainable Land Imaging Architecture Study.

Tim Newman, USGS

Oct 24, 2018Q&A with Tim Newman: A USGS Look at Landsat’s Potential Future

Source: USGS EROS Oct 24, 2018 • When it comes to the business of acquiring remotely sensed data, of preserving that data and providing a portal to it, National Land Imaging Program Coordinator Tim Newman is a man with a focus. With Landsat […]

Landsat imagery of canyon

Oct 23, 2018AmericaView Secures 5-Year USGS National Land Imaging Grant

A five-year, $6.25 million dollar grant to support nationwide remote sensing education, outreach, and research has been granted to AmericaView.

L9 ground system review panel

Oct 22, 2018Review Panels Ensure USGS, NASA Don’t Pay ‘the Price of Failure’ with Landsat 9

Agencies like NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that commit multiple millions of dollars to put Landsat satellites into space need to know that the spacecraft, the sensors onboard, the ground system operating the satellite, and the […]

Lewis and Clark storymap image

Oct 15, 2018The Lewis and Clark Trail from Space

Explore the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail with an interactive storymap.

a smelly HAB

Oct 11, 2018Satellites on Toxic Algae Patrol

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

Stephen Zahn preparing to speak at L9 Ground System review

Oct 4, 2018Landsat 9 Ground System Meets Design Criteria to Move Forward

Independent review panel unanimously agreed that the Landsat 9 Ground System Critical Design Review met all of the criteria for critical design.