Copenhagen garden

May 22, 2019Green Space is Good for Mental Health, Landsat Helps Establish

The prolonged presence of green space is intrinsic for a healthy society a new nationwide Danish study finds.

magnitude of landcover change between 2001 and 2016

May 20, 2019New 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.

Landsat Collections

May 10, 2019Landsat Collection 2 Summary and Sample Metadata Now Available

The USGS is currently finalizing the Landsat Collection 2 product definition structure, production timeline and public availability.

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.

Barbara J. Ryan

Apr 29, 2019Barbara Ryan Wins 2018 Pecora Award

Barb Ryan was recognized with the individual Pecora award for her outstanding contributions as a scientist and visionary leader for advancing the global use of remote sensing through championing data democratization.

TIRS-2 in TVAC

Apr 19, 2019TIRS-2 Completes Baseline Thermal Vac Test

The completion of this test represents a major milestone for the TIRS-2 project, demonstrating that the team has built a well working instrument to meet the requirements of Landsat 9.

Elfin cloud forest

Apr 17, 2019Neotropical 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.

Landsat 7 launch photo

Apr 15, 2019Twenty Years with Landsat 7

In the long and winding history of the Landsat Program, April 15, 1999 was an important day.

Yellowstone data showing burned area

Apr 10, 2019Landsat Level-3 Products Provide Land Cover Gold in Data Mining

Remote sensing scientists now can access a decades-long Landsat look at how specific conditions have played out on every applicable 30-meter pixel of the American landscape.

Yellowstone Thermal Areas map

Apr 8, 2019Discovering New Thermal Areas in Yellowstone’s Dynamic Landscape

Over the last 20 years, a new thermal area has developed in Yellowstone. Landsat 8 is on the case.

surging glaciers in the Panama region

Apr 8, 2019Glaciers Lose 9 Trillion Tons of Ice in Half a Century

An international team used classical glaciological field observations combined with a wealth of information from various satellite missions to painstakingly calculate how much ice has been lost or gained by 19 different glacierized regions […]

a mature crop

Apr 4, 2019How Looking for Clouds Helped Forecast Global Food Production

It started as an algorithm to detect clouds in satellite imagery, but now the software is being used for everything from increasing food security in the developing world to guiding futures trading on Wall Street.

greenness trend map Alaska+Canada

Apr 2, 2019New Data Release: Summertime Greenness Trends for Alaska and Canada

The Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) field campaign has released data of the summer NDVI trend and trend significance for 1984 to 2012 over Alaska and Canada.

forest and shrub cover v. healthcare spending

Apr 1, 2019Green Space & Health: U.S. Counties with More Trees and Shrubs Spend Less on Healthcare

Each 1 percent of a county’s land that was covered in forest was associated with an average Medicare expenditure savings of $4.32 per person per year.

rangeland

Apr 1, 2019New Technologies for Range and Pasture Management

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

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.

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

Mar 26, 2019Huckleberry 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.

land cover change over time

Mar 21, 2019Upcoming NASA ARSET Advanced Webinar: Investigating Time Series of Satellite Imagery

NASA ARSET is putting on an advanced webinar focused on time series image analysis.

Landsat data use and publications through time

Mar 20, 2019Landsat Science Team Members Support the Free and Open Landsat Data Policy

The resounding takeaway from a recent paper authored by Landsat Science Team members: Keep Landsat data free and open.

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.