water use map for Roswell, NM

Dec 12, 2019Improving Water Management in New Mexico with Landsat and ECOSTRESS

New Mexico is one of the most arid states in the US, and precise and accurate information on water use is of utmost importance.

gage house on Souris River

Dec 11, 2019Mapping Past Floods to Help Predict Future Ones

Landsat has enabled a more thorough understanding of how the Central Valley landscape is impacted by floods.

Beaver dam in Grand Teton National Park

Dec 11, 2019Smokey 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.

Glacier Bay, locator map

Dec 11, 2019Watching Glacier Bay National Park Change

Dramatic changes in Glacier Bay National Park, not particularly evident from the ground or the deck of a cruise ship, come into sharp focus when viewed using the time series of Landsat satellite images.

Arequipa, Peru

Dec 10, 2019Arid-Region Agriculture in Arequipa, Peru

Landsat has helped map the expansion of intensive agricultural in arid Arequipa, Peru.

tractor in a field

Dec 10, 2019Landsat Helps Pick Winter Cover Crops

Remote sensing can aid the monitoring and evaluation of incentivized farming programs like the one in Maryland.

Phoenix, AZ

Dec 9, 2019How Urban Heat Affects the Socially Vulnerable in Sun Belt Cities

Socio-economically vulnerable populations are at a higher risk of experiencing urban heat effects.

Meltwater lakes form on the surface of Greenland’s Petermann Glacier

Dec 9, 2019Ice in Motion: Satellites Capture Decades of Change

New time-lapse videos of Earth’s glaciers and ice sheets as seen from space are providing scientists with new insights into how the planet’s frozen regions are changing.

AGU poster hall in 2018, credit AGU

Dec 9, 2019Landsat at the 2019 AGU Fall Meeting

At the 2019 AGU Fall Meeting, over 500 presentations feature research conducted with the aid of Landsat data.

mangrove roots in Australia

Dec 4, 2019Mapping 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.

farm fields north of St. Louis

Nov 27, 2019Satellites Track Status of Nation’s Food Supply

Farmers across the Midwest are in a race to finish harvesting their corn, soybean, and other staples of the Thanksgiving dinner table before the first crop killing freeze sets in.

USGS Report Updates Economic Value of Landsat Archive

Nov 11, 2019USGS Report Updates Economic Value of Landsat Archive

A new USGS report estimates an increase in the domestic and international economic benefits to society provided by the Landsat archive to about $3.45 billion in 2017, compared to $2.19 billion in 2011.

Jake Disney

Oct 29, 2019Landsat Images Help Wyoming Students Discern Problems on Family Lands

Wyoming students in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources are using Landsat images to gauge and improve lands owned by their families.

Lago de Cahora Bassa

Oct 14, 2019Lakes Worldwide Are Experiencing More-Severe Algal Blooms, 30-years of Landsat Data Shows

The intensity of summer algal blooms has increased over the past three decades, according to a first-ever global survey of dozens of large, freshwater lakes.

Tom Loveland

Oct 8, 2019Pecora Award Honors Excellence in Earth Observation, Including Former Landsat Science Team Leader

The 2019 Pecora Award recipients include former Landsat Science Team leader Thomas R. Loveland and the Terra Science and Flight Operations Team.

OLI-2 at Ball

Sep 27, 2019Landsat 9 Instrument Ready for Spacecraft Assembly

OLI-2 is now built, tested, and in place to be assembled onto the spacecraft.

Geoscience is Everywhere: 2019 Earth Science Week Poster

Sep 16, 2019Geoscience is Everywhere: 2019 Earth Science Week Poster

The 2019 Earth Science Week Poster was created as a joint project between NASA and America View to show the wide scope of applications of geoscience.

L8 image of Apostle Islands

Sep 13, 2019Landsat Collection 2 Sample Products Now Available from USGS

Landsat Collection 2 will improve data quality and provide more accurate information for use in land change analysis, resulting in more informed decision-making.

Baltimore City

Sep 5, 2019Hot in the City, And Hotter Still in Low-Income Areas

A new investigative report published by NPR has found that it’s hotter in cities’ low income areas.

Calving front of Helheim Glacier

Aug 28, 2019Landsat Illustrates Five Decades of Change to Greenland Glaciers

The branching network of glaciers that empty into Greenland’s Sermilik Fjord has changed significantly in the last half century.

New Landsat Infrared Instrument Ships from NASA

Aug 23, 2019New Landsat Infrared Instrument Ships from NASA

This month, TIRS-2 successfully passed the stringent 12-week testing process at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and was shipped to Northrop Grumman’s facility in Arizona.

Ice Area Changes for Langjökull Group Ice Caps, Iceland

Aug 19, 2019Tribute to a Glacier That Is No More

A memorial was placed on top of the volcano where Okjökull Glacier’s ice once flowed.

summer students discuss their science at NASA

Aug 1, 2019Applying Earth Observations to Real-World Concerns

Summer projects focused on using Earth science data for practical applications like agriculture and food security, disasters, ecological forecasting, energy, health and air quality, transportation and infrastructure, urban development and water […]

Forest damaged by tornado

Jul 29, 2019Tornadoes, 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.

BARC map of Elk Complex Fire

Jul 11, 2019Landsat Can Save Federal Agencies up to $7.7 Million Annually in Post-Fire Costs

Using satellite imagery is a cost-effective way to assess burned areas and triage mitigation measures post-wildfire, study found. Federal agencies can save as much as $7.7 million annually in post-fire costs by using Landsat.

Mount Michael.

Jul 3, 2019Landsat 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, 2019More 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.

Chlorophyll-a concentrations

Jun 21, 2019NASA Helps Warn of Harmful Algal Blooms in Lakes, Reservoirs

With limited resources to dedicate to monitoring for harmful algal blooms, water managers are looking to new technologies from NASA and its partners to detect and monitor potential hazards in lakes and reservoirs.

Landsat Ice Stream

Jun 17, 2019Introducing Landsat Ice Stream

Seven ice features in western Antarctica have been named for Earth-observation satellites, including one named for Landsat.

cover of NGAC report

Jun 17, 2019Advisory Panel Recommends Landsat Data Stay Free

Keeping Landsat data free and open is the right path forward, a federal advisory panel has concluded.

award drawing

Jun 7, 2019RIT Scientists Recognized for Solving Issue with Landsat 8 TIRS Instrument

Aaron Gerace and Matthew Montanaro earned the 2019 USGIF Academic Achievement Award for their work on the Landsat 8 TIRS stray-light issue.

Feng Gao

May 29, 2019Landsat Science Team Member Feng Gao Wins 2018 Arthur S. Flemming Award

Dr. Gao has been awarded in recognition of his original research in the application of remote sensing for crop and vegetation monitoring.

Prosopis

May 23, 2019Containing 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.

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.