Landsat Science Archive

ACIX project diagram

Jun 6, 2018Putting Heads Together to Improve Atmospheric Corrections for Medium-Resolution Satellite Data

An international group is working together to find the best atmospheric correction techniques for Landsat 8 and the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite series.

cloud forest El Yunque

May 31, 2018Data 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.

Lake Sunapee algal bloom

May 30, 2018Landsat 8 as a Tool for Monitoring Algal Blooms

When algae blanket a lake’s surface, loss of sunlight and—eventually—oxygen, smothers aquatic life.

erosion along Alaska's coastline

May 29, 2018New 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, 2018Rain 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.

Blue river flowing through the Petermann Glacier

May 23, 2018Supraglacial Lakes Are Not Destabilizing Greenland’s Ice Sheets, Yet

Using Landsat 8 satellite images from 2014 to 2016, researchers have discerned when the lakes on Greenland’s Petermann ice tongue formed, their movement, and changes in surface extent across time.

completing the OLI-2 focal plane integration

May 23, 2018In Focus: A Peek at Landsat 9’s OLI-2 Instrument During Focal Plane Integration

Ball Aerospace recently shared some photos of its technicians working on OLI-2 in the cleanroom during focal plane integration.

center-pivot irrigation crops in the Saudi desert

May 16, 2018Satellites Reveal Major Shifts in Global Freshwater

Earth’s wet land areas are getting wetter and dry areas are getting drier due to a variety of factors, including human water management, climate change and natural cycles.

NPS Kenai Fjords map

May 8, 2018National Park Service Cartographer Tom Patterson Talks Landsat

National Park Service cartographer Tom Patterson’s mapmaking process often incorporates information from Landsat.

Landsat 9 budget, cost, and schedule information

May 1, 2018Landsat 9 Project On Track, U.S. General Accounting Office Assesses

The U.S. General Accounting Office reported on the Landsat 9 satellite project status as part of its 10th annual Quick Look at NASA’s major projects.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Apr 27, 2018Watching 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.

northeast of sprague river village

Apr 26, 2018Solving the Riddle of Water Use in the Upper Klamath Basin

When it comes to water, when does less really mean more?

Landsat 9 logo

Apr 25, 2018Landsat 9 Successfully Passes Its Critical Design Review

Review board gives high praise to Landsat 9 project for its mission status.

Jeff Masek

Apr 23, 2018USGS Video: Landsat in Action—The Accuracy of Landsat with Jeff Masek

Landsat 9 Project Scientist Jeff Masek discusses the ways Landsat data is used and how important it is to have high quality data.

crop irrigation

Apr 23, 2018Landsat Imagery Sheds Light on Agricultural Water Use

Researchers armed with data from the Landsat Earth-observing satellites recently teamed up with Google to track water used for irrigation.

Patrick Hostert

Apr 18, 2018USGS 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.

1989 L5 image

Apr 18, 2018LGAC Milestone Reached

The ​5 millionth scene received in support of the Landsat Global Archive Consolidation (LGAC) effort has been added into the USGS Landsat archive.

before and after mangrove images

Apr 13, 2018NASA 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.

Successful Landsat 9 Ground System Review Held

Apr 10, 2018Successful Landsat 9 Ground System Review Held

Landsat 9 Ground System Preliminary Design Review a success.

soybean field

Apr 4, 2018Satellites, Supercomputers, and Machine Learning Provide Real-Time Crop Type Data

Scientists have proven a new technique for distinguishing the corn and soybean crops using satellite data and the processing power of supercomputers.

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