Landsat Science Archive

reindeer and caribou in the arctic

Sep 22, 2020Warming Temperatures are Driving Arctic Greening

Using satellite images to track global tundra ecosystems over decades, a new study found the region has become greener, as warmer air and soil temperatures lead to increased plant growth.

Nevada farmer Denise Moyle

Sep 15, 2020Transforming Water Management in the U.S. West with Satellite Data

A new web-based platform called OpenET will soon be putting satellite data in the hands of farmers, water managers and conservation groups to accelerate improvements and innovations in water management.

Damage evolution in Amundsen Sea Embayment.

Sep 14, 2020Antarctica: Cracks in the Ice

Combined satellite imagery have afforded researchers a new, accurate picture of the rapid development of damage in the shear zones on the ice shelves of Pine Island and Thwaites.

Forests in Banff, Canada

Sep 9, 2020The Stuff of Trees:
Three-Decades of Forest Biomass Measured Across Canada

A new study reports a net increase of 5.38 petagrams of forest biomass between 1984 and 2016; carbon-wise, that is equivalent to a train of loaded coal cars long enough to wrap itself around Earth nearly 34 times.

Belize Barrier Reef

Sep 3, 2020Landsat Data Informs New Projects Exploring Connections Between the Environment and COVID-19

Satellite images are helping to reveal how COVID-19 lockdown measures are impacting food security, urban surface heat, water quality and aquatic ecosystems, and more in NASA-funded studies.

Lake Imja

Aug 31, 2020Global Survey Using Landsat Shows Dramatic Growth of Glacial Lakes

Using 30 years of Landsat data, researchers have found that the volume of glacial lakes worldwide has increased by about 50% since 1990.

Tropical Forest in Colombia

Aug 27, 2020Pinpointing Tropical Forests with High Ecological ‘Quality’

Landsat and ICESat-2 satellite data have made it possible for scientists to develop maps showing the “quality” of tropical forests.

early atmospheric transmission curve

Aug 26, 2020The Intervening Atmosphere:
Tracing the Provenance of a Favorite Landsat Infographic

Learn more about the atmospheric transmission data used for our Landsat spectral band comparison graphic.

Landsat 8 image of Río Cauto Delta

Aug 18, 2020NASA Study Maps the Roots of Global Mangrove Loss

Using Landsat, researchers have created the first map of the causes of change in global mangrove habitats between 2000 and 2016—a valuable tool to aid conservation efforts for these vital coastline defenders.

Landsat image from Beck video

Aug 17, 2020‘Hyperlife’ Video from Beck/NASA Collaboration Features Landsat 8

In Beck’s “Hyperlife” video, the abstract beauty of our planet morphs from geographic location to location with the flow of the etherial track.

Virginia Norwood, 1963

Aug 7, 2020Virginia T. Norwood: The Mother of Landsat

We have Virginia Norwood to thank for the design and engineering that made the Landsat program a success and set the path for modern Earth observation.

LANDFIRE geoareas and reference plot locations

Jul 30, 2020LANDFIRE Remap Is Here

LANDFIRE has released its Remap dataset; new techniques and new data provide significant improvement.

Liza Goldberg

Jul 28, 2020Student Liza Goldberg Uses National Geographic Young Explorers Grant to Bring Satellite Imagery into Classrooms

Goldberg will launch Cloud to Classroom, an innovative project that uses satellite imagery to help K-12 classrooms understand global environmental change through remote sensing. 

Tropical forest habitat in Panama

Jul 27, 2020Using Landsat Data to Assess Regeneration in Tropical Forests

A team of Boise State researchers is helping forecast tropical forest recovery from deforestation using Landsat satellite data.

Cousteau and his team during the experiment

Jul 21, 2020Chasing Satellites with Jacques Cousteau

In August 1975, Jacques Cousteau and his divers helped determine if Landsat could measure the depth of shallow ocean waters.

Taking water samples from Utah Lake

Jul 14, 2020Early Detection of Algae ‘Blooms’ by Satellite Yields Healthcare Savings

The use of satellite data by environmental managers tracking harmful algal bloom outbreaks along lakefronts and coasts can result in earlier detections that yield significant savings on healthcare, lost work hours and other economic costs.

Dr. Lagomasino in the field

Jun 25, 2020Meet Dr. David Lagomasino

Coastal ecosystems are some of Earth’s most biologically diverse environments, especially coastal mangrove forests. Dr. Lagomasino uses Earth observing data to study these vital biomes.

Piedmont Park in Atlanta

Jun 23, 2020Landsat Helps Urban Planners Find Disparities in Access to Green Spaces

Study of two metro areas finds where parks, trees and other green spaces are located.

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Jun 3, 2020NASA 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, 2020Meet 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.

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