Landsat Science Archive

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.

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