Quotes to Note


"The Landsat program is one of the world’s greatest open data success stories. Landsat satellites have been orbiting the earth for decades, creating an irreplaceable archive for studying questions ranging from the retreat of the Aral Sea to water quality in Iowa."

— Tom Lee, Policy Lead for MapBox, Remote Sensing, Aug 9, 2018

“That’s the beauty of Landsat—it allows us to quantify these spatial patterns that are of high interest to water managers.”

— Dr. Mark Broich, geospatial researcher at the University of New South Wales, Rain Showers, Flowers, and Floods—Understanding How Vegetation Responds to Flooding and Drought in Australia’s Breadbasket, May 29, 2018

"Another landmark program within USGS is called Landsat... USGS made a decision...to be able to open up that data, make it free, and the scientific discoveries, the articles, the access, the utility of that data just went absolutely through the roof. So it's been a really wonderful story about how opening up scientific data allows more discovery, gets people more excited... We really do try to put our data out there in a way that it is usable by the most amount of people as possible."

— Mike Tischler, Director of USGS National Geospatial Program, Smart Government, Safe Communities podcast, May 15, 2018

"It is a game changer for people who want to know the impact of a management action on particular piece of land, or how a dam affected the downstream area."

— Dr. Virginia Burkett, Chief Scientist, Climate and Land Use Change (CLU), USGS, describing the new Landsat Analysis Ready Data, USGS encourages citizen participation, data sharing mechanisms, <em>Geospatial World</em>, May 11, 2018

"The Landsat archive and other remote sensing systems provide the means to map and measure disturbance rates of the last 40 years."

— Jeff Masek, Landsat 9 Project Scientist, Watching A Quarter Century of North American Forest Dynamics with Landsat, Apr 27, 2018

“The water resources communities all through the United States, especially in the irrigated areas, are very appreciative that NASA put the thermal imager on Landsat 8 and that future Landsats are guaranteed to include a thermal imager.”

— Dr. Rick Allen, water resources engineering professor at University of Idaho, Landsat Imagery Sheds Light on Agricultural Water Use, Apr 23, 2018

“I really believe that Landsat data made a change in how we perceive global change. All of the things we have done so far would not have been possible without the unique Landsat dataset”

— Dr. Patrick Hostert, Geomatics Lab, Humboldt University, USGS Video: Landsat in Action—Studying Phenology with Patrick Hostert, Apr 18, 2018

"Continental scale applications of medium and high-resolution earth observation data are becoming increasingly important and feasible, driven largely by free and open access to the Landsat archive...the Landsat archive offers a temporal dimension for decades long retrospective analysis and ongoing monitoring capabilities."

— Sagar et al., 2018, Remote Sensing, Mar 20, 2018

"With these new [Landsat] data, we can begin to unravel the mechanisms by which the ice flow is speeding up or slowing down in response to changing environmental conditions.”

— Alex Gardner, research scientist at JPL, on mapping Antarctica's ice movement with Landsat, New Maps Highlight Antarctica’s Flowing Ice, Mar 12, 2018

“It’s a fantastic time to be a user of satellite data, if you’re in that moderate resolution domain this is amazing. The Sentinels and Landsat together is going to be really a game changer. It truly is.”

— David Roy, Professor at South Dakota State University’s Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence, Landsat In Action—Landsat’s Calibration and Validation, Feb 27, 2018

"The fact that USGS and NASA makes this archive freely available, seems to me to be an inestimable service to the world, and the research community in particular."

— Grayson Cooke, Australia-based media artist; commenting on the Landsat archive, Artist Grayson Cooke Explores the Forces that Shape Earth with Landsat, Feb 22, 2018

"Sterling service of over four decades of Earth Observations. No ifs, no buts, just a long-term mission to aid science & society."

— Prof. Chris Rizos, Geodesy & Navigation at University of New South Wales; commenting on the Landsat 8 5-year anniversary, Twitter, Feb 14, 2018