saltmarsh habitats in the Jubail Conservation

May 9, 2019
The 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.

Yukon Flats land cover

Mar 27, 2019
Landsat, 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.

animation of river meandering

Feb 6, 2019
Sharp Bends Make Rivers Meander, As Landsat Attests

Turns out, the rate of river migration is directly linked to how sharp its bends are.

mudflat invertebrates sampling

Jan 28, 2019
Loss of Intertidal Ecosystem Exposes Coastal Communities

The study used machine-learning to analyze more than 700,000 Landsat images to map changing global distribution of intertidal areas over a 30-year period.

US ET 2017

Dec 14, 2018
Mapping Water Use Nationwide With Landsat

USGS EROS scientists are leveraging the capability and history of Landsat along with weather data to map landscape-wide water consumption.

How channel morphology information is abstracted from imagery

Dec 14, 2018
How Landsat Helps Alert Communities to Local Flood Hazards

For larger rivers, Landsat provides a rich dataset to define spatiotemporal patterns of channel shifting.

agriculture image

Dec 13, 2018
Landsat Thermal Data Provides Insight to Vintners

Landsat thermal bands allow for the measurement of water use and moisture status at the management scale.

first year of irrigation

Dec 13, 2018
The Shifting Irrigation Patterns of the U.S. High Plains Aquifer

A new method to use the full Landsat archive to produce annual maps of irrigated area over the High Plains Aquifer in the central United States.

secchi disk

Dec 12, 2018
Retrieving Secchi Depth with Landsat 8

Landsat 8 allows for the acquisition of spectral data for monitoring water quality from lakes and drinking water reservoirs across the United States.

Brahmaputra River at sunset

Dec 11, 2018
Watching River Islands Grow on the Brahmaputra

Stable river islands locally known as ‘chars’ are increasing in the Brahmaputra river.

Salt marsh on Assateague Island

Dec 11, 2018
Mapping Long-term Salt Marsh Change with Landsat

This research identified the Delmarva as an area of significant salt marsh loss over the last three decades.

tile drainage installation

Dec 11, 2018
Improving Water Resource Management in the Great Plains

Making annual high-resolution agricultural subsurface drainage maps for the Northern Great Plains regions using multiple satellite and model datasets with Google Earth Engine.

oyster reef

Dec 10, 2018
Investigating the Ecosystem Services Provided by Oysters

There is evidence of oyster reefs driving estuary-scale detention of freshwater in the Suwannee Sound.

a smelly HAB

Oct 11, 2018
Satellites on Toxic Algae Patrol

Increasingly, water managers are turning to satellites like Landsat to monitor inland waters.

Flinders River estuary at low tide

Sep 1, 2018
Reading the Tides: Monitoring Estuarine Habitats in Northern Australia with Landsat

Australian researchers have used Landsat imagery to map coastal habitats critical to threatened and migratory species in northern Australia.

Landsat in Action

Sep 1, 2018
USGS Video: Landsat in Action—Water Use with Molly Maupin and Gabriel Senay

Find out how Landsat imagery has been used by the National Water Census and in studying water use trends.

Suwannee River entering Gulf of Mexico

Aug 30, 2018
Where Rivers Meet the Sea—Envisioning Science with Landsat

A Landsat 8 image of the Suwannee River meeting the Gulf of Mexico took first place in this year’s Envisioning Science image competition held by NC State.

Split iceberg

Aug 7, 2018
Seeing Hidden Worlds Under Melting Ice

Multi-year comparison of Landsat images can unmask previously unknown geography.

Cape Code National Seashore

Jul 18, 2018
Landsat-based Global Study of World’s Beaches Shows Threat to Protected Areas

Using 30 years of Landsat data, a team of scientists and engineers from the Netherlands determined how Earth’s sandy beaches are changing.

Lake Sunapee algal bloom

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

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

dead red gum trees

May 29, 2018
Rain 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, 2018
Supraglacial 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.

center-pivot irrigation crops in the Saudi desert

May 16, 2018
Satellites 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.

northeast of sprague river village

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

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

Franz Josef Land

Apr 24, 2018
Recent Russian Arctic Glacier Loss Doubles From the Previous 60 Years

Geophysicists examining glacier changes in the Russian Arctic have found that the rate of ice mass loss has nearly doubled over the last decade when compared to records from the previous 60 years.

crop irrigation

Apr 23, 2018
Landsat 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.

Glen Canyon Dam

Mar 15, 2018
Land Under Water: Estimating Hydropower’s Land Use Impacts

A team of Norwegian-based researchers has developed an innovative way to describe how much land it takes to generate a kilowatt-hour of electricity from hydropower.

Martha Anderson

Feb 5, 2018
USGS Video: Landsat in Action—Monitoring Crop Land with Martha Anderson

Martha Anderson talks about the value of Landsat and its thermal data for understanding agricultural lands.

Leif Olmanson

Jan 30, 2018
USGS Video: Landsat in Action—Minnesota Lakes with Leif Olmanson

Leif Olmanson talks about the value of Landsat data for monitoring the thousands of lakes in Minnesota.

water quality map

Jan 26, 2018
UNESCO Launches a Pioneering Tool to Monitor Water Quality

Using data from Landsat and Sentinel-2, UNESCO is providing freshwater quality information at the global scale.

John Schott

Jan 9, 2018
USGS Video: Landsat in Action—Tracking Water Changes with John Schott

John Schott discusses using Landsat Data over the years and how its thermal data tracks temperature changes in water bodies.

clearcut mangrove in Tanzania

Dec 15, 2017
Global Mangrove Mapping with Landsat

The area of mangrove wetlands around the world has been declining over recent decades.

River Findhorn

Dec 14, 2017
Measuring the Wide World of Rivers

Using Landsat to measure river widths around the world.

Andrew Elmore

Dec 14, 2017
USGS Video: Landsat in Action—Changing Forest Phenology with Andrew Elmore

Elmore delves into the changing phenology of forests and how that impacts the amount of carbon dioxide going into the atmosphere.

kelp on Falkland Islands

Dec 14, 2017
Floating Forests: Citizen Scientists are Mapping Giant Kelp with Landsat

Learn more about the huge citizen science kelp mapping endeavor called Floating Forests.

clear water in Florida Keys

Dec 13, 2017
What Lies Beneath: Mapping Benthic Habitats with Landsat

A method for mapping coral reefs or other benthic habitats over time.

wetlands in Baylands Nature Preserve

Dec 13, 2017
How Much Swamp Are We Talking Here?
Towards Better Mapping of Coastal Wetlands

Ways to better estimate the greenhouse gas contributions of wetlands.

Murray River

Dec 13, 2017
Graphing a Path to Survival: Habitat Connectivity in Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin

Quantifying the impact of historic land-use and hydroclimatic variability on landscape connectivity dynamics across Australia’s breadbasket.

Nunavut, Canada

Dec 11, 2017
Water in Flux—Monitoring Shifting Water Body Sizes in Canada

Monitoring surface water trends in North Western Canada.

Palo Verde diversion dam

Dec 11, 2017
Farm Crops for City Drops: Assessing Water Right Transfers With Landsat

Thirty-one years of observed water use trends in the Southwestern U.S.

Sarasota Bridge

Dec 11, 2017
Shedding Light on Watershed Management Priorities

Learn more about a water quality modeling tool known as SPARROW.

global cropland distribution

Nov 14, 2017
New Landsat-Based Map of Worldwide Croplands Supports Food and Water Security

A new map was released today detailing croplands worldwide in the highest resolution yet.

Alan Belward

Nov 6, 2017
Landsat Talks—The Karkheh River as Seen by Landsat 1993-2002

Dr. Alan Belward describes water changes around Iran’s Karkheh River between 1993-2002.

Republican River's South Fork

Oct 20, 2017
How Much Water Flows into Ag Irrigation? Landsat Knows

Researchers detail their use of satellite images to produce annual maps of irrigation.

Alan Belward

Oct 18, 2017
USGS Video: Landsat in Action—Interview with Alan Belward

Alan Belward from the European Union’s Joint Research Center discusses how Landsat helps his team promote sustainable development.

American Oyster

Aug 24, 2017
Oyster Prospecting with Landsat 8

In the first study of its kind, researchers from the University of Maine have demonstrated that Landsat 8 satellite data can be used to find locations where oysters farms should thrive.

Buffer vegetation along Corsica River

Jun 1, 2017
Mapping Chesapeake’s Future From Today’s Land Use

USGS’ pixel-by-pixel land use forecasts offer essential road maps for restoration.

Magnetic Island intertidal zone

May 25, 2017
Welcome to the Intertidal Zone:
Mapping Australia’s Coast with Landsat

Using 28 years of Landsat data, an Australian research team has created a continent-wide intertidal zone extent map for the whole of the Australian coast.

algal bloom in Lake Erie 2015

May 15, 2017
How Landsat Data Led to a Breakthrough for Lake Erie Toxic Algal Blooms

With the growing frequency and magnitude of toxic freshwater algal blooms becoming an increasingly worrisome public health concern, Carnegie scientists Jeff Ho and Anna Michalak, along with colleagues, have made new advances in understanding the […]

migratory birds at field site

Mar 27, 2017
Landsat Reveals Bird Habitat Loss in California

Drought and reduced seasonal flooding of wetlands and farm fields threaten a globally important stopover site for tens of thousands of migratory shorebirds in California’s Sacramento Valley, a new Duke University-led study shows.