Land Change Science Program


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Date published: April 15, 2021

USGS Landsat Satellites Enable Google to Portray Global Change

USGS Landsat satellite data and imagery are the key foundation for the newly released Google Earth 3D Timelapse tool. The upgraded Timelapse presents a global, zoomable time-lapse video of the planet from 1984 to 2020.

Date published: February 9, 2021

2021 William T. Pecora Award Nominations Now Being Accepted

Nominations for the 2021 William T. Pecora Award are now being accepted through May 14, 2021. 

Date published: August 10, 2020

RAMPS Newsletter - Summer 2020 Edition

This season's edition of the Restoration Assessment and Monitoring Program for the Southwest Newsletter contains recent program highlights including research updates, new projects, field updates and more.

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Date published: June 8, 2020

Continuous Monitoring of Land Surface Change Over 30 Years Using the Landsat Record

The USGS Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection project has released a new suite of land-cover change products for the conterminous U.S.

Date published: May 20, 2020

RESEARCH BRIEF: Cost- benefit analysis of vegetation removal + seeding

Weighing costs relative to outcomes: woody and invasive plant removal followed by seeding in shrublands and woodlands.

New study by RAMPS researchers examines how the costs of vegetation treatments related to outcomes. 


Date published: November 18, 2019

Green Stormwater Infrastructure to Reduce Suburban Runoff

A new study finds that a high density of green stormwater infrastructure can provide enhanced mitigation of peak flows and runoff volumes compared to large, detention-based stormwater control practices.

Date published: July 30, 2019

New Phenology Viewer Released

USGS remote sensing phenology data are now available in an online map viewer application.

Date published: May 20, 2019

New Land Cover Maps Depict 15 Years of Change across America

Today, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released the latest edition of the National Land Cover Database (NLCD) for the U.S. – the most comprehensive land cover database that the USGS has ever produced. The NLCD 2016 documents land cover change in the Lower 48 states from 2001 to 2016. During this 15-year period, 7.6 percent of the conterminous U.S. changed land cover at least once.

Date published: March 5, 2019

Land Change Science Seminar

Changing Drought Extremes as a Growing Stressor of Eco-Hydro-Socio-Systems: Strategic Opportunities & Challenges for Multi-Disciplinary USGS Research