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Our Nation’s economic security and environmental vitality rely on continuous monitoring of the Earth’s continents, islands, and coastal regions in order to record, study, and understand land change at local, regional, and global scales. The USGS National Land Imaging (NLI) Program helps meet this need.

Image of the Week

Image of the Week

The remote ice fields of southern Chile have seen some dramatic change over the past three decades; change made clear by Landsat's deep archive of imagery.

Chile Glacier

Landsat 9 Road to Launch

Landsat 9 Road to Launch

Launching in 2021, Landsat 9 is a partnership between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey. Learn about the process of building Landsat 9 and how it will extend Landsat's unbroken record of our planet to over half a century.

Road to Launch

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Follow these links to learn more about our remote sensing research partnerships, how to access and download data, our image collections, news articles, and more.

National Land Imaging Program Fact Sheet

Landsat Missions

NLI Highlights

Image Collections

Pecora Award

Find and Download Data

2020 Remote Sensing Satellite Compendium

News

Date published: March 2, 2021

USGS Upgrades, Improves Earthshots Page Featuring Stories of Change

The USGS Earthshots website, managed by the Communication & Outreach department at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, shows the value of observing the Earth with satellites at a level that (we hope) non-scientists can understand.

Date published: January 27, 2021

EROS Rangeland Tools Aid Western U.S. Land Managers

The extensive rangelands across the Western United States are threatened by invasive grasses, climate change, and altered fire regimes that can disturb the landscape. The largely semi-arid lands are also important for the survival of species that need undisturbed sagebrush ecosystems to thrive.

Date published: January 27, 2021

Landsat will help U.S. and Canada Share River’s Water

A river meanders serenely through the northern prairie, waters flowing eastward. The scene’s simplicity belies the complex nature of how the water is used—especially when the river flows from one country to another and back.

Publications

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Year Published: 2021

Landsat collection 2

Landsat Collections ensure that all Landsat Level-1 data are consistently calibrated and processed and retain traceability of data quality provenance. Landsat Collection 2 introduces improvements that harness recent advancements in data processing, algorithm development, data access, and distribution capabilities. Collection 2 includes Landsat...

U.S. Geological Survey, 2021, Landsat Collection 2 (ver. 1.1, January 15, 2021): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2021–3002, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20213002.

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Year Published: 2020

Maine and Landsat

Maine is a place of rocky coastlines, of rich maritime history symbolized by lighthouses dotting the ocean bluffs, and of wondrous nature areas like the granite and spruce islands of Acadia National Park. But Maine is a place of changes, too. Climate variability has brought the state heavier and more frequent rainstorms. Summers are hotter and...

U.S. Geological Survey, 2020, Maine and Landsat: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020–3066, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20203066.

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Year Published: 2020

Minnesota and Landsat

Landsat land-imaging satellites underpin public and private sector decisions in the Minnesota and across the Nation for effective adaptation to changing landscapes. Those decisions often lead to enhanced agricultural productivity, smart urban development, and sustainable forest management. Landsat also enables more accurate inland lake water-...

U.S. Geological Survey, 2020, Minnesota and Landsat: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020–3059, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20203059.