Landsat Benefits, State By State

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From mapping wildfires and permafrost thaw in Alaska to tracking algal blooms and Gypsy moth invasions in Ohio, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Landsat Program offers an expansive list of benefits across all 50 States. Click the publications tab above to download each fact sheet!

Screenshot of Ohio and Landsat state fact sheet

The USGS National Land Imaging Program has begun to produce fact sheets for all 50 states that pinpoint Landsat’s continuing contributions to the health and well-being of the Nation’s land resources. Each fact sheet offers a small window into the state-level uses of a program that returns an estimated $2.06 billion in annual economic benefit in the U.S. alone.

Click the publications tab above to find each fact sheet, and keep coming back for updates!

Landsat is the most widely used land remote sensing data source within Federal civilian agencies. Local, State, and Federal agencies use Landsat to monitor and forecast a wide range of land surface phenomena. Information from Landsat contributes to day-to-day decisions on land, water, and resource use that protect life and property; safeguard the environment; advance science, technology, and education; and grow the
U.S. economy. Landsat’s imagery provides a landscape-level view of land surface, inland lake, and coastal processes, both natural and human-induced. Landsat enables us to better understand the scope, nature, and speed of change to the natural and built environment.

Landsat’s nearly 50-year historical archive and gold standard of data quality have made it an indispensable tool for GIS-based research. The upcoming launch of Landsat 9 will carry on that tradition of excellence and maintain the program’s continuity for its myriad users and uses.

Follow this link for the Landsat Missions website.