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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.

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Landsat satellites acquire useful data on wildfires around the world. Their near infrared and shortwave infrared imaging allows for detection and mapping of fire, smoke, and burn scars often in remote areas.

Worldwide Fires

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 Imagery Summit

National Land Imaging Program Fact Sheet

Landsat Missions

Landsat Benefits, State By State

Image Collections

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2020 Remote Sensing Satellite Compendium

Landsat's Legacy

News

Date published: September 21, 2021

NASA TV to Air Landsat 9 Launch, Prelaunch Activities

NASA will provide coverage of the upcoming prelaunch and launch activities for the Landsat 9 satellite, a joint NASA and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) mission that will continue the legacy of monitoring Earth’s land and coastal regions that began with the first Landsat satellite in 1972.

Date published: September 17, 2021

Landsat 9: Payloads stacked atop Atlas V for launch

The Landsat 9 spacecraft that will continue an unbroken, decades-long record of observing the changes of planet Earth and a CubeSat rideshare package are mounted atop the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. This complex launch features four burns by the Centaur upper stage to release the payloads into two different orbits.

Date published: September 16, 2021

Landsat Enables Mapping of Fire Histories Across Florida

Wildfires tend to dominate headlines. Prescribed burns, also known as controlled burns, get less attention, but they’re certainly not uncommon—especially in the Southeast.

Publications

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Year Published: 2021

South Dakota and Landsat

Few states derive as much of their social and economic well-being from the land as South Dakota. Agriculture is the State’s primary industry. Hunting, fishing, tourism, mining, and hydroelectric power are also important economic and cultural drivers. Data from the U.S. Geological Survey Landsat program, archived at the U.S. Geological Survey Earth...

U.S. Geological Survey, 2021, South Dakota and Landsat: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2021–3035, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20213035.

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California and Landsat

California has remarkable geographic diversity, from 1,100 miles of Pacific shoreline to 33 million acres of trees, including its famous redwood forests along the Pacific Coast Highway, U.S. Route 101. And although California’s nickname is “The Golden State," it may also deserve the title of “The Extreme State.” Mount Whitney, the highest peak in...

U.S. Geological Survey, 2021, California and Landsat: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2021–3034, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20213034.

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Year Published: 2021

System characterization of Earth observation sensors

This U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report provides information from assessments of Earth observation sensors completed by the U.S. Geological Survey Earth Resources Observation and Science Cal/Val Center of Excellence. These reports are provided as independent measures of basic system performance by the Earth Resources Observation and Science...

Ramaseri Chandra, Shankar N.
Ramaseri Chandra, S.N., comp., 2021, System characterization of Earth observation sensors: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2021–1030, [variously paged], https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20211030.