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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

Petermann Glacier in northwestern Greenland is known to generate large icebergs—most notably in 2010 and 2012. Another large iceberg may be forming now. Landsat and Sentinel help glaciologists keep a close eye on this remote but significant glacier.

Petermann 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

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2020 Remote Sensing Satellite Compendium

News

Date published: December 1, 2020

EROS Releases Collection 2, Boosting Cloud Access, Accuracy, Value of Landsat Archive

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center is pleased to announce the December 1 release of Landsat Collection 2, the most significant upgrade to the Landsat archive to date.

Date published: November 24, 2020

A Tribute to Dr. Michael Freilich

The USGS lost a good friend and partner earlier this year – Dr. Michael Freilich, former Director of NASA’s Earth Science Division. The renaming of an international Sentinel 6 Earth observing satellite mission in his honor, and its successful launch on November 21, 2020, was a fitting tribute to his life and legacy.

Date published: November 18, 2020

Renowned Remote-Sensing Expert Details the Power, Potential of Time Series

When it comes to understanding the changing planet, or simply managing natural resources in a more efficient manner, Dr. Curtis Woodcock says the power of Landsat times series shouldn’t be underestimated.