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Color photo of Dr. Alan Belward with the graphic for the USGS EROS podcast "Eyes on Earth"
January 26, 2021

Eyes on Earth Episode 44 – Landsat Water Atlas

Dr. Alan Belward has spent a lot of time thinking about the planet’s surface water. The former Landsat Science Team member uses satellite data to track changes to lakes, rivers, and streams, and recently published a book that uses Landsat data to tell some of those stories. In this episode of Eyes on Earth, we hear about some of the surprising things Belward and his team

January 29, 2021

Image of the Week: Glacial Retreat Fills Alaska Lake

The visible impact of climate change on the Earth’s surface is often clearest in the Arctic’s receding glaciers and swelling glacial lakes. Southeastern Alaska’s Harlequin Lake is one of the fastest-growing in North America. These false color Landsat images show the rapidly-retreating Yakutat Glacier, which feeds the lake. Landsat can be used to illustrate the lake’s

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February 4, 2021

Landsat Collection 1 vs Collection 2 Summary

This file displays the aspects of Landsat Collection 1, compared to the changes made in Landsat Collection 2

color photo of USGS EROS scientist Matthew Rigge
December 23, 2020

Eyes on Earth Episode 42 – Rangelands of the U.S.

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. But most satellite-based land cover datasets don’t offer the kind of detail

Color satellite image, with photos of Chris Barnes and Chris Barber and the Eyes on Earth podcast logo
December 14, 2020

Eyes on Earth Episode 40 – Landsat Collection 2

Landsat data is more useful today than at any other point in its nearly 50-year history. The USGS Collections strategy is a major reason why. Landsat Collections align and correct satellite acquisitions from 1972 through the present to make the data easier to work with through time. The USGS has now released Collection 2, an upgrade that improves geometric accuracy,

Example of Landsat 5 Collection 2
October 6, 2010

Example of Landsat 5 Collection 2

Example of Landsat 5 Collection 2 data over Bremerton, WA. acquired on October 6, 2010. Left: Level 1 data, middle: Level-2 surface reflectance, right: Level-2 surface temperature.

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December 2, 2020

Landsat Update Special Issue December 2020

Landsat Updates are prepared periodically and distributed electronically to provide information about Landsat activities and related topics of interest.

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Example of the Landsat 8 Collection 2 products
May 3, 2013

Example of the Landsat 8 Collection 2 products

Left: Landsat 8 Collection 2 level-1 top of atmosphere reflectance image, center: Landsat 8 Collection 2 level-2 atmospherically corrected surface reflectance image, and right: Landsat 8 Collection 2 level-2 surface temperature image for an area over the Sapta Koshi River in Bairawa, Nepal (path 140 row 41) acquired on May 3, 2013.

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Landsat 5 image showing the Seattle area
October 6, 2010

Landsat 5 image showing the Seattle, Washington area

Example of the Landsat 4-5 TM Collection 2 level-1 product. This Landsat 5 image was acquired on October 6, 2010 near Seattle, Washington and is shown as a natural color composite using the red, green, and blue bands (bands 3,2,1).

Landsat 1 image showing the Fallon, Nevada area
June 26, 1974

Landsat 1 image showing the Fallon, Nevada area

Example of the Landsat 1-5 MSS Collection 2 level-1 product. This Landsat 1 image was acquired on June 26, 1974 near Fallon, Nevada and is shown as a false color composite using the near-infrared, red, and green bands (bands 3,2,1).

Landsat 7 image showing the area near Ciudad Obregón, Mexico
January 1, 2003

Landsat 7 image showing the area near Ciudad Obregón, Mexico

Example of the Landsat 7 ETM+ Collection 2 level-1 product. This Landsat 7 image was acquired on January 1, 2003 near Ciudad Obregón, Mexico and is shown as a natural color composite using the red, green, and blue bands (bands 3,2,1).

Landsat 8 image showing Lakes Everard and Harry in S. Australia
August 18, 2020

Landsat 8 image showing Lakes Everard and Harry in S. Australia

Example of the Landsat 8 OLI/TIRS Collection 2 level-1 product. This Landsat 8 image was acquired on August 18, 2020 over Lake Everard and Lake Harry in southern Australia and is shown as a false color composite using the shortwave infrared, near infrared, and red bands (bands 6,5,4).