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Ellen Whitman and Rob Skakun of Natural Resources Canada with the graphic for the USGS EROS podcast "Eyes on Earth"
June 1, 2021

Eyes on Earth Episode 53 - Remapping Canada's Fire History

Mapping fire perimeters is important work. It guides post-fire restoration efforts, fire mitigation strategies, and helps track of trends in burn severity over time. In the past, many of Canada’s fire agencies relied heavily on techniques like sketch mapping, which estimate burned area without exact measurements. In the pre-satellite era, pilots would sometimes fly over

color photo of Dr. Andrew Reinmann with the graphic for the USGS EROS podcast "Eyes on Earth"
May 20, 2021

Eyes on Earth Episode 52 – Tracking ‘Gray Ghosts’ with Landsat

The invasive species hemlock woolly adelgid is a threat to eastern hemlocks, filling some southeastern U.S. forests with what are called “gray ghosts” of the trees. Until recently, the insect had stayed in the southern part New York, but late last summer, an infestation was discovered in the Adirondacks. On this episode of Eyes on Earth, a New York university researcher

Landsat 8 Collection 2 image of the Richat Structure
April 25, 2021

Landsat 8 Collection 2 image of the Richat Structure

This Landsat 8 Collection 2 image was acquired over the Richat Structure near the western edge of the Sahara Desert on April 25, 2020 and is shown as a natural color composite using the red, green, and blue bands (Bands 4,3,2).

Also known as the Eye of the Sahara or Guelb er Richat, the Eye is a symmetrical dome of eroded sedimentary and volcanic rock. The outermost

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Landsat 8 Collection 2 image of the Menindee Lakes in Australia
May 14, 2021

Landsat 8 Collection 2 image of the Menindee Lakes in Australia

The Menindee Lakes in the Far West of New South Wales, Australia, are seen in this Landsat 8 Collection 2 image from May 14, 2021, and is shown as a natural color composite using the red, green, and blue bands (Bands 4,3,2).

Located along the Darling-Baaka River, the series of naturally occurring shallow, ephemeral lakes were modified with regulating structures for

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April 30, 2021

Landsat Collection 1 vs Collection 2 Summary

This file displays the calibration, data processing, metadata, and product differences between Landsat Collection 1 Level-1, Level-2 U.S. Analysis Ready Data (ARD), and Landsat Collection 2 products. 

color photo of Dr. Kate Fickas with the graphic for the USGS EROS podcast Eyes on Earth
March 19, 2021

Eyes on Earth Episode 47 – Ladies of Landsat

Ladies of Landsat aims to help women and other underrepresented groups feel welcomed and supported in the field of remote sensing. The Twitter group has grown to 5,700 members and counting since Dr. Kate Fickas started it in 2018 during a Landsat Science Team meeting at EROS. In this episode of Eyes on Earth, we learn about the ambitions and actions of the group, why a

Color photo of Dr. Eric Bullock with graphic for USGS EROS podcast Eyes on Earth
March 11, 2021

Eyes on Earth Episode 46 – Deforestation and Forest Degradation

Deforestation is a significant concern for many parts of the globe, particularly in places like the rainforests of the Amazon or the Congo. Scientists, governments, and non-governmental organizations turn to satellite data to track deforestation, as well as to set targets for improvement. On this episode of Eyes on Earth, we hear from a remote sensing specialist with the U

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

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.