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Example of the Landsat 8 Aquatic Reflectance Science Product
March 27, 2020

Example of the Landsat 8 Aquatic Reflectance Science Product

Left: Land surface reflectance natural color composite image (bands 4,3,2); Right: aquatic reflectance Band 2 (Blue band) image of San Francisco Bay, using data acquired by Landsat 8 (Path 44 Row 33) on October 7, 2018

Attribution: Land Resources
Color image of satellite image and two guests of the USGS EROS Eyes on Earth podcast
February 24, 2020

Eyes on Earth Episode 19 – 100 Million Landsat Downloads

For decades, each Landsat image had a price tag – a hefty one at times, ranging from $400 to as much as $4,000. That all changed in 2008 with the enactment of an open data policy that made the entire Landsat archive available for download at no cost to the user. In this episode of Eyes on Earth, we talk with one of the architects of that policy, as well as an EROS data

Color satellite image of Mount Taranaki in New Zealand
May 24, 2017

100 Millionth Landsat download with labels

The 100 millionth Landsat scene downloaded from the Landsat data archive at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The Landsat 8 scene was acquired on May 24, 2017 of WRS-2 Path 73, Row 87.  The image a natural-color composite of Landsat 8 Bands 4, 3, and 2, shows the southwest end of New Zealand’s North Island.

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Color image of scientists with graphic for USGS EROS podcast "Eyes on Earth"
February 24, 2019

Eyes on Earth Episode 18 — Landsat's International Partners

Across the planet, in rural settings on uncluttered landscapes, there are satellite antennas receiving data directly from Landsat satellites as they pass 438 miles overhead at more than 17,000 miles per hour. It happens multiple times a day, in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, South Korea, and elsewhere. The International Cooperators network has 20 ground stations in 14

Color photo of Gabriel Senay with graphic for USGS EROS podcast Eyes on Earth
September 12, 2019

Eyes on Earth Episode 17 - Evapotranspiration

It’s easy enough to measure rainfall, and nearly as easy to measure streamflow. Calculating the efficiency of water use through the metric of evapotranspiration (ET) – evaporation off the Earth’s surface and transpiration from the leaves of plants – is a far trickier proposal. In this episode of Eyes on Earth, we hear how scientists use satellites like Landsat to measure

Landsat 8 Surface Reflectance example
May 3, 2013

Landsat 8 Surface Reflectance example

Left: Landsat 8 Top of Atmosphere reflectance image (bands 4,3,2) and Right: Landsat 8 atmospherically corrected surface reflectance image for an area in Nepal, path 141 row 40 acquired on May 3, 2013.

Attribution: Land Resources
Landsat 8 image of Phoenix, Arizona
January 13, 2020

Landsat 8 image of Phoenix, Arizona

Landsat 8 image of Phoenix, Arizona, acquired on January 13, 2020 (Path 37 Row 36).  This false color image uses the short-wave infrared, near infrared, and red bands (bands 6, 5, 4) to display the data.

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Attribution: Land Resources
Nighttime Landsat 8 image of the Taal Volcano
January 15, 2020

Nighttime Landsat 8 image of the Taal Volcano

This image shows a false color (bands 7,6,5) nighttime Landsat 8 image of the Taal Volcano overlaid on a daytime Landsat panchromatic black and white image (band 8). The nighttime image from path 220/row194 was acquired on January 15, 2020, a few days after the volcano's eruption. The heat signature from volcanic activity shows up as bright oragne/red. The daytime image

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Attribution: Land Resources
Color photo of Doug Daniels with the graphic for the USGS EROS podcast "Eyes on Earth"
September 4, 2019

Eyes on Earth Episode 14 – Space Debris

Sixty years of manned and unmanned space flight have left a cosmic junkyard circling the planet. In 2017, the U.S. government reported that it logged 308,984 close calls with space junk and issued 655 emergency-reportable alerts to satellite operators. In this episode, we learn about that debris, its potential dangers, and how Landsat flight operators keep their satellites

Color photo of geographer Roger Auch with "Eyes on Earth" podcast graphic
June 14, 2019

Eyes on Earth Episode 13 – Land Use

Summary: Scientists at EROS use tools like Landsat to produce land cover maps, which tell us if landscapes are rural or urban, cropped or forested, wetland or shrubland. Those maps help scientists at EROS and around the U.S. study the impact of changes in land use on not just landscapes, but on ecosystems, patterns of resource use, wildlife habitat, and much more. In this

Map displaying Landsat 7 scenes not acquired Dec 17, 2019
December 17, 2019

Map displaying Landsat 7 scenes not acquired Dec 17, 2019

This map displays Landsat 7 scenes not acquired Dec 17, 2019, due to a choke anamoly on the ETM+ sensor's solid state recorder. 

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Attribution: Land Resources
December 9, 2019

Landsat Science Products

The USGS has developed Landsat-derived Level 2 and Level 3 science products that reduce the amount of time users spend on data processing and provide research quality, applications-ready information to monitor, assess and project how changes in the Earth's surface may affect communities and ecosystems. The Landsat Program is a series of Earth-observing satellites co-