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Date published: November 13, 2020

Newly Released Elevation Dataset Highlights Value, Importance of International Partnerships

A new, freely-available digital elevation dataset born of international collaboration has the potential to improve the quality of Landsat and Sentinel satellite data, bolster interoperability across a wide range of satellite systems, and will offer immediate benefits to elevation modeling both within and outside the USGS.

Date published: September 11, 2020

Landsat Science Team Member: Satellites Can Play Greater Role in Informing Global Policies

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that scientists and engineers are constantly pushing the envelope to improve remote-sensing data and their utility, says Matt Hansen, a Landsat Science Team (LST) member and professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland in College Park.

Date published: August 25, 2020

Lunar Calibration with Landsat

The next full moon will come on September 2, 2020. And when you look up to see it, so will Landsat 8. As probably the most accurate Earth imaging satellite system, Landsat has multiple ways of calibrating data to ensure its accuracy and interoperability with other satellites. One of the strategies the calibration engineers use is lunar calibration.

Date published: August 17, 2020

Landsat 7 Flight Operations Team Celebrates Eight Straight Years of No Operator Errors

The U.S. Geological Survey’s Landsat 7 Flight Operations Team achieved nothing less than a major milestone in mid-July of 2020. For eight straight years, they had not one operator error. Not one.

Date published: July 15, 2020

Tracking Change Across Time and Space with LCMAP

The U.S. Geological Survey took a bold step toward documenting change across the landscape with the launch of the first Landsat satellite in 1972. Since then, the orbiters have collected nearly five decades of imagery.

Date published: July 1, 2020

Bauer Discusses Peer Review’s Role in Strengthening Remote Sensing Science

Remote sensing is not an especially recognized scientific discipline, at least in comparison to fields like biology, chemistry, or medicine.

Date published: June 24, 2020

Wildfire Support from 438 Miles Above

USGS Fire Science is fundamental to understanding the causes, consequences, and benefits of wildfire and helps prevent and manage larger, catastrophic events. USGS scientists and programs provide information and develop tools that are widely used by stakeholders to make decisions before, during, and after wildfires across the nation.

Date published: June 17, 2020

Calibration Test Site Becomes Agricultural Hotspot

The Landsat satellites were designed to detect landscape changes over time. However, sometimes what Landsat needs to see on the Earth’s surface is no change at all.

Date published: June 16, 2020

Geoscience Australia’s Oliver Discusses Use of Landsat during Country’s Historic Fires

Australia’s historic fires, the Black Summer fires, raged from September 2019 into February of 2020, and weren’t fully extinguished until this past March.

Date published: June 9, 2020

From Concept to Reality, USGS Land Change, Monitoring, Assessment and Projection Pushes Boundaries in Service of Science

More than a decade ago, Tom Loveland sat down to sketch out a few thoughts on land change and the Landsat archive.

The archive was and remains rich with history, adding new observations of the entire planet every eight days. But at that point, Landsat-based land change research was about comparing points in time – this year versus five years ago, to 10 years ago, and so on.

Date published: June 8, 2020

Continuous Monitoring of Land Surface Change Over 30 Years Using the Landsat Record

The USGS Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection project has released a new suite of land-cover change products for the conterminous U.S.

Date published: April 30, 2020

EROS Reaches Out to Kids with Landsat Activities

The Communication & Outreach (C&O) team at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center is working on some quick ways to connect with students who are currently doing school from home.