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Date published: February 25, 2021

Reprocessing of Landsat 8 data acquired from November 2020 to February 2021

As previously announced on January 14, 2021 and January 29, 2021, USGS and NASA calibration...

Date published: February 16, 2021

Landsat Collection 2 Reprocessing of Landsat 8 Images Acquired in 2015

During Landsat Collection 2 data processing in 2020, several Landsat 8 images acquired from November 1 and November 2, 2015 were processed to Level-1 products with misaligned Operational Land Imager (OLI) and Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) spectral bands. These images were quickly identified and removed from the USGS archive soon after the release of Collection 2 on December 1, 2020.  

Date published: February 9, 2021

2021 William T. Pecora Award Nominations Now Being Accepted

Nominations for the 2021 William T. Pecora Award are now being accepted through May 14, 2021. 

Date published: January 29, 2021

Update on Upcoming Reprocessing of Landsat 8 Data 

As previously announced on January 14, 2021, NASA and USGS calibration and validation engineers have observed a slow reduction in the radiometric response...

Date published: January 27, 2021

EROS Rangeland Tools Aid Western U.S. Land Managers

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.

Date published: January 27, 2021

Landsat will help U.S. and Canada Share River’s Water

A river meanders serenely through the northern prairie, waters flowing eastward. The scene’s simplicity belies the complex nature of how the water is used—especially when the river flows from one country to another and back.

Date published: January 26, 2021

Landsat, Sentinel Data Fusion Offers Potential of More Accurate ET Maps

Scientists at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center have developed an algorithm that fuses Landsat 8 and Sentinel-2 data in a way that generates more accurate daily evapotranspiration (ET) maps with a much higher spatial resolution.

Date published: January 20, 2021

Landsat Update January 2021

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Date published: January 14, 2021

Upcoming Reprocessing of Recently Acquired Landsat 8 Data

Since ​November 2020, NASA and USGS calibration and validation engineers have observed a slow reduction in radiometric response from Landsat 8's Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS). The current impact is that TIRS's image products are 1 to 3 percent ​colder than expected. ​

 

Date published: January 13, 2021

Atlas displays beauty, variety, and value of Landsat water images

Landsat satellites exist to provide information—millions of images’ worth of information—about the Earth’s surface.

Date published: January 5, 2021

First Orbital Space Flight Operations Coming to EROS, South Dakota

South Dakota’s first foray into orbital space flight operations is unfolding at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center near Sioux Falls as work begins there on a backup Landsat Multi-Satellite Operations Center (bLMOC).

Date published: December 10, 2020

Landsat 9 Launch Delay Raises Questions about Science Data Acquisitions

The slipping of Landsat 9’s original launch readiness date from December 2020 to September 2021 brings with it uncertainty to the Landsat user community, but no real panic at this point.