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Date published: April 23, 2021

New Report Explains Landsat’s Role as ‘Gold Standard’ for Calibration

Landsat data have long been recognized for the quality and reliability of their calibration. A recent report puts a spotlight on that commitment to accuracy.

Date published: April 22, 2021

Celebrating Earth Day from Above

Happy Earth Day! As we celebrate our wonderful planet and the fascinating things we learn about it every year, we wanted to share a unique view of the Earth, provided by the longest continuously running Earth-observing satellite program: Landsat.

Date published: April 15, 2021

USGS Landsat Satellites Enable Google to Portray Global Change

USGS Landsat satellite data and imagery are the key foundation for the newly released Google Earth 3D Timelapse tool. The upgraded Timelapse presents a global, zoomable time-lapse video of the planet from 1984 to 2020.

Date published: April 12, 2021

Ladies of Landsat Group Offers Sense of Belonging and Support

Finding connections and a sense of community help make work more fulfilling. But a feeling of belonging can be harder for some people to find than others. A remote-sensing-focused Twitter group is trying to do something about that.

Date published: April 2, 2021

Satellite Data Shows Value in Monitoring Deforestation, 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.

Date published: March 26, 2021

Reprocessing of Landsat 8 Data Acquired from November 2020 to February 2021 is Now Complete

New Landsat 8 Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) calibration parameters were successfully used to reprocess acquisitions from November 1, 2020 to February 19, 2021 into Collection 2 and Collection 1 products. 

Date published: March 17, 2021

Fusion of Landsat and Sentinel Data to Offer More Opportunities to Track Rapid Change Across the Globe

Landsat satellites have monitored the Earth’s surface for nearly 50 years, providing critical information for countless areas of study and real-world applications.

Date published: March 9, 2021

Backup Landsat Multi-Satellite Operations Center Opens in South Dakota

Satellite Orbital Space Flight Operations Center setting up at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center in South Dakota

Date published: March 8, 2021

Lasting Link With Landsat Helps Idaho Manage Water

On a ranking of states using water for irrigation, seeing California at the top probably wouldn’t surprise you. But would you expect Idaho to follow right behind?

Date published: March 1, 2021

Mapping Urban Heat Islands Leads NYC Council Data Team to Landsat

New York City (NYC) loses an average of 13 residents each year to heatstroke. The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene estimates more than 100 die each year from other causes associated with extreme heat. Hundreds visit emergency departments, with an average of 150 hospitalized annually.

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.