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Date published: December 11, 2019

Meet the USGS Landsat Project Scientist and Landsat Science Team Co-Chair

Christopher “Chris” Crawford likes to say his roles with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) as a research physical scientist, the Landsat Project Scientist, and co-chair of the Landsat Science Team are akin to staring down a foot of snow on the driveway.

Date published: December 4, 2019

Landsat, Collections Forum Updates Missions, Products, and Future Possibilities

EROS officials used a noon forum on Monday (Dec. 2) to provide high-level updates on multiple Landsat fronts—from progress on the building of Landsat 9 and its ground system to the status of existing Landsat satellites, the work of the Architecture Study Team on Landsat Next, and what’s happening with Landsat products and Collections.

Date published: November 22, 2019

Global Study Finds Algal Blooms Intensifying in Freshwater Lakes Worldwide

A study of global freshwater algal blooms funded in part by a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Landsat Science Team (LST) Award has found that harmful blooms showing up more and more in various U.S. cities are intensifying in lakes worldwide as well.

Date published: November 19, 2019

International Cooperators Find Value, Collaboration in Joining Landsat Network

Landsat’s eyes in the sky captured a riveting story of rebirth across Australia’s central deserts this past spring of 2019.

Floodwaters from Queensland in north Australia killed an estimated 500,000 cattle and inundated homes before draining to the south, cascading over riverbanks and spilling across the floodplains toward the country’s lowest point at Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre.

Date published: November 8, 2019

Indigenous Artwork Celebrates USGS, Geoscience Australia Landsat Partnership

A multi-decade partnership between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Geoscience Australia (GA) to monitor Earth’s landscapes using Landsat satellites now includes a new but also ancestral connection to their respective homelands.

Date published: October 9, 2019

New Earth As Art Collection Now Available

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center is proud to announce the 6th addition to Earth As Art.

Date published: September 30, 2019

Sept 30 - New Landsat Update Special Issue: Collection 2 Sample Products

A new issue of the Landsat Update has been posted to the Landsat Missions website.

Date published: August 20, 2019

Architecture Study Team Narrowing Options for Landsat Next

What should Landsat 10—what some are calling Landsat Next, the next generation Landsat observing system—look like when it’s launched in the middle to later 2020s? What should its capabilities be? And how might it be different while continuing the same consistency of Earth observations for which its Landsat predecessors are known?

Date published: August 6, 2019

Science Team Tackles Question of Landsat 7’s Future

With the Landsat 9 launch scheduled in less than 18 months, this question about Landsat 7 was posed to the Landsat Science Team (LST) during its June meeting at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center.

What should be done with the old bird?

Date published: July 22, 2019

New ECCOE Publication Indicates Improved Ground Control

A recent publication by the ECCOE Geometry team shows improved accuracy in ground control by deploying a triangulation method on a continent by continent basis.

Date published: June 26, 2019

2019 Joint Agency Commercial Imagery Evaluation—Land remote sensing satellite compendium

The 2019 Joint Agency Commercial Imagery Evaluation— Land Remote Sensing Satellite Compendium, released June 17, 2019, is the sum of three years of data collection on the global status of Earth imaging satellite platforms.