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Landsat 8 Image of Tiwi Islands
Landsat 8 Image of Tiwi Islands
Landsat 8 Image of Tiwi Islands
Landsat 8 Image of Tiwi Islands

This Landsat 8 images displays the Tiwi Islands. 

The Tiwi Islands are part of the Northern Territory, Australia, north of Darwin in the Timor Sea. They are comprised of the islands of Melville and Bathurst, and nine smaller, uninhabited islands. 

This Landsat 8 images displays the Tiwi Islands. 

The Tiwi Islands are part of the Northern Territory, Australia, north of Darwin in the Timor Sea. They are comprised of the islands of Melville and Bathurst, and nine smaller, uninhabited islands. 

Landsat 9 image sees Iceland Volcano lava
Landsat 9 Image Captures Iceland Volcano Lava
Landsat 9 Image Captures Iceland Volcano Lava
Landsat 9 Image Captures Iceland Volcano Lava

In November 2023 the Svartsengi volcanic system awakened after almost 800 years with a series of earthquakes that opened large cracks in the on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula.  An eruption on December 18th spewed lava away from the nearby coastal town of Grindavik, but the January 14, 2024 eruption sent lava directly toward the town.

In November 2023 the Svartsengi volcanic system awakened after almost 800 years with a series of earthquakes that opened large cracks in the on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula.  An eruption on December 18th spewed lava away from the nearby coastal town of Grindavik, but the January 14, 2024 eruption sent lava directly toward the town.

Fractional cover of Olifants River, Koekenaap, South Africa
Fractional cover of Olifants River, Koekenaap, South Africa
Fractional cover of Olifants River, Koekenaap, South Africa
Fractional cover of Olifants River, Koekenaap, South Africa

Fractional cover of Olifants River, Koekenaap, South Africa, with 3-month intervals captured in 2020 processed by Digital Earth Africa with legend showing the RBG (Red-Blue-Green) breakdown. Image credit: Geoscience Australia

Fractional cover of Olifants River, Koekenaap, South Africa, with 3-month intervals captured in 2020 processed by Digital Earth Africa with legend showing the RBG (Red-Blue-Green) breakdown. Image credit: Geoscience Australia

Staff in field mapping croplands
Ministry of Agriculture staff in Zambia mapping and analyzing crop production.
Ministry of Agriculture staff in Zambia mapping and analyzing crop production.
Ministry of Agriculture staff in Zambia mapping and analyzing crop production.

Ministry of Agriculture staff in Zambia mapping and analyzing crop production. Photo credit: Geoscience Australia

Team collecting field data
Field Survey on Irrigation Techniques in Mozambique
Field Survey on Irrigation Techniques in Mozambique
Field Survey on Irrigation Techniques in Mozambique

Timon Weitkamp and the team collecting field data on irrigation techniques in Mozambique. Photo credit: Geoscience Australia

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George Xian, a research physical scientist at EROS
George Xian, a research physical scientist at EROS
George Xian, a research physical scientist at EROS

George Xian, a research physical scientist at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, works in his office.

George Xian, a research physical scientist at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, works in his office.

Videos

Satellite image of a white mass of clouds with circular dark spots with a title Von Karman Vortices in the Atlantic (Image of the Week)
Von Karman Vortices in the Atlantic (Image of the Week)
Von Karman Vortices in the Atlantic (Image of the Week)

On March 3rd, near South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Landsat 9 captured this dream-like image. This natural color view shows a weather pattern known as a “Von Karman vortex street," caused by prevailing winds from the southeast.

On March 3rd, near South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Landsat 9 captured this dream-like image. This natural color view shows a weather pattern known as a “Von Karman vortex street," caused by prevailing winds from the southeast.

A model of a ship on blue background strewn with small, flat white shapes and text Image of the Week: Ice Routes in Finland Revealed by Landsat
Image of the Week: Ice Routes in Finland Revealed by Landsat
Image of the Week: Ice Routes in Finland Revealed by Landsat

Cloud-free satellite views of Lake Saimaa in Finland are rare in January. But this Landsat 9 scene, captured on January 4th, reveals over 200 miles of winter shipping lanes. The water vapor from 3 large wood pulp factories can be seen on this shoreline. One is located in Lappeenranta, where the ice route begins.

Cloud-free satellite views of Lake Saimaa in Finland are rare in January. But this Landsat 9 scene, captured on January 4th, reveals over 200 miles of winter shipping lanes. The water vapor from 3 large wood pulp factories can be seen on this shoreline. One is located in Lappeenranta, where the ice route begins.

Satellite image of land and coastline with text and logo on top Image of the Week: Fire in Northern Australia: a 2023 Timelapse
Image of the Week: Fire in Northern Australia: a 2023 Timelapse
Image of the Week: Fire in Northern Australia: a 2023 Timelapse

The bushfire season in northern Australia generally runs from May to October. 2023 was an especially intense year in the north. Select infrared imagery from the Landsat archive was used here to produce a rolling mosaic timelapse of the landscape in eight-day segments.

The bushfire season in northern Australia generally runs from May to October. 2023 was an especially intense year in the north. Select infrared imagery from the Landsat archive was used here to produce a rolling mosaic timelapse of the landscape in eight-day segments.

Photo of water and a dam with title in various colors on top, plus a fish illustration with a word bubble Image of the Week: Landsat Views of Africa's Largest Hydro Dam
Image of the Week: Landsat Views of Africa's Largest Hydro Dam
Image of the Week: Landsat Views of Africa's Largest Hydro Dam

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is set to become the largest hydroelectric power plant in Africa.

Located near the Sudan border in Ethiopia, the promising and controversial project impacts communities up and down the Blue Nile.

Landsat sensors capture the region in false color infrared, emphasizing the reservoir's boundary.

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is set to become the largest hydroelectric power plant in Africa.

Located near the Sudan border in Ethiopia, the promising and controversial project impacts communities up and down the Blue Nile.

Landsat sensors capture the region in false color infrared, emphasizing the reservoir's boundary.

Poster-type image of Earth in the background, an aerial image of land and a water tower with title/logo Image of the Week: Aerial Photos of an Image Archive
Image of the Week: Aerial Photos of an Image Archive
Image of the Week: Aerial Photos of an Image Archive

The home of the Landsat satellite archive is surrounded by corn and soybean fields. The archive is kept at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center (EROS) located near Sioux Falls, South Dakota. EROS is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

The home of the Landsat satellite archive is surrounded by corn and soybean fields. The archive is kept at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center (EROS) located near Sioux Falls, South Dakota. EROS is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Text title over a satellite image of river and land Image of the Week - Drought in Brazil
Image of the Week - Drought in Brazil
Image of the Week - Drought in Brazil

The Amazon Rainforest in South America typically experiences its drier season between the months of July and October. Satellite imagery from Landsats 9 and 8 show severe drought conditions in 2023 in comparison to 2022 when the area received average rainfall.

The Amazon Rainforest in South America typically experiences its drier season between the months of July and October. Satellite imagery from Landsats 9 and 8 show severe drought conditions in 2023 in comparison to 2022 when the area received average rainfall.

Audio

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EoE thumbnail image for Episode 117 - Preparing for Landsat Next, Part 1
EoE thumbnail image for Episode 117 - Preparing for Landsat Next, Part 1
Eyes on Earth Episode 117 – Preparing for Landsat Next, Part 1
Eyes on Earth Episode 117 – Preparing for Landsat Next, Part 1
Earth surrounded by illustration of satellite passes with a white label and three mugshots overlaying it
EoE thumbnail image for Episode 117 - Preparing for Landsat Next, Part 1
EoE thumbnail image for Episode 117 - Preparing for Landsat Next, Part 1
Eyes on Earth Episode 117 – Preparing for Landsat Next, Part 1

In this episode of Eyes on Earth, we talk with several people involved with the next Landsat mission. In Part 1, we’ll hear about how different Landsat Next will be from previous Landsat missions and how its additional spectral bands, higher resolution and 6-day revisit will benefit science and society.

In this episode of Eyes on Earth, we talk with several people involved with the next Landsat mission. In Part 1, we’ll hear about how different Landsat Next will be from previous Landsat missions and how its additional spectral bands, higher resolution and 6-day revisit will benefit science and society.

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Thumbnail image for EoE Episode 116 - Landsat Images the Twilight Zone
Thumbnail image for EoE Episode 116 - Landsat Images the Twilight Zone
Eyes on Earth Episode 116 – Landsat Images the Twilight Zone
Eyes on Earth Episode 116 – Landsat Images the Twilight Zone
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Thumbnail image for EoE Episode 116 - Landsat Images the Twilight Zone
Thumbnail image for EoE Episode 116 - Landsat Images the Twilight Zone
Eyes on Earth Episode 116 – Landsat Images the Twilight Zone

Landsat has documented changes all over the world for over 50 years. Changes in polar regions are happening especially rapidly. But it’s dark in polar regions much of the time. Therefore, a new acquisition scheme is adding more imagery of these dark, polar regions so these changes can be studied in more detail, even in polar twilight.

Landsat has documented changes all over the world for over 50 years. Changes in polar regions are happening especially rapidly. But it’s dark in polar regions much of the time. Therefore, a new acquisition scheme is adding more imagery of these dark, polar regions so these changes can be studied in more detail, even in polar twilight.

Photo of five women outside a building, with four mugshots and a little text laid on top of the photo
EoE thumbnail image for episode 115 about EROS women in science
EoE thumbnail image for episode 115 about EROS women in science
Eyes on Earth Episode 115 – EROS Women in Science
Eyes on Earth Episode 115 – EROS Women in Science
Photo of five women outside a building, with four mugshots and a little text laid on top of the photo
EoE thumbnail image for episode 115 about EROS women in science
EoE thumbnail image for episode 115 about EROS women in science
Eyes on Earth Episode 115 – EROS Women in Science

Women have been crucial to the EROS workforce from the very beginning in a variety of areas, from customer service and computers to film processing and administration.

Women have been crucial to the EROS workforce from the very beginning in a variety of areas, from customer service and computers to film processing and administration.

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Thumbnail image of EoE episode 114 on water quality with Landsat
Thumbnail image of EoE episode 114 on water quality with Landsat
Eyes on Earth Episode 114 – The Color of Water with Landsat
Eyes on Earth Episode 114 – The Color of Water with Landsat
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Thumbnail image of EoE episode 114 on water quality with Landsat
Thumbnail image of EoE episode 114 on water quality with Landsat
Eyes on Earth Episode 114 – The Color of Water with Landsat

Typically, we use Landsat data to study changes on the land—you know, Landsat. In this episode of Eyes on Earth, we learn how satellite images and pixels of water, along with actual water samples, are helpful in determining the productivity of lakes across the United States. We talk with Mendenhall Fellow and Research Geographer Dr.

Typically, we use Landsat data to study changes on the land—you know, Landsat. In this episode of Eyes on Earth, we learn how satellite images and pixels of water, along with actual water samples, are helpful in determining the productivity of lakes across the United States. We talk with Mendenhall Fellow and Research Geographer Dr.

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Thumbnail image for EoE episode 113 with EROS Science chief Terry Sohl
Thumbnail image for EoE episode 113 with EROS Science chief Terry Sohl
Eyes on Earth Episode 113 – EROS Science Leader’s Vision
Eyes on Earth Episode 113 – EROS Science Leader’s Vision
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Thumbnail image for EoE episode 113 with EROS Science chief Terry Sohl
Thumbnail image for EoE episode 113 with EROS Science chief Terry Sohl
Eyes on Earth Episode 113 – EROS Science Leader’s Vision

Terry Sohl helped develop the National Land Cover Database, NLCD, when he first arrived, and now he’s overseeing significant improvements to the widely used product. But that’s just one part of his new role.

Terry Sohl helped develop the National Land Cover Database, NLCD, when he first arrived, and now he’s overseeing significant improvements to the widely used product. But that’s just one part of his new role.

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EoE - Landsat in Popular Media Thumbnail
EoE - Landsat in Popular Media Thumbnail
Eyes on Earth Episode 112 - Landsat in Popular Media
Eyes on Earth Episode 112 - Landsat in Popular Media
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EoE - Landsat in Popular Media Thumbnail
EoE - Landsat in Popular Media Thumbnail
Eyes on Earth Episode 112 - Landsat in Popular Media

In this episode of Eyes on Earth, we aim to separate science fiction from science fact when it comes to how Landsat satellites and the EROS Center are portrayed in popular media. To do that, we consulted experts on a range of potential uses, including military, heat signatures, paleontology, and forests.

In this episode of Eyes on Earth, we aim to separate science fiction from science fact when it comes to how Landsat satellites and the EROS Center are portrayed in popular media. To do that, we consulted experts on a range of potential uses, including military, heat signatures, paleontology, and forests.