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Map of AK showing probability of change occurrence
December 31, 2018

Map of AK showing probability of change occurrence

Map of Alaska showing probability (%) of change occurrence. Insets show fire boundaries from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Large Fire Database and Landsat 8 imagery (bottom right; 2016) north of Fairbanks, Alaska.

Satellite image showing Hurricane Florence flooding.
September 26, 2018

The Slow Path of Florence Flooding

Hurricane Florence hit the Carolina coast on September 14, 2018, but it took much longer for the full impact to emerge.

Conway, South Carolina saw some of its most severe flooding nearly two weeks after the storm hit. This Landsat 8 image from September 26 shows the Waccamaw and Little Pee Dee rivers swollen on

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Satellite showing how fire scar is no longer present.
September 16, 2018

Cottonwood Fire, 2016

October 16, 2018, marks the two-year anniversary of the Cottonwood Fire in western South Dakota. The fire consumed a large swath of grassland near the community of Wall and just north of Badlands National Park.

Satellite image showing how there is damage due to beetles in the Black Hills.
September 8, 2018

Beetle Damage in the Black Hills

Mountain pine beetles are about the size of a grain of rice, so of course we can’t see them from space in satellite images. What is visible is what the beetles can do to a pine forest. The washed-out pink color indicates large areas of standing dead or damaged trees.

Satellite image showing reflection of soil.
August 26, 2018

Burning Man's Temporary City

Burning Man is named for the wooden effigy set ablaze at the end of the weeklong celebration in the temporary metropolis of Black Rock City.

Band 7 of Landsat 8’s Operational Land Imager is sensitive to moisture in and above the soil. It makes the silty water that runs through the playa on May 22, 2017 pop in

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Satellite image showing the eclipse.
August 21, 2018

One Year Ago: Total Eclipse Darkens Nebraska Sandhills

A total solar eclipse darkened the skies over the United States on Aug. 21, 2017.

Oshkosh, a town in the Nebraska Sandhills, was a prime location for viewing the eclipse. This Landsat 7 image shows the town at 11:33 a.m. local time on Aug. 18, 2016, a year before the total eclipse.

Satellite image of fire destruction.
August 11, 2018

Mendocino Complex Fire Scorches Northern California

Landsat 8 captured satellite views of California's largest wildfire on record in the summer of 2018. The Mendocino Complex fire in northern California is a combination of two fires: the Ranch Fire and the River Fire.

Satellite image showing the lake size from 1972 until present.
August 11, 2018

Lake Thompson, South Dakota

Many lakes in South Dakota's Prairie Pothole Region are expanding. Lake Thompson in eastern South Dakota is one that has displayed remarkable change in recent decades.

Satellite image showing the coastline of Norway.
July 28, 2018

8 Million Landsat Scenes

The Landsat archive has added its 8 millionth scene. This stunning image was captured by Landsat 8 on July 28, 2018. It shows the coastline of Nordaustlandet, the second-largest island in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago.

 Deadly Mudslides in Japan
July 9, 2018

Deadly Mudslides in Japan

Torrential rainfall swamped western Japan in July of 2018. The rain caused mudslides that flooded cities, damaged buildings and rattled the nation’s infrastructure.

Satellite differences in imagery.
July 8, 2018

The Progress of Landsat Sensor Technology

Landsat sensor technology has come a long way since the days of the Return Beam Vidicon cameras on the first three Landsat satellites. Known as the RBV, it was originally intended to be the satellites’ primary sensor. But the Multispectral Scanner, or MSS, became the more stable and superior instrument.

Landsat 8 mosaic image of the Black Hills and Badlands, South Dakota
June 22, 2018

Landsat 8 mosaic image of the Black Hills and Badlands, South Dakota

This image showing the Black Hills and Badlands, South Dakota is a mosaic of multiple Landsat 8 scenes acquired in 2015 and 2016.