National Land Imaging Program


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March 26, 2019

Using the Compare Browse Function in EarthExplorer

This tutorial explains how to use the compare browse functionality in EarthExplorer to preview Landsat scenes prior to downloading. 

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 picture showing the Woolsey fire in California
November 8, 2018

Fires Burning Across California

Satellites have captured views of the numerous major fires burning in California.

Chesapeake Bay: A Landsat 8 Surface Reflectance Mosaic
October 23, 2018

Chesapeake Bay: A Landsat 8 Surface Reflectance Mosaic

Chesapeake Bay is the Nation's largest estuary and its restoration and protection is a priority. The USGS provides scientific information to help manage this vital ecosystem. As part of that role, staff at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center created this true color composite image. The image was created using Provisional Surface Reflectance data

Satellite image showing how Hurricane Michael affected Florida.
October 16, 2018

Hurricane Michael Batters Florida Panhandle

Landsat 7 images captured before and after highlight the destructive path of the Category 4 storm.

Landsat 8 image of center pivot irrigation fields in the Arabian Desert
October 8, 2018

Landsat image of center pivot irrigation fields in the Arabian Desert

Center pivot irrigation fields in the Arabian Desert are visible in this Landsat 8 image near Meegowa, Saudi Arabia. The image was acquired on Oct 10, 2018 and is shown in a color infrared band combination (b 5,4,3).

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

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

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.