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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 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 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.

Satellite image showing the damage from flooding.
May 12, 2018

Solai Dam Tragedy in Kenya

Heavy spring rains and widespread flooding has killed more than 150 people and displaced thousands in Kenya this year.

 

An image of lava flow at Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano
May 6, 2018

A History of Lava Flows at Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano

New fissures opened up on Hawaii’s Big Island in early May 2018, spouting lava that destroyed homes in the Leilani Estates neighborhood.

Satellite image of the fire in Arizona.
May 1, 2018

Rattlesnake Fire, Arizona

The 2018 fire season is already active in the western United States. One of the larger wildfires so far is the Rattlesnake Fire. 

April 20, 2018

MODIS and VIIRS Observe Snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensor is located onboard NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites. The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) sensor is located onboard the joint NASA/NOAA Suomi National Polar-Orbiting Partnership (S-NPP) and data products created by NASA provide a continuation of the MODIS data heritage. These data are crucial

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Satellite image showing the growth of Las Vegas.
April 11, 2018

Urban Growth in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Decades of consistent data from Landsat help scientists monitor the growth of urban areas in a world where more than half of the population lives in cities. For example, Las Vegas, Nevada, one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States, has seen its population expand from 273,000 in 1972 to 2,204,

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February 20, 2018

Terra MODIS Global Land Surface Temperature 2017

Observe changes in land surface temperature over the course of 2017, with Terra MODIS images. The images were created using the 8-day composite Terra MODIS LST data product (MOD11C2). To learn more about MODIS LST data, and other data products distributed by the LP DAAC, please visit https://lpdaac.usgs.gov/.

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Satellite images showing the new ski runs at the 2018 Olympics.
February 12, 2018

Olympic Skiing and Land Change

Images from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) onboard NASA's Terra satellite show how one area in South Korea transformed from mountainous forest to a world-class downhill skiing venue to get ready for the 2018 Winter Olympics.