National Land Imaging Program


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Date published: June 5, 2020

Satellite Constellations: Taking a Collective Look at Earth from 705 Kilometers Overhead

Jim Lacasse, the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Landsat Mission Operations Project Manager out at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, told the Eyes on Earth podcast crew a fascinating story the other day about satellite constellations

Date published: May 12, 2020

EROS Scientists Publish Accuracy, Guidance for Global Evapotranspiration Data

Evapotranspiration (ET) presents a difficult problem.

Evaporation from the Earth’s surface and transpiration from the leaves of plants accounts for about 60 percent of the water budget – a budget that has implications for agriculture and food security the world over.

Date published: April 29, 2020

Pixel by Pixel: How the USGS, U.S. Forest Service Checked the Work of a Computerized Landsat Mapping Project

About a year ago, scientist Bruce Pengra sat at his desk with a conundrum.

As part of the team working on the reference dataset for the USGS Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection (LCMAP) initiative’s land cover mapping project, Pengra was staring at a single speck of satellite data, a nondescript blotch of color representing a 30-meter plot of ground in Washington state....

Date published: April 29, 2020

USGS Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection releases ‘unprecedented’ reference dataset for United States

The USGS Land Change Monitoring, Assessment and Projection (LCMAP) team has released its reference dataset for the Conterminous U.S. (CONUS), an 25,000-point trove of land cover data that represents the culmination of nearly five years of intensive human...

Date published: March 17, 2020

Landsat Data Moving to Public Cloud in Early 2020

The USGS is placing a copy of its consolidated Landsat global data inventory into a commercial cloud in early 2020.

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: 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.

Date published: May 20, 2019

New Land Cover Maps Depict 15 Years of Change across America

Today, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released the latest edition of the National Land Cover Database (NLCD) for the U.S. – the most comprehensive land cover database that the USGS has ever produced. The NLCD 2016 documents land cover change in the Lower 48 states from 2001 to 2016. During this 15-year period, 7.6 percent of the conterminous U.S. changed land cover at least once.

Date published: August 14, 2018

USGS Solicits Proposals for Remote Sensing Education, Outreach and Research Grant

The National Land Imaging (NLI) Program of the USGS Land Resources Mission Area is soliciting applications from qualified Educational Institutions, State and Local Governments, and Non-profit Organizations (NPOs).

Date published: June 20, 2018

Landsat Advisory Group undertakes a Landsat Cost Recovery Study

The Department of the Interior (DOI) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have requested a Federal Advisory Committee to review USGS’s current free-and-open policy for user access to Landsat data.  The following material provides a synopsis of frequently-asked questions and answers about the ongoing review.