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Landsat Missions


Since 1972, Landsat satellites have created the longest continuously-acquired space-based, moderate-resolution data archive.  This joint USGS/NASA initiative supports worldwide remote sensing studies and helps land managers and policymakers make informed decisions about our natural resources and the environment.

The USGS Landsat Project is a part of the National Land Imaging (NLI) Program.

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Landsat Science Products

Landsat Science Products

Landsat Level-2 and Level-3 Science Products contain higher-level data to allow scientists to better document changes to Earth's terrestrial environment.

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U.S. Landsat ARD

U.S. Landsat ARD

U.S. Landsat Analysis Ready Data (ARD) are processed to highest scientific standards, and placed in a tile-based structure to support time-series analysis.

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Landsat Collections

Landsat Collections

Landsat Collections ensures that the data in the Landsat Level-1 archive are consistent in processing and data quality to support time-series analyses and data stacking.

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Date published: July 20, 2018

ClimateEngine.org Helps Assess Effectiveness of Riparian Restoration Projects

Assessments of restoration effectiveness in riparian areas depend on quality monitoring data, which can be both expensive and difficult to collect. 

Date published: December 15, 2017

USGS and NASA Select New Landsat Science Team

The USGS and NASA have selected the scientists and engineers who will serve on the next Landsat Science Team. 

Date published: November 8, 2017

Significant Milestone in Improving Usability of Landsat Satellite Data

Improvements to the quality and usability of Landsat satellite data have been made with the release of a new USGS product called Landsat Analysis Ready Data (ARD). 


Year Published: 2018

U.S. Landsat Analysis Ready Data

U.S. Landsat Analysis Ready Data (ARD) are a revolutionary new U.S. Geological Survey science product that allows the Landsat archive to be more accessible and easier to analyze and reduces the amount of time users spend on data processing for monitoring and assessing landscape change. U.S. Landsat ARD are Level-2 products derived from...

U.S. Geological Survey, 2018, U.S. Landsat Analysis Ready Data: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2018–3053, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20183053.

Year Published: 2018

Landsat Collections

In 2016, the U.S. Geological Survey reorganized the Landsat archive into a tiered collection structure, which ensures that Landsat Level-1 products provide a consistent archive of known data quality to support time-series analyses and data “stacking” while controlling continuous improvement of the archive and access to all data as they are...

U.S. Geological Survey, 2018, Landsat collections: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2018–3049, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20183049.

Year Published: 2016

Landsat brings understanding to the impact of industrialization

In his 1963 book, “The Quiet Crisis,” former Interior Secretary Stewart Udall lamented what he called the decline of natural resources in the United States under the advancements of industrialization and urbanization.

U.S. Geological Survey, 2016, Landsat brings understanding to the impact of industrialization: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016–3054, 2 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20163054.