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Since 1972, the joint NASA/ U.S. Geological Survey Landsat series of Earth Observation satellites have continuously acquired space-based images of the Earth’s land surface, providing uninterrupted data to help land managers and policymakers make informed decisions about our natural resources and the environment.

Landsat is a part of the USGS 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: December 4, 2019

Landsat, Collections Forum Updates Missions, Products, and Future Possibilities

EROS officials used a noon forum on Monday (Dec. 2) to provide high-level updates on multiple Landsat fronts—from progress on the building of Landsat 9 and its ground system to the status of existing Landsat satellites, the work of the Architecture Study Team on...

Date published: November 22, 2019

Global Study Finds Algal Blooms Intensifying in Freshwater Lakes Worldwide

A study of global freshwater algal blooms funded in part by a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Landsat Science Team (LST) Award has found that harmful blooms showing up more and more in various U.S. cities are intensifying in lakes worldwide as well.

Date published: November 19, 2019

International Cooperators Find Value, Collaboration in Joining Landsat Network

Landsat’s eyes in the sky captured a riveting story of rebirth across Australia’s central deserts this past spring of 2019.

Floodwaters from Queensland in north Australia killed an estimated 500,000 cattle and inundated homes before draining to the south, cascading over riverbanks and spilling across the floodplains toward the country’s lowest point at Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre.

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Economic valuation of landsat imagery

Landsat satellites have been operating since 1972, providing a continuous global record of the Earth’s land surface. The imagery is currently available at no cost through the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). A previous USGS study estimated that Landsat imagery provided users an annual benefit of $2.19 billion in 2011, with U.S. users accounting for...

Straub, Crista L.; Koontz, Stephen R.; Loomis, John B.
Straub, C.L., Koontz, S.R., and Loomis, J.B., 2019, Economic valuation of Landsat imagery: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1112, 13 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191112.

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Bundle adjustment using space based triangulation method for improving the Landsat global ground reference

There is an ever-increasing interest and need for accurate geo-registration of remotely sensed data products to a common global geometric reference. Although the geo-registration has improved significantly in the last decade, the lack of an accurate global ground reference dataset poses serious issues for data providers seeking to make...

Choate, Michael; Storey, James C.; Rengarajan, R.; Choate, Michael J.

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Landsat 9

Landsat 9 is a partnership between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that will continue the Landsat program’s critical role of repeat global observations for monitoring, understanding, and managing Earth’s natural resources. Since 1972, Landsat data have provided a unique resource for...

U.S. Geological Survey, 2019, Landsat 9 (ver. 1.1, May 2019): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2019-3008, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20193008.