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Date published: July 15, 2020

Tracking Change Across Time and Space with LCMAP

The U.S. Geological Survey took a bold step toward documenting change across the landscape with the launch of the first Landsat satellite in 1972. Since then, the orbiters have collected nearly five decades of imagery.

Date published: July 1, 2020

Bauer Discusses Peer Review’s Role in Strengthening Remote Sensing Science

Remote sensing is not an especially recognized scientific discipline, at least in comparison to fields like biology, chemistry, or medicine.

Date published: June 24, 2020

Wildfire Support from 438 Miles Above

USGS Fire Science is fundamental to understanding the causes, consequences, and benefits of wildfire and helps prevent and manage larger, catastrophic events. USGS scientists and programs provide information and develop tools that are widely used by stakeholders to make decisions before, during, and after wildfires across the nation.

Date published: June 17, 2020

Calibration Test Site Becomes Agricultural Hotspot

The Landsat satellites were designed to detect landscape changes over time. However, sometimes what Landsat needs to see on the Earth’s surface is no change at all.

Date published: June 16, 2020

Geoscience Australia’s Oliver Discusses Use of Landsat during Country’s Historic Fires

Australia’s historic fires, the Black Summer fires, raged from September 2019 into February of 2020, and weren’t fully extinguished until this past March.

Date published: June 9, 2020

From Concept to Reality, USGS Land Change, Monitoring, Assessment and Projection Pushes Boundaries in Service of Science

More than a decade ago, Tom Loveland sat down to sketch out a few thoughts on land change and the Landsat archive.

The archive was and remains rich with history, adding new observations of the entire planet every eight days. But at that point, Landsat-based land change research was about comparing points in time – this year versus five years ago, to 10 years ago, and so on.

Date published: June 8, 2020

Continuous Monitoring of Land Surface Change Over 30 Years Using the Landsat Record

The USGS Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection project has released a new suite of land-cover change products for the conterminous U.S.

Date published: April 30, 2020

EROS Reaches Out to Kids with Landsat Activities

The Communication & Outreach (C&O) team at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center is working on some quick ways to connect with students who are currently doing school from home.

Date published: April 28, 2020

Making Use of MSS: The Effort to Fold the Earliest Data into the Landsat Record

It’s not uncommon for young scientists doing remote sensing research these days to use what they call the “full Landsat record” in their studies—a time frame they often characterize as 1984 to present.

Date published: April 21, 2020

Vanderhoof Uses Landsat to Look at the Ecological Impacts of Fire and Water

Melanie Vanderhoof works in the realms of fire and water, studying how they change landscapes and influence the ecological rhythms of Nature.

Date published: April 9, 2020

Remote Presentations No Problem for Successful Landsat 9 Mission Operations Review

USGS and NASA officials made remote presentations instead of traveling to the Goddard Space Flight Center March 31-April 1 to conduct a vital Mission Operations Review (MOR) for Landsat 9 (L9). But that didn’t stop them from knocking the review out of the park nonetheless.

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.