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Date published: April 11, 2019

LCMAP Captures ‘Stories of Change’ with New Datasets

If a new homeowner wants to know the history of their abode, there are places to turn.

County offices list ownership details and building permits, showing the dates of additions, fences and the like. If the house is old enough, local historical societies may even have archived photographs of the home’s exterior at various points in time.

Date published: April 10, 2019

Level-3 Products Provide Land Cover Gold in Landsat Data Mining

When it comes to mining remotely sensed data, Landsat Level-3 science products offer what some might call land cover gold.

Date published: April 8, 2019

New Landsat Level-3 Science Product Uncovers Changes in Surface Water

When wetlands are drying up, endangering the habitat of a threatened species, aquatic ecologists and resource managers want and need to know that. A new USGS science product is helping to provide them that information.

Date published: April 8, 2019

Level-3 Fractional Snow Covered Area Product Furthers Snow, Glacier Research

When it comes to studying snow and ice across the American landscape, Landsat’s niche is clear, says Research Geographer David Selkowitz with the USGS Nevada Water Science Center.

Date published: April 8, 2019

Level-3 Burned Area Product Saves Preprocessing Time, Answers Fire Questions

A new Landsat Level-3 science product that tracks the presence of burned areas in Landsat imagery today and back through the satellite system’s decades-old history promises to answer a lot of questions for fire scientists and land managers.

Date published: March 29, 2019

LANDFIRE Reflects on Successes, Preps for Busy Year

The LANDFIRE team has been busy lately, particularly with the ongoing rollout of the LANDFIRE Remap (LF Remap).

Date published: March 27, 2019

Landsat, Permafrost Data Offer Insight into Arctic Lake Dynamics

Lakes don’t always behave as they’re expected to. Especially lakes in remote Arctic locales like Alaska’s Yukon Flats, where permafrost plays heavily into their behavior.

Date published: March 20, 2019

Black Hills Perfect Laboratory for Multi-Sensor Fire Science Research

After the Legion Lake Fire at Custer State Park in South Dakota’s Black Hills erupted in December 2017— burning across private, state, and federal landscapes all at once—scientists at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center discovered an important opportunity among the ashes.

Date published: February 22, 2019

LANDFIRE Remap Begins to Roll Out

With a vegetation and fuels base map that was over 15 years old and a commitment to keep LANDFIRE (LF) data relevant, LF staff at EROS has produced a new base map product suite, representing 2016 ground conditions.

Date published: February 20, 2019

LCMAP Releases Project Website

The USGS Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection (LCMAP) initiative now has an online home. The stand-alone LCMAP website is located at www.usgs.gov/lcmap.

Date published: February 15, 2019

First in a Series of Landsat 9 Ground Readiness Tests is Successful

Landsat 9 Ground System development team members executed the first of a series of Ground Readiness Tests (GRTs) this week as they successfully simulated the communication of command and telemetry data between the Ground Network Element (GNE) at EROS and the Landsat Multi-Satellite...