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Landsat Missions

Publications

Filter Total Items: 9
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.

Year Published: 2016

Landsat helps bolster food security

One of the cruelest, most complex narratives in the world today (2016) is written in the hunger of sub-Saharan Africa. When famine is the only yield from the scorched Earth, survival often depends on a heart-rending calculation—how far is the distant feeding center; how close is the nearest well.

U.S. Geological Survey, 2016, Landsat helps bolster food security: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016–3060, 2 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20163060.

Year Published: 2016

Landsat plays a key role in reducing hunger on earth

The United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs predicts 9.7 billion people will sit down every day to the global dinner table by 2050. If this prediction is correct, the world is going to need more crops, more livestock, and more efficient agricultural practices.

U.S. Geological Survey, 2016, Landsat plays a key role in reducing hunger on Earth: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016–3059, 2 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20163059.

Year Published: 2016

Landsat—The watchman that never sleeps

In western North America, where infestations of mountain pine beetles continue to ravage thousands of acres of forest lands, Landsat satellites bear witness to the onslaught in a way that neither humans nor most other satellites can see.

Young, Steven
U.S. Geological Survey, 2016, Landsat—The watchman that never sleeps: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016–3045, 2 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20163045.

Year Published: 2016

When wildfire damage threatens humans, Landsat provides answers

A wildfire’s devastation of forest and rangeland seldom ends when the last embers die. In the western United States, rain on a scorched mountainside can turn ash into mudslides. Debris flows unleashed by rainstorms can put nearby homes into harm’s way and send people scrambling for safety. The infrared capabilities of Landsat satellite imagery...

Young, Steven
U.S. Geological Survey, 2016, When wildfire damage threatens humans, Landsat provides answers: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016–3044, 2 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20163044.

Year Published: 2016

Mapping water use - Landsat and water resources in the United States

Using Landsat satellite data, scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have helped to refine a technique called evapotranspiration (ET) mapping to measure how much water crops are using across landscapes and through time. These water-use maps are created using a computer model that integrates Landsat and weather data. Crucial to the...

Johnson, Rebecca L.
U.S. Geological Survey, 2016, Mapping water use—Landsat and water resources in the United States: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016–3037, 2 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20163037.

Year Published: 2016

The global Landsat archive: Status, consolidation, and direction

New and previously unimaginable Landsat applications have been fostered by a policy change in 2008 that made analysis-ready Landsat data free and open access. Since 1972, Landsat has been collecting images of the Earth, with the early years of the program constrained by onboard satellite and ground systems, as well as limitations across the range...

Wulder, Michael A.; White, Joanne C.; Loveland, Thomas; Woodcock, Curtis; Belward, Alan; Cohen, Warren B.; Fosnight, Eugene A.; Shaw, Jerad; Masek, Jeffery G.; Roy, David P.