Landsat Missions

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Year Published: 2019

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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Year Published: 2019

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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Year Published: 2019

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.

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Landsat: The cornerstone of global land imaging

Since 1972, the joint NASA/ U.S. Geological Survey Landsat series of Earth Observation satellites have provided an uninterrupted space-based data record of the Earth’s land surface to help advance scientific research towards the understanding of our planet and the environmental impact of its inhabitants. Early Landsat satellites offered a wealth...

Butcher, Ginger; Barnes, Christopher; Owen, Linda

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Year Published: 2018

Analysis Ready Data: Enabling analysis of the Landsat archive

Data that have been processed to allow analysis with a minimum of additional user effort are often referred to as Analysis Ready Data (ARD). The ability to perform large scale Landsat analysis relies on the ability to access observations that are geometrically and radiometrically consistent, and have had non-target features (clouds) and poor...

Dwyer, John L.; Roy, David P.; Sauer, Brian; Jenkerson, Calli B.; Zhang, Hankui K.; Lymburner, Leo

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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.

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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.

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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 (ver. 1.1, September 2019): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016–3054, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20163054.

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Year Published: 2016

Landsat helps bolster food security

One of the cruelest, most complex narratives in the world today (2019) 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 and how close is the nearest well?

U.S. Geological Survey, 2016, Landsat helps bolster food security (ver. 1.1, September 2019): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016–3060, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20163060.

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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 and sustainable agricultural practices.

U.S. Geological Survey, 2016, Landsat plays a key role in reducing hunger on Earth (ver. 1.1, September 2019): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016–3059, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20163059.

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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 (ver. 1.1, September 2019): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016–3045, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20163045.

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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 (ver. 1.1, September 2019): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016–3044, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20163044.