Landsat Missions

Landsat 4-5 TM, Landsat 7 ETM+, and Landsat 8 OLI/TIRS Collection 1 Processing Complete!

Effective April 30, 2017, newly-acquired Landsat 7 and Landsat 8 data are processed into the Collection 1 archive only.

The Landsat Pre-Collection inventory will no longer be available after October 1, 2017.
Users are encouraged to transition to Landsat Collection 1 data for use in their applications.

For additional details visit this Headline.

 

Landsat represents the world's longest continuously acquired collection of space-based moderate-resolution land remote sensing data.

Four decades of imagery provides a unique resource for those who work in agriculture, geology, forestry, regional planning, education, mapping, and global change research.

Landsat Headlines

May 24, 2017

May 24, 2017 - Request for Proposals: Landsat Science Team

The USGS, in cooperation with NASA, is requesting proposals for membership on the 2018-2023 Landsat Science Team. (Read More)

May 24, 2017

May 24, 2017 - Pecora 20 Conference Reminder

The Pecora 20 Conference will be held November 14-16, 2017 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The conference theme is “Observing a Changing Earth: Science for Decisions…Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection”. In association with the Pecora conference, the William T. Pecora Award is presented annually to individuals or groups that have made outstanding contributions toward understanding the Earth by means of remote sensing. (Read More)

May 16, 2017

May 16, 2017 - REMINDER: Upcoming Required Infrastructure Maintenance

As previously announced on May 8, 2017, the USGS EROS Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota will temporarily halt data processing, as well as all data distribution at 6:00 am CDT on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 due to required infrastructure maintenance. (Read More)

May 11, 2017

May 11, 2017 - USGS Distribution of Resourcesat-2 Products via ISRO

Resourcesat products acquired by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) are now available for download from USGS (Read More)

May 10, 2017

May 10, 2017 - Landsat 4-8 Collection 1 Processing Complete

The new Landsat Collection 1 inventory structure has completed processing over 5.6 million Landsat 4-5 Thematic Mapper (TM), Landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+), and Landsat 8 Operational Land Imager/ Thermal Infrared Sensor (OLI/TIRS) scenes from around the world, which are now available for download from EarthExplorer(Read More)

May 08, 2017

May 8, 2017 - Upcoming Infrastructure Maintenance

Due to required infrastructure maintenance, the USGS EROS Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota will temporarily halt data processing, as well as all data distribution at 6:00 am CDT on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. (Read More)

April 21, 2017

April 21, 2017 - Reminder: Upcoming Changes to Landsat Pre-Collection Inventory

As previously announced, effective April 30, 2017, newly-acquired Landsat 7 ETM+ and Landsat 8 OLI/TIRS scenes will be processed into the Landsat Collection 1 inventory structure only; Landsat Pre-Collection inventory will no longer be populated with newly-acquired data. (Read More)

April 19, 2017

April 19, 2017 - Landsat Collection 1 Surface Reflectance Ordering through EarthExplorer

Surface Reflectance processing for Landsat 4-8 Collection 1 data can now be ordered through EarthExplorer.     (Read More)

April 17, 2017

April 17, 2017 - Landsat Highlighted at USGS and NASA Earth Day Celebration

An Earth Day Celebration, hosted by several agencies, will take place at Union Station in Washington, D.C., on April 20, 2017. Tim Newman, Land Remote Sensing Program Coordinator from the USGS Climate and Land-Use Change Mission Area, will deliver a presentation with a Landsat focus at a Hyperwall display. (Read More)

April 03, 2017

April 3, 2017 – Upcoming Changes to Landsat Pre-Collection Processing

Effective April 30, 2017, newly-acquired Landsat 7 ETM+ and Landsat 8 OLI/TIRS scenes will be processed into the Landsat Collection 1 inventory structure only; Landsat Pre-Collection datasets will no longer be populated with new data. Users are strongly encouraged to use the Landsat Collection 1 datasets, as eventually all Pre-Collection datasets will be removed from EarthExplorer

Land Remote Sensing Image Collections

Okefenokee Fire Continues to Burn
A wildfire ignited by lightning in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge on April 6, 2017, is persisting into May.
Landsat Views Massive Solar Energy Farms
Solar energy is booming worldwide, and these Landsat 8 images show three large solar energy farms.
Kaskawulsh Glacier, Canada
Like most glaciers worldwide, Kaskawulsh Glacier in the Kluane National Park and Reserve of southwestern Yukon Territory, Canada, has retreated over the past several decades.
The Wildflower Superbloom in California from Landsat's Perspective
After 5 years of drought, California finally got relief during the winter of 2016–2017 with much needed precipitation.
Fires Burn Farms and Ranches in Oklahoma and Kansas
Massive wildfires scorched nearly 780,000 acres of farm and ranch land in Oklahoma and Kansas in March 2017.
Landsat Monitors Mining at Center of North America Near Town of Center
Landsat satellites help verify a central tenet of industrial growth across the planet—the changing use of land to increase its economic output—and Center, North Dakota, is no exception.
Cambodia Experiences Rapid Rate of Forest Loss
When it comes to forest loss on a global scale, Cambodia is notable for how rapidly its forests are being cleared.
Landsat Detects Eruptions at Ethiopian Volcano
Landsat 8's shortwave infrared (SWIR) band is useful in viewing recent eruptions at Erta Ale volcano in northern Ethiopia near the Eritrea border.
Wildfires Ravage Central, South-Central Chile
Wildfires fueled by dry conditions, high temperatures, and strong winds are scorching central Chile at a level Chilean officials say they haven’t seen in decades.
January Rain, Snow Refills California Reservoirs
A decade of drought in California has eased after the first month of 2017 thanks to heavy rains and snow, a fact that Landsat images are helping to confirm.
Okefenokee Fire Continues to Burn Landsat Views Massive Solar Energy Farms Kaskawulsh Glacier, Canada The Wildflower Superbloom in California from Landsat Fires Burn Farms and Ranches in Oklahoma and Kansas Landsat Monitors Mining at Center of North America Near Town of Center Cambodia Experiences Rapid Rate of Forest Loss Landsat Detects Eruptions at Ethiopian Volcano Wildfires Ravage Central, South-Central Chile January Rain, Snow Refills California Reservoirs

Landsat Twitter

No front page content has been created yet.

“Measuring the past contributes to our understanding of the long-term consequences of our past economic and societal choices, and contributes to more informed management decisions in the future.”

Jean-François Pekel, who used 3 million Landsat images to make global surface water, Smithsonian Magazine, Dec 9, 2016

“What we’re able to do now is track the flow of the world’s ice from pole to pole and on every continent.”

Ted Scambos,, a glaciologist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center, talking about the Landsat 8-based GoLIVE project, Climate Central, Dec 21, 2016

“We cannot do this project if the Landsat program doesn’t deliver this open data to the scientific community… We are benefiting from these long-term investments now.”

Lilian Pintea, VP of conservation science, Jane Goodall Institute

“From a valuation standpoint, Landsat is an extremely valuable public good just in its direct use—let alone the economic value of all the indirect uses built on the direct data.”

John Loomis, an economist at Colorado State University, Landsat Benefited U.S. Economy by $1.8 Billion in 2011, Aug 30, 2015

“The Landsat archive holds great potential for studying the processes behind the Greenland Ice Sheet’s response to our changing climate over multi-decadal time scales. It is essential that this record be exploited over other areas of the Greenland Ice Sheet.”

Noel Gourmelen, Despite Warming, Landsat Reveals Decadal Slowdowns on Greenland Ice Sheet, Oct 28, 2015

"We are now beginning to see that the combination of high performance computing, data storage facilities, data preparation techniques, and advanced systems can materially accelerate the value of Landsat data."

Dr. Suzette Kimball, acting Director of the USGS, A New Era of Space Collaboration between Australia and U.S., Jun 18, 2015

“...the time is now right and urgent to apply space technology towards the solution of many pressing natural resources problems being compounded by population and industrial growth.”

Stewart L. Udall, Secretary of the Interior (1966)

“The economic value of just one year of Landsat data far exceeds the multi-year total cost of building, launching, and managing Landsat satellites and sensors.”

Landsat Seen as Stunning Return on Public Investment, Jan 14, 2015, USGS press release

“The value of Landsat data is internationally recognized as indispensable to science, natural resource management, commerce, security, foreign policy, agriculture, and education.”

National Geospatial Advisory Committee, Landsat Advisory Group, Statement on Landsat Data Use and Charges, Sept 18, 2012

About

Landsat represents the world's longest continuously acquired collection of space-based moderate-resolution land remote sensing data. Four decades of imagery provides a unique resource for those who work in agriculture, geology, forestry, regional planning, education, mapping, and global change research. Landsat images are also invaluable for emergency response and disaster relief.

 

Contact Us

Landsat Updates

The Landsat Update is an informal communication tool, prepared periodically and distributed electronically to USGS Landsat partners, to provide information about Landsat activities and related topics of interest.

Accessibility FOIA Privacy Policies and Notices

USA.gov logo U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey
URL: https://landsat.usgs.gov
Page Contact Information: Ask Landsat
Page Last Modified: 11/29/16 03:03 pm
Sitemap