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.

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.

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

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June 20, 2017 – Pecora 20 Conference Deadlines Approaching

Abstracts and workshop proposals for the Pecora 20 Conference are due July 1, 2017. The conference will be held November 14-16, 2017 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. (Read More)
 

June 15, 2017

June 15, 2017 -Request for Information for Future Landsat Missions

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is requesting information from the land imaging community for user requirements for future Landsat systems. (Read More)

June 09, 2017

June 9, 2017 – William T. Pecora Award Nominations Reminder

The deadline to submit nominations for the 2017 William T. Pecora award is THURSDAY, JUNE 15, 2017. (Read More)

Watch Landsat LIVE!

A recent release of the EarthNow! Landsat Image Viewer displays imagery in near real-time as Landsat 7 and Landsat 8 orbit the Earth. Along with the near real-time video stream, EarthNow! also replays acquisition recordings from a list of previous Landsat overpasses. (Read More)

May 31, 2017

May 31, 2017 - Landsat 8 scenes top 1 million

As of today, there are now over 1 million Landsat 8 scenes available to download from the Landsat archive!  Launched in 2013, Landsat 8 provides the highest-quality data since the Landsat archive was established in July 1972 with the launch of Landsat 1. (Read More)

May 26, 2017 - Notice of CFMask Discontinuation from Landsat Higher-Level Data Products

Starting June 2, 2017, users will no longer be able to order CFMask processing for Landsat Collection 1 Higher-Level data products via the ESPA on-demand interface. Equivalent information is now available in the “pixel_qa band”, which is included with all Higher-Level products. (Read More)

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)

Land Remote Sensing Image Collections

Monitoring Deforestation in the Amazon
Large areas within the Amazon rain forest have undergone large-scale deforestation over the past few decades, and Landsat has helped record this widespread land change.
Landsat 8 Scenes Top 1 Million
How many pictures have you taken with your smartphone? Too many to count? However many it is, Landsat 8 probably has you beat.
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.
Monitoring Deforestation in the Amazon Landsat 8 Scenes Top 1 Million 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

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“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

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