TAG: Landsat

USGS proposed budget focuses on core science and efficiency

May 25, 2017By

President Donald Trump has proposed a $922.2 million Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) budget for the U.S. Geological Survey. The proposed FY18 request reflects a savings of $137.8 million in appropriated funds from the FY 2017 CR baseline and a continued commitment to the bureau’s core mission. The USGS proposed budget provides science support for disaster alerts and rapid response, producing high-resolution... read more

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Free Landsat Viewer brings Earth into focus

August 23, 2016By
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A free web tool has been launched for browsing satellite imagery from Landsat 8 — the Landsat Viewer. The tool was created by the start-up company Eos Data Analytics. EOS Data Analytics is an automatic cloud-based GIS analysis service. It uses a combination of satellite imagery, geospatial data, customer workflow information and consumer behavior principles to create deep, comprehensive GIS analysis. The Landsat... read more

Sentinel imagery now works inside ArcGIS

May 24, 2016By
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Esri has enhanced its ArcGIS technology to simplify the use of free global imagery from the Sentinel-2 satellite launched by the European Space Agency. ArcGIS supports visualization, interpretation, and analysis of Sentinel imagery, which is of significant value in applications for forestry, agriculture, land resources management, and environmental monitoring. “Scientists and GIS professionals rely on consistent access to high-quality imagery... read more

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USGS partners with European Space Agency on Copernicus Earth data

March 16, 2016By
The Sentinel satellites developed by ESA are designed to meet the operational needs of the Copernicus program. (ESA illustration)

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the European Space Agency (ESA) have established a partnership to enable USGS storage and redistribution of Earth observation data acquired by Copernicus program satellites. The ESA-USGS collaboration will serve scientific and commercial customers interested in the current conditions of forests, crops and water bodies across large regions and in the longer term environmental condition... read more

GeoSage enhances software to analyze Landsat-8 imagery

January 6, 2016By
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GeoSage’s software tool, Spectral Transformer for Landsat-8 Imagery, has been enhanced to include new functions towards automated image feature extraction. The changes are built upon the existing tool, so with two button clicks, a user is able to rapidly perform image-band combinations, image stretching and image pan-sharpening, and produce colorful, detail-rich imagery composites at 30m and 15m resolutions. New functions include: one-button click for automated... read more

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European Space Agency’ Launches Land Observing Satellite

June 29, 2015By
Sentinel-2A in the gantry before launch.

The European Space Agency (ESA) on June 23 successfully launched its Sentinel-2A satellite, the second satellite to be launched in Europe’s Copernicus environment monitoring program. Above is a video of the Sentinel 2A lift-off. “We are very pleased to have such a talented new player join the team in watching Earth from space,” said Suzette Kimball, acting U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) director. “The aptly... read more

USGS Provides Higher Level Landsat Data

June 3, 2015By

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has begun production of higher level (more highly processed) Landsat data products to help advance land surface change studies. One such product is Landsat surface-reflectance data. Landsat satellite data have been produced, archived, and distributed by the U.S. Geological Survey since 1972. Surface reflectance data products approximate what a sensor held just above the Earth’s... read more

NASA, USGS Begin Work on Landsat 9 for Land Imaging

April 17, 2015By
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News from NASA. NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have started work on Landsat 9, planned to launch in 2023, which will extend the Earth-observing program’s record of land images to half a century. The Landsat program has provided accurate measurements of Earth’s land cover since 1972. With data from Landsat satellites, ecologists have tracked deforestation in South America,... read more