The National Land Cover Database is a GIS dataset that is seen as critical for monitoring the impact of fires, particularly increased wildfires in the West, general health of ecosystems, biodiversity monitoring, and increasing effects of climate change on land cover.
Launched in 2013 by NASA, Landsat 8 is the latest satellite in the series. The mission of the orbiting satellite is to map and track changes on Earth. Under the control of the USGS, the satellite continues the more than forty year earth observation legacy of the Landsat program. Available in […]
The U.S. Geological Survey’s Center for Integrated Data Analytics (CIDA) has created an open source visual description of California’s ongoing drought using free and publicly accessible GIS data sources. Noting that many state, federal, and tribal agencies make routine observations of the water cycle, the USGS developed this graphic to visualize […]
On July 23, 1972, the first Landsat spacecraft was launched. At the time it was known as the Earth Resources Technology Satellite and it was the first satellite launched to study the earth’s landmasses. In 1975, the name was changed to Landsat. Since then, this program has been continuously monitoring changes […]
The USGS recently published a report looking at case studies of Landsat Imagery use in water resource management within public and private entities. The Landsat satellite imagery program has been collecting data since 1972 and is available for free to the public. Entitled, “Landsat and Water—Case Studies of the Uses […]