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Why is Landsat important?

Landsat satellites have the optimal ground resolution and spectral bands to efficiently track land use and to document land change due to climate change, urbanization, drought, wildfire, biomass changes (carbon assessments), and a host of other natural and human-caused changes.

The Landsat Program’s continuous archive reaches back to 1972 and provides essential land change data and trending information not otherwise available. Landsat is an essential capability that enables the U.S. Department of the Interior to wisely manage Federal lands. People around the world are using Landsat data for research, business, education, and other activities.

 

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Tags: Land Use And Land Cover, Remote Sensing, Landsat, Satellites, Education, Imagery, Monitoring, Sensors