Landsat and water: case studies of the uses and benefits of landsat imagery in water resources

Open-File Report 2014-1108
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Abstract

The Landsat program has been collecting and archiving moderate resolution earth imagery since 1972. The number of Landsat users and uses has increased exponentially since the enactment of a free and open data policy in 2008, which made data available free of charge to all users. Benefits from the information Landsat data provides vary from improving environmental quality to protecting public health and safety and informing decision makers such as consumers and producers, government officials and the public at large. Although some studies have been conducted, little is known about the total benefit provided by open access Landsat imagery.


This report contains a set of case studies focused on the uses and benefits of Landsat imagery. The purpose of these is to shed more light on the benefits accrued from Landsat imagery and to gain a better understanding of the program’s value. The case studies tell a story of how Landsat imagery is used and what its value is to different private and public entities. Most of the case studies focus on the use of Landsat in water resource management, although some other content areas are included.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Landsat and water: case studies of the uses and benefits of landsat imagery in water resources
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2014-1108
DOI 10.3133/ofr20141108
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Fort Collins Science Center
Description xii, 61 p.
Online Only (Y/N) Y
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