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4 ways Landsat satellites have dramatically changed how we see the world

Landsat images and data are used to track changing global landscapes and help communities respond to risks. Image: Unsplash/NASA

Stacy Morford

Environment + Climate Editor, InsideClimate News + Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

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The satellite data from the Landsat program, showed how the Belo Monte Dam’s construction dramatically altered the hydrology of the river. Image: Mario Tama/Getty Images
A new river channel diverts as much as 80% of the water to the hydroelectric dam, bypassing the bend, as shown by Landsat data. Image: OpenStreetMap
Landsat satellite images of the Xingu river after the Belo Monte project. Image: NASA

Landsat's measurements allow scientists to map heat risk street by street within cities. Image: Stephen Chernin/Getty Images
Comparing Landsat generated maps of New York City’s vegetation and temperature. Image: NASA/USGS Landsat

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Landsat satellites that scan the same areas year after year can be crucial for spotting changes in hard-to-reach regions. Image: Emily Ury
Landsat’s view of the Alligator River and refuge shows signs of ghost forests on the east side of the river. Image: NASA Earth Observatory
Countless projects are using Landsat data to track global change and possibly find solutions to problems. Image: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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