Maryland and Landsat

Fact Sheet 2021-3022



Maryland, called “America in Miniature,” encompasses nearly every geographical feature in the United States except a desert. Water dominates the State, whose borders run along much of Chesapeake Bay. The bay is the country’s largest estuary, where freshwater from watershed tributaries mingles with the ocean’s saltwater and teems with life.

The Chesapeake Bay faces threats from erosion, pollution, rising sea levels, and natural disasters. Because the Chesapeake Bay is prominent in Maryland’s history, economy, natural diversity, and way of life, protecting its waters and ecosystems is a priority for the State. Landsat imagery helps with a number of these efforts. Maryland also has a special relation with Landsat satellites; the USGS manages their flight operations out of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt.

Suggested Citation

U.S. Geological Survey, 2021, Maryland and Landsat (ver. 1.1, January 2023): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2021–3022, 2 p.,

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)

Study Area

Table of Contents

  • Lowering Pollutants Entering Chesapeake Bay
  • Helping Farmers Reduce Runoff
  • Assessing Coastal Wetlands
  • Mapping High-Tide Flooding
  • Landsat—Critical Information Infrastructure for the Nation
  • References Cited
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Maryland and Landsat
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2021-3022
DOI 10.3133/fs20213022
Edition Version 1.0: April 26, 2021; Version 1.1: January 18, 2023
Year Published 2021
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description 2 p.
Country United States
State Maryland
Online Only (Y/N) N
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