Michigan and Landsat

Fact Sheet 2021-3047



Water means a lot to Michigan, often called the Great Lakes State. The name “Michigan” comes from an Ojibwe word meaning large, or great, water or lake. As the only State touching four of the five Great Lakes—Michigan, Superior, Huron, and Erie—it claims the longest freshwater coastline in the United States.

Yet Michigan is not just about water—forests, agriculture, mines, cities, and even sand dunes stretch across the State’s landscape. Much of what happens on the land does connect in some way with Michigan’s inland and coastal waters. Michigan relies on a healthy environment to support its residents, abundant tourists, and diverse species of wildlife that call the State and its surrounding waters home. From hundreds of miles above, Landsat satellites provide a clearer picture of the connections among land, water, and the people and wildlife that inhabit the State.

Suggested Citation

U.S. Geological Survey, 2021, Michigan and Landsat (ver. 1.1, January 2023): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2021–3047, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20213047.

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)

Study Area

Table of Contents

  • Helping Control an Invasive Species
  • Showing Coastal Land Cover Changes
  • Monitoring Algae Issues
  • Informing the Public About a Catastrophe
  • Landsat—Critical Information Infrastructure for the Nation
  • References Cited
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Michigan and Landsat
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2021-3047
DOI 10.3133/fs20213047
Edition Version 1.0: August 26, 2021; Version 1.1: January 23, 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 Michigan
Online Only (Y/N) N
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