Mississippi and Landsat

Fact Sheet 2022-3062



Mississippi holds a significant place in the cultural and economic history of the United States. For example, the Magnolia State was a hotbed for the Delta blues, an early 20th century musical genre with tremendous cultural effects in the United States and around the world. The “Delta” in Delta blues is the Mississippi River Delta, the largest delta in the United States. The Mississippi River is one of the longest in the Nation, having 1,800 navigable miles that serve as a natural transportation corridor that is foundational to America’s economic fortunes.

This important waterway forms Mississippi’s western border, and the fertile alluvial soils that fan out across its western third served to bolster its early economy and remain key drivers of its agriculture sector. These soils continue to support cotton, soybeans, corn, and agricultural products for which Mississippi is a national leader: rice and farmed catfish.

Such heavy reliance on the land necessitates a strong understanding of the health of—and threats to—the landscape. Spikes in extreme heat and associated wildfire dangers, the increasing frequency of powerful hurricanes on the Gulf Coast, and annual tornadoes all stand as challenges to the Magnolia State’s land resources.

The U.S. Geological Survey Landsat program serves a critical role in mapping, monitoring, and understanding changes across Mississippi. Here are a few examples of how Landsat benefits the State.

Suggested Citation

U.S. Geological Survey, 2022, Mississippi and Landsat: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2022–3062, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20223062.

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)

Study Area

Table of Contents

  • Monitoring Forest Health
  • Cataloging Crop Health, Crop Types
  • Tracking Damage from Extreme Weather
  • Landsat—Critical Information Infrastructure for the Nation
  • References Cited
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Mississippi and Landsat
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2022-3062
DOI 10.3133/fs20223062
Year Published 2022
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 Mississippi
Online Only (Y/N) N
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