Chesapeake Bay Flyover and Watershed Region

  • Released Monday, April 21, 2008

The watershed that drains into the Chesapeake Bay is a huge expanse that extends 64,000 miles into six states across North America (New York, Pensylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and West Virginia) and the District of Columbia. This visualization overlays the full watershed onto a Landsat satellite visualization of the Bay area. The eight different distinctly colored regions indicate the Chesapeake's major subwatersheds. These subwatershed regions are: Susquehanna, Potomac, Patuxent, MD West Shore, Rapahhannock, Eastern Shore, James and York. This visualization is an extension of the Chesapeake Bay Flyover (#3446) in order to demonstrate the entire Chesapeake Bay Watershed region. The imagery utilized for this animation is a false-color Chesapeake Bay Landsat-7 Mosaic (#3473) composed of eight scenes acquired between 1999-2002, which were put together and color corrected to resemble natural looking colors.

Data Notes:
The mosaic was created by EarthSat under contract with NASA as part of the GeoCover 2000 product. All images used in GeoCover were acquired by Landsat-7 during the period of 1999-2002. The pixel size of the full resolution image represents 14.25 m on the ground. The Chesapeake Bay mosaic uses portions of eight Landsat-7 scenes. Below you will find a listing of the eight Landsat 7 images that were put together to create the composite image. Landsat scenes are organized by a Path and Row number according to the Worldwide Reference System. (To learn more about Landsat's Worldwide Reference System, please visit:

Scenes used in the Chesapeake Bay mosaic:

  • Landsat-7 WRS Path 15-Row 32 acquired on Oct. 05, 2001
  • Landsat-7 WRS Path 14-Row 32 acquired on Sept. 23, 1999
  • Landsat-7 WRS Path 15-Row 33 acquired on October 05, 2001
  • Landsat-7 WRS Path 14-Row 33 acquired on July 10, 2001
  • Landsat-7 WRS Path 15-Row 34 acquired on Sept. 30, 1999
  • Landsat-7 WRS Path 14-Row 34 acquired on July 10, 2001
  • Landsat-7 WRS Path 15-Row 35 acquired on Sept. 30, 1999
  • Landsat-7 WRS Path 14-Row 35 acquired on Sept. 23, 1999


Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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This page was originally published on Monday, April 21, 2008.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at 12:00 AM EST.


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