April 2014


A Triptych of Urban Growth, NLCD 2001-2011
Apr 7, 2014Nation’s Authoritative Land Cover Map New and Improved

[Source: USGS] Just released, the latest edition of the nation’s most comprehensive look at land-surface conditions from coast to coast shows the extent of land cover types from forests to urban areas. The National Land Cover Database (NLCD [...]

Earth Observing satellite constellation
Apr 2, 2014Sustainable Land Imaging Architecture Study (Interim Status) Briefing Held

[Source: NASA Earth Science Projects Division] On April 1, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) hosted an event to present to the research and industrial community the interim results and assessments from NASA's Sustainable [...]

Susan Kohler
Apr 1, 2014Upcoming Landsat Activity for Educators

What happens to the Mallard Duck population when prairie potholes disappear? On Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. EDT, Susan Kohler, a NASA Educator and Professional Development Specialist, will be presenting a free 60-minute webinar featuring [...]

A technician surveys the TIRS instrument and the calibration equipment
Mar 27, 2014Upcoming Sustainable Land Imaging Architecture Study Interim Status Briefing

Source: NASA Earth Science Projects Division   Event: NASA's Sustainable Land Imaging Architecture Study Interim Status Report Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 Location: NASA Headquarters James E. Webb [...]

R.H. Goddard
Mar 20, 2014Landsat 8 Sweeps the 2013 “Goddards”

People. It takes a lot of people to build, launch, and operate a satellite, especially a satellite that regularly returns accurate scientific data. On February 11, 2013, Landsat 8 was successfully launched into orbit. Many of the people who [...]

Landsat Cal/Val Team
Mar 13, 2014Landsat Cal/Val Team Receives 2013 Robert H. Goddard Award for Science

Landsat helps scientists comprehend what changes have occurred on Earth’s land surfaces. Since 1972, Landsat satellites have been amassing information about the land cover of our planet and land cover, as obscure as it may sound, is important [...]

Henry Wong
Mar 12, 2014Remembering Henry Wong

The venerable Landsat Program has relied on a cast of thousands to become the successful four decade-plus land observing satellite program that it is today. Sadly, one of those important cast members passed away last month. Henry “Hank” Poy Read [...]

Napa Valley Vineyard
Mar 11, 2014The Grapes of Landsat

[By Matt Davenport for the AGU GeoSpace blog] California’s persistent drought is forcing grape growers to keep a more-attentive-than-normal eye on their vines, as water shortages and elevated temperatures alter this year’s growing season. “This [...]

CLASlite team
Mar 7, 2014Carnegie Landsat Analysis System-lite (CLASlite) Classroom Launches in Spanish

[Source: Moore Foundation] On March 4, 2014, the CLASlite team at the Carnegie Institution for Science (Department of Global Ecology) launched the Spanish version of the Carnegie Landsat Analysis System-lite (or CLASlite) Classroom, hosted by [...]

William Pecora
Mar 5, 2014Call for Nominations: 2014 William T. Pecora Award

[Source: USGS] The William T. Pecora Award is presented annually to individuals or groups that have made outstanding contributions toward understanding the Earth by means of remote sensing. Nominations are accepted for public and private sector [...]