June 2014


SOM projection
Jun 26, 2014John Parr Snyder’s Space Oblique Mercator Projection

To continually map the Earth’s surface using Landsat data, an entirely new projection had to be created. This new projection was created by John Parr Snyder and is known as the Space Oblique Mercator (SOM) projection. It is considered, “one of [...]

Jun 26, 2014Landsat Archive

“It’s a treasure trove.”

Spectral band importance in societal benefit areas
Jun 19, 2014National Land Imaging Requirements Pilot Project: Summary of Moderate Resolution Imaging User Requirements

[Source: USGS] Under the National Land Imaging Requirements (NLIR) Project, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is developing a functional capability to obtain, characterize, manage, maintain and prioritize all Earth observing (EO) land remote [...]

Carolyn Merry
Jun 4, 2014Remembering Carolyn Merry

Carolyn Merry, a distinguished figure in the geospatial world who spent a year with the Landsat Project Science Office at Goddard Space Flight Center during the development of the Landsat 7 satellite in the 90’s, passed away yesterday. The [...]

May 31, 2014Landsat’s value

“The Landsat mission has been monitoring Earth from orbit for more than 40 years. It is by far the longest continuous record of the surface of the planet, and certainly one of the most valuable data sets in existence.”

Map of nations with land cover mapping satellites
May 30, 2014Insights Provided by New Compendium of Land Cover Mapping Satellites

May 30, 2014 • A compendium of civilian satellites with the potential to image global land surfaces has been compiled by Alan Belward and Jon Skøien from the Land Resource Management Unit of the European Commission’s Institute for [...]

A Landsat 8 Yearbook: Earth Images for Everyone
May 29, 2014A Landsat 8 Yearbook: Earth Images for Everyone

[Source: Jon Campbell, USGS] Landsat 8 has been on the job for a year now — since May 30, 2013, when NASA transferred ownership and operation of the satellite to the U.S. Geological Survey. About 100 days before that, NASA launched Landsat 8 [...]

aquaculture operation
May 28, 2014Losing Tidal Flats Around the Yellow Sea

May 28, 2014 • Using Landsat time series data, a group of Australian and British ecologist have found that the Yellow Sea has lost 28% of its tidal flats in the last three decades. The Yellow Sea lies east of mainland China and west of the [...]

Himilayas
May 28, 2014Glacier Monitoring in Nepal to Help Locals

A recently published report gives a comprehensive look at the glaciers of Nepal over the last three decades, at ten year increments (1980, 1990, 2000, and 2010). The information was derived from Landsat and Shuttle Radar Topography Mission [...]

May 27, 2014Brian Sorbel Landsat Fire Quote

“Fire perimeters collected using Landsat imagery are accurate, timely and cost-effective.”