April 2006

Apr 28, 2006USGS Seeks Federal and International LDCM Science Team Members

USGS released a request for proposals for LDCM science team members from the U.S. Federal Government and international groups. The USGS is seeking as many as eight Federal and international scientists to serve on the LDCM science team. These [...]

Landsat 7 image mosaics used in Google Earth™, top: NaturalVue™, bottom: TruEarth®.
Apr 26, 2006Landsat Data Base Map for Google Earth™

Google™ once again wowed web users worldwide with its release of Google Earth™ (external link). This product allows users to have a bird's-eye view of almost any place on the planet. Google Earth™ is a free desktop Geographic Information Read [...]

Apr 21, 2006USGS Solicitation for LDCM Science Team Released

The Department of Interior (DOI) U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently finalized procurement plans for the selection of a Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Science Team. This DOI/USGS Request for Proposals (RFP) for the science team was [...]

Landsat Island
Apr 19, 2006Landsat Island

Off the northeastern coast of Labrador, in the northern most reaches of the Newfoundland & Labrador province lies Landsat Island, an icy isle inhabited only by polar bears. How did such a place get named after a satellite? In 1976, Landsat [...]

Apr 15, 2006Landsat 7 turns seven

On this day in 1999, Landsat 7 was launched into orbit. Landsat 7 is the latest satellite in the Landsat series. Landsat 7 operations continue today, despite the Scan Line Corrector (SLC-off) anomaly. Read more [...]

Apr 11, 2006Second ALI Technology Transfer Forum Held at MIT Lincoln Labs

On Apr. 11 and 12 the second ALI Technology Transfer Forum was held at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, MA. The forum, sponsored by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, focused on the detailed design and calibration of the Advanced Land [...]

Modeled precipitation differences
Apr 6, 2006Conducting Mesoscale Atmospheric Modeling Studies

Investigating the Influence of Land Cover Changes on Regional Weather and Climate Variability Land cover datasets derived from 1992-93 Landsat TM played a key role in regional atmospheric modeling studies. Joint research by Colorado State [...]

Landsat mosaic of two major West Antarctic ice streams
Apr 6, 2006Monitoring Ice Sheet Activity in Antarctica

In this article, glaciologist Dr. Robert Bindschadler describes his use of Landsat data to study Antarctica. "The most impressive aspect of Antarctica is its shear enormity.  It’s larger than the United States, including Alaska.  Researchers [...]

Mesopotamian marshes
Apr 6, 2006Supporting Restoration of the “Garden of Eden”: Mesopotamian Wetlands

Contributor: Jeff Masek The United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) has undertaken an assessment of the recent dramatic decline in some unique Mesopotamian marshes, and has relied heavily on Landsat data for their mapping. The Mesopotamian [...]

Landsat-derived record of increasing urbanization
Apr 6, 2006Planning for Restoration of Chesapeake Bay

Contributor: Scott Goetz After years of scientific research, policy analysis, public education, and substantial sums of money spent, restoration of Chesapeake Bay remains a challenge. Few of the indicators of habitat, fisheries, or water quality [...]