July 2008


Jul 31, 2008RFI: Landsat Raw Data Products

The US Geological Survey seeks information to determine if there is interest by one or more commercial or non-profit vendors in offering Landsat products beyond those available from the US Geological Survey (USGS). The USGS has available Landsat [...]

Jul 31, 2008Landsat 7 SLC-off Data Evaluated for Forest Change Detection

Researchers from the Canadian Forest Service's Pacific Forestry Centre and the U.S. Geological Survey have published a study which evaluates the utility of histogram– and segment–based Landsat SLC-off gap-filled data products for change [...]

Jul 24, 2008New NASA Grant to Facilitate Landsat Usability

Dr. David Roy of South Dakota State University, Geographic Information Science Center of Excellence (GIScCE), is the recipient of a $3.29M, 5-year grant funded by NASA’s  Making Earth System Data Records for Use in Research Environments [...]

Jul 23, 2008Landsat 1 Launched 36 Years Ago

Thirty-six years ago today, Landsat 1 was launched into orbit initiating the very first civilian remote sensing program.

canopy cover
Jul 18, 2008USDA Researchers Use Landsat to Estimate Horticultural Canopy Cover and Crop Water Demand

Horticultural crops account for almost 50% of crop sales in the United States, and these crops are carefully managed to ensure good quality. But more information is needed about the crops' growth and response to seasonal and climatic changes so [...]

Jul 17, 2008Landsat Science Team Meeting Held

The forth LDCM-era (USGS-funded) Landsat Science Team meeting was held July 15–17 at USGS headquarters in Reston, VA. The meeting included status updates on Landsat 5 and 7, new LDCM status development reports, and discussions about a future [...]

Dr. Robert Bindschadler
Jul 10, 2008Meet Robert Bindschadler

Dr. Robert Bindschadler has been an active Antarctic field researcher for the past 25 years and has led numerous field expeditions to Antarctica and has participated in expeditions to glaciers and ice caps around the world. He maintains an [...]

Jul 10, 2008Diversity and Biomass of Tropical Forests Cleared for Land Development

• To learn more about the tropical forests that are cleared when urban and residential development spreads, scientists assembled the most comprehensive time series of land cover maps to date for the island of Puerto Rico.  They learned that [...]

Landsat-derived land use maps of St. Kitts and Nevis Islands.
Jul 10, 2008New Landsat-Based Maps of Complex Caribbean Islands Reveal Conservation Opportunities Where Sugar Cane Cultivation Has Become Unprofitable

A new set of vegetation maps for five islands of the Caribbean Lesser Antilles, including Grenada, St. Kitts, Nevis, St. Eustatius and Barbados, appear in the June issue of the Caribbean Journal of Science.  Most of the maps are based on Landsat [...]

Burma: Post-Flood Rice Impact Analysis
Jul 9, 2008USDA FAS Uses GIS, MODIS, and Landsat to Monitor Rice Production in Burma

Source: ESRI Press Release, Redlands, California, USA Subsequent to Cyclone Nargis, a category 3 tropical storm that struck the low-lying and heavily populated coastline of Myanmar (Burma) on May 2, 2008, the Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) of [...]