January 2013


Jan 30, 2013Dr. Marcia McNutt to Step Down as USGS Director

Jan. 30, 2013 • Dr. Marcia McNutt will be leaving her post as the USGS Director on Feb. 15, 2013 just after the scheduled launch of the next Landsat, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission, scheduled to launch on Feb. 11, 2013. During Dr. McNutt's [...]

Jan 29, 2013USGS Landsat Project Update – Volume 7 Issue 1 2013 Available

Source: USGS Landsat Project Jan. 29, 2013 • The latest Landsat Project Update is now available from USGS: Landsat Mission News Landsat 5 Decommissioning Plans Landsat 5 Tribute Page Landsat 7 Status LDCM Launch Readiness LDCM Spacecraft Read [...]

Jan 28, 2013USGS Technical Publication on Landsat Surface Reflectance Available

Source: J. W. Jones, M.J. Starbuck, C.B. Jenkerson, USGS Jan. 28, 2013 • The U.S. Geological Survey Land Remote Sensing Program is developing an operational capability to produce Climate Data Records (CDRs) and Essential Climate Variables (ECVs) [...]

LDCM in Atlas V payload fairing
Jan 23, 2013Ready to Ride

Jan. 23, 2013 • Technicians encapsulate NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) satellite in its payload fairing in the Astrotech processing facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Further Information: + LDCM Image Gallery  [...]

Jan 22, 2013What is the Economic Value of Satellite Imagery?

Does remote-sensing information, such as that from Landsat and similar Earth-observing satellites, provide economic benefits to society, and can this value be estimated? Using satellite data for northeastern Iowa, U.S. Geological Survey [...]

Forests in SE U.S.
Jan 17, 2013Detecting Forest Change in the Southeast U.S.

The southeastern United States is a hotspot for forestry activity. The cyclical harvest and planting of trees on lands dedicated to timber and pulp production result in some of the highest rates of forest change observed in the country. Over the [...]

Jan 16, 2013EarthSky22: Landsat, the Next Generation

Source: EarthSky Jan. 16, 2013 • EarthSky's latest EarthSky22 podcast features, Landsat and the upcoming Landsat Data Continuity Mission. Listen here. From EarthSky: The next generation of Landsat satellites will launch in February 2013. Hear [...]

Jan 15, 2013LDCM Spacecraft Fueled; Teams Prep for Encapsulation

Source: NASA Jan. 15, 2013 • At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, work continues on pace toward next month's planned launch of NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission, or LDCM. The spacecraft is fueled and closeouts of the observatory are [...]

Jan 14, 2013Sensing Forest Disturbance: Landsat Sees Insect Outbreaks From Space

A new way of studying and visualizing Earth science data from a NASA and U.S. Geological Survey satellite program is resulting in, for the first time, the ability to tease out the small events that can cause big changes in an ecosystem. Called [...]

Jan 11, 2013Landsat Data Continuity Mission Overview

Source: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Jan. 11, 2013 • The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), a collaboration between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey, will provide moderate-resolution measurements of Earth's terrestrial and polar Read [...]

Jan 10, 2013NASA Prepares for Launch of Next Earth Observation Satellite

Source: Steve Cole, NASA HQ; Rani Gran, NASA GSFC; Jon Campbell, USGS Jan. 10, 2013 • NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) is scheduled to launch Feb. 11 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. A joint NASA and U.S. Geological [...]

Jan 9, 2013LDCM Launch Party Kit

Contributor: Tassia Owen, NASA Landsat Education & Public Outreach Jan. 9, 2013 • Did you know that the longest continuous view of Earth from space comes from the Landsat satellite program? Its 40-year archive offers a priceless record of [...]

Jan 8, 2013Long-Lived Satellite Mission Winds Down

Source: Charlene Porter, IIP Digital, U.S. Embassy Jan. 8, 2013 • Landsat 5 has been orbiting and observing Earth since 1984, long before the computer became a household appliance and a third of the world's population made everyday visits to a [...]

Jan 7, 2013NASA to Hold Jan. 10 Media Briefing on Next Landsat Mission Launch

Source: Steve Cole, NASA Headquarters Jan. 7, 2013 • NASA will hold a news briefing at 1 p.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 10, about the upcoming launch of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM). The briefing will be held in the James E. Webb [...]

Jan 7, 2013Science Team Presentations Available

The USGS has released presentations given by the Landsat Science Team members during the last Science Team Meeting in Washington, D.C. (December 12 -13, 2012) which detail their research objectives and plans. Source: USGS Landsat Project + See [...]

Jan 3, 2013Landsat Surface Reflectance Data Available

Source: USGS Landsat Mission Website Jan. 3, 2013 • Landsat Surface Reflectance Climate Data Records (CDR) for Global Land Survey (GLS) collections 2000, 2005, and 2010 are now available from the Landsat CDR/ECV data set on EarthExplorer. The [...]