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 17, 20132012 Web-Enabled Landsat Data (WELD) Available

Source: USGS Landsat Project Jan. 17, 2013 • The 2012 Web-Enabled Landsat Data (WELD) GeoTIFF data products are now available from http://weld.cr.usgs.gov. HDF tiled data can be downloaded fromftp://weldftp.cr.usgs.gov/. +Visit WELD Read more [...]

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 [...]