Apr 22, 2007Earth Day, Indonesia, and Landsat

According to the Indonesian National News Agency, an environmental group called Sahabat Walhi (Friends of the Indonesian Forum for Environment) held a rally in Jakarta on Earth Day in an attempt to bring public attention to the problem of Indonesia’s rapid deforestation. Using Landsat data, Sahabat Walhi was able to provide evidence that millions of […]

Irrigation system in Colorado.
Apr 17, 2007Precious Resources: Water & Landsat’s Thermal Band

Contributor: Laura Rocchio “Chronic water supply problems in many areas of the West are among the greatest challenges we face in the coming decades.” Mark Limbaugh, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, told U.S. Senators in 2006. He was largely echoing the findings of the DOI Water 2025 report. The […]

Apr 16, 2007Landsat at AAG Meeting

The 2007 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) is taking place this week in San Francisco. Landsat features prominently in over 29 presentations. Landsat presentations cover diverse topics such as: fire impact, land cover change, irrigation water resource management, crop mapping, southern Florida’s urban-rural interface, community vulnerability to tsunami hazards, forest nutrient […]

Apr 15, 2007Landsat 7 turns eight

On this day in 1999, Landsat 7 was launched into orbit.. Landsat 7 operations continue today, despite the Scan Line Corrector (SLC-off) anomaly.

Apr 12, 2007U.S. Uses Landsat Satellite Data To Fight Hunger, Poverty

Remote sensing is a critical tool for agriculture, land use worldwide Source: Cheryl Pellerin, America.gov, U.S. Department of State Over the 35 years that U.S. Landsat Earth-observation satellites have collected images of the planet from space, scientists around the world have put the data to work in a range of applications, from agriculture and land-use planning […]

Apr 10, 2007U.S. Satellite Images of Earth Help Countries Worldwide

Landsat agencies committed to making data available to science community Source: Cheryl Pellerin, America.gov, U.S. Department of State U.S. agencies responsible for the Landsat series of Earth observation satellites have agreed that the next-generation Landsat will launch in 2011, and the United States is not the only nation that will benefit from the continued imaging of […]

Apr 9, 2007U.S. Agencies Moving Forward in Planning Landsat 7 Successor

35-year record of Earth observations is global scientific asset Source: Cheryl Pellerin, America.gov, U.S. Department of State After 35 years and 2 million images of the planet’s surface – and two orbiting satellites with failing instruments and scant fuel reserves – the Landsat Earth observation program is getting a new satellite and a new, more stable, […]

Apr 6, 2007Landsat Most Used Mid-Resolution Data in Asian Markets

A recent NOAA-sponsored survey of the Asian remote sensing marketplace found that Landsat 5 and 7 are the most frequently used mid-resolution data in Asia. The report states, “Asia’s highest use of satellite imagery is in the mid-resolution category with Landsat 5 and 7 (due to their long history, low cost and availability, especially in […]

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Apr 6, 2007Innovative Use of Landsat Thermal Data Helps Idaho Department of Water Resources Win National Recognition

Source: Idaho Department of Water Resources Harvard University’s Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation selected the Idaho Department of Water Resources program, “Mapping Evapotranspiration from Satellites,” as one of the Top 50 programs in the 2007 Innovations in American Government Award competition. The Innovations Awards is an annual competition sponsored by the Ash Institute, which […]

Apr 6, 2007LDCM Mission Operations Element (MOE) Acquisition Schedule Update

An update to the LDCM Acquisition Schedule for Mission Operations Element (MOE) is now available. + Read update at NASA Acquisition Internet Service

The eastern side of the Ross Ice Shelf, Ross Island, Koettlitz Glacier, Ferrar Glacier.
Apr 2, 2007A Closer Look: the Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica

Source: NASA SVS The Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica (LIMA) is a data product jointly produced by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). LIMA images featured on the NASA Science Visualization Studio (SVS) website are compared to what is […]

Apr 2, 2007Roles of NASA and USGS for the LDCM Mission Defined

Source: USGS Scientists and engineers from the Department of the Interior’s U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and NASA are moving forward in planning a successor to the Landsat 7 satellite mission. With the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) satellite expected to launch in 2011, the two agencies have announced their roles and responsibilities in mission development, subsystems […]

USDA agricultural engineer examines a sample of grain.
Apr 2, 2007Landsat – Protecting the Price of Bread

Contributor: Laura Rocchio Year-to-year we expect the price of bread to remain relatively stable, but rarely do we realize the complex interactions and activities that are responsible for that price stability. And even less often do we realize that Landsat satellite data are behind the accurate global crop production estimates that enable such price stability. […]

Apr 2, 2007L5 TM Radiometric Calibration Update

Source: USGS Effective April 2, 2007, updates to the radiometric calibration of Landsat 5 (L5) Thematic Mapper (TM) data processed and distributed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Center for Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) will be available. The full implementation of these processing changes will lead to an improved Landsat 5 TM data product […]

Apr 1, 2007Landsat 7 Transitions to Bumper Mode

As reported on the USGS Landsat website: “On April 1, 2007, the Landsat 7 mission will begin imaging in an alternate mirror-scanning control mode from the original Scan Angle Monitor (SAM) process that has been used since the satellite was launched in 1999. This change, known as Bumper Mode, is necessary due to a predictable […]