Aug 31, 2007Satellites Let Scientists View Earth as Integrated System

Contributor: Cheryl Pellerin, Staff Writer Direct observations of oceans, land surfaces, the atmosphere and glaciers have made it possible in 2007 for scientists to state with more than 90 percent certainty that Earth’s climate is warming and human activities are driving the change. Such observations — produced by a range of globally networked instruments and individual […]

Pilot Jim Demers (left) and researchers John Lekki (center) and Norman Prokop (right)
Aug 28, 2007Sensor Synergy: Great Lakes Algae Monitoring

Aug 28, 2007 • A rare bird has been flying over the Great Lakes recently, and it isn’t migrating or searching for prey. This hawkeyed species is a Learjet aircraft outfitted with an advanced imaging system. Engineers at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland modified the plane to help the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration […]

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Aug 23, 2007Landsat Data Used in Award Winning Map

An Avenza Map Award was recently given to a vegetation and temperature map of New York City created using Landsat data. Rob Simmon, a data visualizer with NASA’s Earth Observatory and the map’s author, created the map for an Earth Observatory story about urban heat islands. The Earth Observatory story explains how scientist have used Landsat’s thermal band […]

Aug 18, 2007Resolution Marking Anniversary of Landsat Introduced

Contact: Alisha Prather, House Science and Technology Committee News Today U.S. Rep. Mark Udall (D-CO), Chairman of the House Committee on Science and Technology’s Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, introduced a bipartisan House resolution to celebrate 35 years of space-based observations of the Earth by Landsat spacecraft – an accomplishment that has helped revolutionize our understanding of […]

Aug 14, 2007Secretary of the Interior Comments on New National Land Imaging Program

Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne made the following comments today concerning a report issued by the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, calling for a new management structure to coordinate a space-based land imaging program. “We understand and acknowledge the need for a long-term plan to develop technical, financial, and managerial stability […]

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Aug 14, 2007U.S. Releases Plan For National Land Imaging Program

The Bush Administration today announced the release of a plan for a U.S. National Land Imaging Program. The plan will serve as the framework for continuing the collection of moderate resolution multispectral remote sensing data for the globe. The new Program would be established at the Department of the Interior and would provide focused leadership […]

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Aug 9, 2007Landsat Helps Rain Forest Protection Work in Peru

Contributor: Gregory Asner A new regional study shows that land-use policies in Peru have been key to tempering rain forest degradation and destruction in that country. Scientists at the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology led an international effort to analyze seven years of high-resolution satellite data covering most (79%) of the Peruvian Amazon for their […]