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 TM and ETM+ data in a raw, uncorrected format (Level-0R) so that these data could be processed […]

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 detection monitoring in managed forest environments. The study concludes that the gap-filled products do provide useful data for forest managers, with some caveats. Reference: […]

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 (MEaSUREs) program.

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

Jul 18, 2008 • 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 that management practices such as irrigation can be precisely scheduled. Existing […]

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 Landsat mission—Landsat 9. Day 1 consisted of status updates on Landsat 5 & 7 health, on the […]

Dr. Robert Bindschadler
Jul 10, 2008Meet Robert Bindschadler

Jul 10, 2008 • 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 active interest in the dynamics of glaciers and ice sheets, investigating how […]

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

Jul 10, 2008 • 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 most of the forests cleared for land development from 1991 to 2000, 55%, […]

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

Jul 10, 2008 • 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 imagery and are the first satellite image-based maps to […]

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 the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) began producing a series of geographic information system (GIS)-based maps of the […]

Jul 1, 2008USGS Landsat Project Update Available

The latest issue of the USGS Landsat Project Update is available on the USGS Landsat website. The 2008, Volume 2 Issue 3, includes the following articles: + Secretary Kempthorne Showcases Free Public Availability of Landsat Satellite Image Archive at ESRI Conference + Landsat Science Team Spotlight + The International Charter “Space and Major Disasters” + EROS Authors in Recent […]

Jul 1, 2008USGS Landsat Project Update Available

The latest issue of the USGS Landsat Project Update is available on theUSGS Landsat website. The 2008, Volume 2 Issue 2, includes the following articles: + Imagery for Everyone + Technical Announcement + Shallow-Water Features Identified with Landsat 7 Imagery + Landsat Science Team Spotlight + Did You Know…? + Web Page Updated + LDCM USGS Acquisition Strategy for Ground System Segments […]