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Aug 31, 2008Landsat Important to Coastal Studies

Contributor: Laura E.P. Rocchio Aug 31, 2008 • When you think of Landsat, images of the Earth’s land surface rightly come to mind because that is the type of imagery that Landsat was designed to collect. However, also included in that land category are coastal waters. This month (August 2008), three published journal articles convey […]

Aug 12, 2008Taking Earth’s Temperature via Satellite

Contributor: Don Comis, USDA ARS Imagine adding a thermometer to Google™ Earth. That’s the vision of Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists Martha Anderson and Bill Kustas, who see the need for high-resolution thermal infrared imaging tools–such as those aboard the aging Landsat satellites–as vital to monitoring earth’s health. These thermal data are especially important given the […]

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Aug 11, 2008Forest Disturbance and the North American Carbon Flux

Science brief summary by: Laura E. P. Rocchio To provide details about the effect of forest disturbance on the North American carbon budget, an interagency initiative known as the North American Carbon Program (NACP) has recommended the use of satellite remote sensing to regularly map forests. In response to this recommendation, the Landsat Ecosystem Disturbance […]

Aug 10, 2008Landsat Key in New UNEP Atlas of Africa’s Environmental Change

Glacial Retreat to Rapid Urbanization Chronicled in Landmark Satellite Report to Africa’s Environment Ministers Source: United Nations Environment Programme Africa’s rapidly changing environmental landscape, from the disappearance of glaciers in Uganda’s Rwenzori Mountains to the loss of Cape Town’s unique “fynbos” vegetation, is presented today to the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment(AMCEN). The Atlas, […]

Aug 5, 2008Secretary Kempthorne Showcases Free Public Availability of Landsat Satellite Image Archive at ESRI Conference

Contact: Joan Moody, USGS Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced at the ongoing ESRI Conference that his direction to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to make its 35-year Landsat satellite image archive available over the Internet for free marks the commitment of the department to breaking down information barriers. “With the click of a […]