glacially formed depressions that hold dynamic wetlands
Sep 30, 2008Landsat, Potholes, and Climate Change

Contributor: Laura E.P. Rocchio Sep 30, 2008 • What could Landsat, potholes, and climate change have in common? Well—when you use the term “potholes” to refer to the glacially-formed wetland depressions of the Prairie Pothole Region of central North America—the answer is: a lot! The Prairie Pothole Region The Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) contains millions […]

Sep 26, 2008Fusing Landsat and MODIS Data to Better Estimate Boreal Forest Loss

This month in Remote Sensing of Environment, Potapov et al. report on their method of combining MODIS and Landsat imagery to estimate forest loss in the world’s boreal forests. Understanding forest loss in boreal forests is especially important given the large extent, resource importance (timber), carbon sequestration, and vulnerability (to climate change) of boreal forests. […]

Sep 17, 2008NASA Selects The Hammers Co. to Build LDCM MOE

NASA selected The Hammers Company, Greenbelt, Md., to build the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Mission Operations Element (MOE). A five-year contract, with a cost-plus-award-fee portion that commences upon contract award through final post-launch acceptance; and a cost-plus-fixed-fee period that is scheduled to commence after the tentatively scheduled launch date of July 2011, has been […]

Sep 15, 2008LGSOWG-37 Meeting Held in China

Contributor: Terry Arvidson This year’s Landsat Ground Station Operators Working Group (LGSOWG-37) meeting was held in China September 15-19, 2008.  The meeting was organized by USGS and hosted by the Center for Earth Observation and Digital Earth (CEODE), Chinese Academy of Sciences, in Shanghai, China. Participants from 11 countries, including members of the USGS Landsat […]

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Sep 13, 2008Landsat Part of LaunchFest

On Saturday, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center opened its gates to the public for LaunchFest. LaunchFest celebrated Goddard’s upcoming mission launches and showcased the work done at the Center. The Landsat Project took part in LaunchFest. Members of the Landsat Project provided information about Landsat’s long history and about the Landsat Data Continuity Mission’s future […]

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Sep 8, 2008Landsat 7 Flies Its 50,000th Orbit

The Landsat 7 satellite flew its 50,000th orbit on Monday, September 8, 2008. Landsat 7 has been orbiting the Earth since its launch in April 1999. Landsat satellites provide an unparalleled record of Earth’s varying landscapes to help us understand how Earth is changing and what those changes mean for life on our planet. The […]