The Operational Land Imager
Nov 26, 2008LDCM’s OLI Successfully Completes Critical Design Review

Source: Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. The Operational Land Imager (OLI) being built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. for the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), the eighth in the Landsat satellite series, has successfully passed the Instrument Critical Design Review (ICDR). The ICDR, a four-day process in Boulder, included more than 60 representatives from […]

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Nov 26, 2008Landsat Imagery Leads to Discovery of New Species

Nov 26, 2008 • In 2005, conservation scientist Dr. Julian Bayliss was looking at Landsat images of northern Mozambique with Google Earth. He was in search of regions close to Malawi’sMt. Mulanje that could form potential transfrontier conservation areas. Using the Landsat imagery, Bayliss made note of proximate mountainous green patches, knowing that greater rainfall levels at […]

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Nov 25, 2008You Can Retrace the Journey of Lewis and Clark with Landsat Imagery

Nov 25, 2008 • The U.S. Geological Survey has made it possible for you to retrace the historic journey of Lewis and Clark with a series of Landsat posters that feature significant stops and encampments along their route, from Wood River Camp to Cape Disappointment. From the USGS Website: To commemorate the 200th anniversary of […]

Nov 24, 200880,000 Free Landsat 7 Scenes Downloaded Since Oct. 1

Source: USGS Landsat Update Electronic access to the entire USGS Landsat 7 archive, enabling users to download standard-format scenes at no charge, has been an amazing success, with over 80,000 scenes downloaded since October 1st. The rest of the USGS archive, from Landsat 1 through Landsat 5, will be released by December 30, 2008. At […]

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Nov 21, 2008Landsat Featured During Pecora 17

The 17th William T. Pecora Memorial Remote Sensing Symposium was held in Denver, Colorado from November 16–20. The theme of the meeting was “The future of land imaging… going operational.” The Opening General Session focused on Pecora’s vision of an Earth-observing satellite program to help manage natural resources, the ensuing USGS/NASA partnership, the resulting Landsat […]

Nov 20, 2008Group on Earth Observations Heralds Free, Global Access to USGS Earth Imagery

Source: GEO In a breakthrough announced here today by the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), scientists and decision-makers around the world will soon have unrestricted access at no charge to the Landsat archive, the world’s most extensive collection of continuously-acquired remotely sensed satellite imagery. “Remote-sensing satellites are impartial and essential recorders of the fast-moving story of […]

Nov 18, 2008Landsat Veteran Co-recipient of 2008 Pecora Award

Source: NASA NASA and the U.S. Department of the Interior Tuesday presented William T. Pecora Awards to Landsat Veteran, Samuel N. Goward of the University of Maryland, College Park and to NASA’s Quick Scatterometer, or QuikSCAT, mission team. The two agencies present individual and group Pecora Awards annually to honor outstanding contributions in the field of […]

Nov 17, 2008Landsat Helps Scientists Discover Another Reason for Glacial Acceleration

Source: Aimee Dolloff, University of Maine Using nearly 50 years of data, University of Maine researchers have determined that subglacial floods in East Antarctica caused a rapid and short-lived acceleration of a major outlet glacier. Leigh Stearns and Gordon Hamilton of UMaine’s Climate Change Institute, along with Benjamin Smith of the University of Washington, observed that […]

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Nov 15, 2008Landsat Education and Outreach at 2008 National Interpreter’s Workshop

“Demystifying Climate Change,” was co-presented at the 2008 National Association of Interpreters National Workshop by Landsat Education and Outreach lead Anita Davis, together with Interpretive Specialist John Morris, of the National Park Service’s Alaska Region Office, and Frank Niepold, Climate Change Education Coordinator at NOAA’s Climate Program Office. Twenty-minutes before the talk began the room […]