Earth to Sky 3 participants
Jan 30, 2009Earth to Sky 3: Interpreting Climate Change

A third Earth to Sky workshop was held from Jan. 26–30, 2009 at the Stephen T. Mather Training Center in Harpers Ferry, WV. This NASA-funded professional development workshop was aimed at National Park Service interpretive rangers, but also included U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service professionals, and other informal educators. The workshop was part of an […]

lowland forest age images
Jan 27, 2009Landsat, GLAS, and Google Earth Used in Concert to Study Amazonian Forests

Contributor: Eileen Helmer In a study published today, carbon accumulation rates of tropical forests biomass regrowth in areas of abandoned agriculture have been measured entirely from space for the first time. Study authors combined Landsat-derived maps of forest age with estimates of forest biomass based on data from the Geoscience Laser Altimeter System (GLAS). The […]

Landsat images
Jan 12, 2009Landsat Sees Wetland and Barrier Island Loss from Hurricane Gustav

Contributor: Rob Gutro Hurricane Gustav made landfall in coastal Louisiana on Sept. 1, 2008, as a very strong category 2 (almost category 3) hurricane and left its mark on wetlands and barrier islands. NASA‘s Landsat 5 satellite, which is operated by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s United States Geological Survey (USGS), captured revealing images. […]

Jan 9, 2009Opening the Landsat Archive

Source: USGS 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 125,000 scenes downloaded since October 1st. Previously acquired imagery from Landsat 1 through Landsat 5, is also now available for download at no charge using the same standard processing […]

Tennessee's Kingston Fossil Plant
Jan 9, 2009Landsat Looks at Coal Ash Spill

Contributor: Michon Scott, NASA Earth Observatory In the early morning hours of December 22, 2008, the earthen wall of a containment pond at Tennessee’s Kingston Fossil Plant gave way. The breach released 1.3 million cubic meters (1.7 million cubic yards) of fly ash—a coal-combustion waste product captured and stored in wet form. As fly ash dries, […]

Jan 8, 2009Landsat Science Team Meeting Held

The fifth LDCM-era Landsat Science Team meeting was hosted by Dr. Eileen Helmer of the U.S. Forest Service in Fort Collins, Colorado from January 6–8, 2009. The meeting included Landsat and LDCM status updates, reports on the Global Land Survey and Data Gap Activities, and a discussion of future Landsat products. The meeting agenda and […]

Jan 1, 2009Agriculture Students Use Landsat to Evaluate Crop, Rangeland

Source: Steven L. Miller, University of Wyoming Agriculture students in a University of Wyoming class used remote sensing information to analyze crop and rangeland they are either familiar with or farm and ranch upon. The class, taught by Ramesh Sivanpillai, remote sensing scientist with the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center (WyGISC) in the College of […]