Jan 29, 2010Landsat 7 Project Scientist Retires from NASA

After 34-plus years of government service, Dr. Darrel Williams retired on January 29, 2010. Over the tenure of his career, Williams made a lasting impact on the study of the Earth’s land surface using space-based measurements. His scientific leadership of the Landsat program restored the Nation’s capability to observe systematically land surface dynamics on a […]

Jan 28, 2010Landsat Contributes to New NASS Geospatial Data Product Release

Source: Audra Zakzeski, USDA The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) today announced the release of new satellite images depicting agricultural land cover across most of the nation for the 2009 crop year. The images, referred to as cropland data layers (CDL), are a useful tool for monitoring crop rotation patterns, land use […]

Jan 28, 2010Calibration Update To ETM+ Thermal Band

Source: USGS Effective January 1, 2010, the calibration of the ETM+ thermal band was modified to correct for a lifetime gain error detected by the vicarious calibration teams. Changes were made to the Calibration Parameter File (CPF) to correct a gain error that has been present since the launch of the instrument. This gain error causes […]

LDCM-era Landsat Science Team
Jan 21, 2010Landsat Science Team Meeting Held

A Landsat Science Team Meeting was held between Jan. 19–21, 2010 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. The meeting included updates regarding Landsat 5 and 7 status, proposed Landsat processing changes, the archive, MSS calibration, the Global Land Survey, education and outreach, science product plans, LDCM progress and status. There were also […]

Agriculture Idaho
Jan 21, 2010Water Watchers

Jan 21, 2010 • Dean Stevenson has farmed the plains of south-central Idaho most of his forty-seven years. Like all farmers, he worries about things like the price of sugar beets and malt barley or the cost of gasoline, but most of all, he worries about water. He is right to worry. The 4,000 acres […]

Jan 15, 2010Landsat 5 Returns to Operations

Source: USGS Landsat 5 has continued to downlink data successfully. Data is available for order and download beginning with acquisitions on January 10, 2010.

Jan 13, 2010Spaceflight Now: Landsat Hanging On

In an article written for Spaceflight Now, Stephen Clark chronicles the recent triumph of Landsat 5 over a failed downlink transmitter in December. The article is full of quotes from Bruce Quirk, the USGS land remote sensing program coordinator; Kristi Klein, the USGS Landsat Program Manger; Jim Tucker, a NASA scientist; and Richard Allen, a Landsat […]

Jan 7, 2010Landsat 5 Transmits Data

Source: USGS Today, on January 7, 2010, the U.S. Geological Survey ground station at Sioux Falls, South Dakota successfully conducted a test to collect data from Landsat 5. Continued testing is planned for the next several days, downlinking additional data to Sioux Falls and international sites. The EarthNow! site (earthnow.usgs.gov) displayed the data as they were […]

Jan 4, 2010Landsat: Earth Observations for a Changing World

Bruce Quirk, the USGS land remote sensing program coordinator, has penned an article for IEEE’s earthzine about the Landsat program, the data’s value, data access, and the future. + “Landsat: Earth Observations for a Changing World” by Bruce Quirk, earthzine [external link]

Jan 2, 2010Presentations From Landsat Data Product Workshop Available

Source: USGS A Landsat Data Products Workshop was held at Boston University, MA. October 27–29, 2009. Workshop goals were to: (1) Define a set of Landsat-based products of general use and interest to the community, (2) determine “best practices” (algorithms and such) for production, (3) determine “best practices” for their testing and validation, and (4) pursue […]