Jun 30, 2010ESA To Follow Landsat’s Lead on Data Policy for its GMES Data

Space News has reported that the European Space Agency (ESA) is planning to offer data from its Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) project for no cost. The article sites the success of the Landsat free data policy as an impetus for this move. Excerpted from Space News [external link]: Access to U.S. Landsat data used to […]

Jun 29, 2010USGS Landsat Project Update Available

The USGS Landsat Project Update Vol. 4 Issue 4, 2010 is now available. Articles include: New Landsat 5 TM Acquisition Scheduler Landsat 7 Turns Eleven Landsat YouTube Videos Dr. Jeff Masek Named NASA Landsat Project Scientist Landsat Technical Working Group Meeting EROS Author Publicaitons Landsat Images of Interest – Flooding in Tennessee

Jun 28, 2010National Space Policy Includes Land Remote Sensing

The U.S. National Space Policy was released today. The Policy explicitly lists improving space-based observation as one of its goals, and directs NASA and USGS to “work together in maintaining a program for operational land remote sensing observations.” For more details: + U.S. National Space Policy + DOI Press Release: Land Remote Sensing Under National Space Policy

Jun 28, 2010Dept. of Interior Continues Leadership Role in Land Remote Sensing Under National Space Policy Announced by the President

Source: DOI Press Release The National Space Policy announced by the White House today recognizes and endorses the Department of the Interior’s expertise and accomplishments in land imaging and remote sensing to advance global climate change research and provide data for science and natural resource management. “The National Space Policy confirms Interior’s important role in land imaging and […]

Jun 24, 2010Landsat Helps Geologists Better Understand Afghanistan

A June 13 New York Times article about the discovery of massive mineral reserves in Afghanistan has highlighted work done by U.S. Geologic Survey geologists to better understand the mineral resources of the country. In 2007, the USGS announced that Afghanistan had “significant amounts of undiscovered non-fuel mineral resources.” Working with the Afghanistan Geological Survey, USGS has […]

Jun 18, 2010Landsat Science Team Meeting Held in Boise, Idaho

The Summer 2010 Landsat Science Team meeting was hosted by Rick Allen and Tony Morse in Boise, Idaho from June 15–17. Meeting topics included USGS and NASA Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) updates, Landsat 5 and 7 status reports, Landsat archive and processing discussions, Global Land Survey updates, Landsat User Survey results, Thermal InfraRed Sensor […]

Jun 7, 2010USGS and Spot Image Corporation Announce Data Agreement

Source: Ron Beck, USGS The U.S. Geological Survey will receive nearly unlimited access to imagery collected by Spot Image satellites over the continental United States under a major data purchase agreement announced today. The mid-resolution earth observation data from SPOT 4 and 5 satellites are similar to imagery acquired by aging U.S. Landsat satellites. “Concern over […]

Landsat Data Continuity Mission spacecraft
Jun 1, 2010NASA Completes Critical Design Review of Landsat Data Continuity Mission

Source: Sarah DeWitt and Ron Beck, Goddard Release No. 10-052 The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) reached a major milestone last week when it successfully completed its Mission Critical Design Review (CDR). From May 25-27, an independent review board chaired by Steve Jurczyk, Deputy Director at NASA’s Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va., met at NASA’s Goddard […]

Black-throated Blue Warbler
Jun 1, 2010Lasers Together with Landsat Help Researchers Predict Birds’ Preferred Habitat

Jun 1, 2010 • Every spring, migratory birds like the Black-throated Blue Warbler journey from tropical Caribbean or South American refuges to North American forests. But which forest patch will they call home this year? And, how can researchers predict where they choose to nest? Ecologists studying biodiversity and conservationists preserving habitats have asked these […]