Oct 27, 2010Landsat Enables Amazon Accounting

Source: Climate Central [external link] The University of Maryland’s Dr. John Townshend talks to Climate Central scientist Dr. Heidi Cullen about Landsat’s central role in measuring the biomass of the the massive Amazon Rainforest. Watch the video. Further Information: + “Proof in the Pixels;” (two minute video)

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Oct 26, 2010Landsat Ground Station Operators Working Group Held (LGSOWG #39)

Source: USGS Landsat Project The Landsat Ground Station Operators Working Group (LGSOWG#39) meeting was held September 27–October 1, 2010, in Rome, Italy. Jointly organized by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and NASA, the meeting was hosted by the European Space Agency (ESA). Participants from 14 countries, along with members of the USGS Landsat and Landsat Data […]

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Oct 25, 2010Landsat Backbone of Forest Monitoring

Oct 25, 2010 • In a recent EarthSky interview, Landsat science team member Curtis Woodcock talks about the importance of Landsat data to global forest monitoring. Podcasts: • 90 second podcast interview (1.7 Mb) • 8 min. podcast interview (13.9 Mb) From EarthSky: Curtis Woodcock: The Landsat series of satellites really provide the backbone for the monitoring of forests that’s […]

Oct 1, 2010Global Consortium of Space Agencies to Meet at USGS

Contributor: Ron Beck, USGS The U.S. Geological Survey will host the 24th Secretariat and Board meetings of the International Charter for Space and Major Disasters in Washington, D.C. on October 4-7, 2010. The Charter is an organization of space agencies around the globe that operate earth-imaging satellites and provide data free of charge to assist emergency […]

Oct 1, 2010Free Landsat Data = More Deforestation Monitoring

Matt Hansen, the co-director of South Dakota State University’s Geographic Information Science Center for Excellency, spoke with Mongabay.com about the importance of Landsat data to forest cover monitoring. The historical Landsat database together with the satellites’ regular coverage and its free data have made Landsat a vital tool for assessing forest conservation. Such assessments are growing in […]

Oct 1, 2010Landsat Used to Investigate Shrinking Avocado Acreage

The California Avocado Commission will be using a combination of Landsat, SPOT, and USDA aerial photography information to determine if the acreage of avocado groves is still shrinking. Between 2005 and 2009 Riverside and San Diego counties saw a 19 and 26 percent decrease in avocado crops respectively. Higher water prices are thought to be […]