Nov 30, 2010Landsat Science Team Fall Meeting

An article in the Nov./Dec. edition of The Earth Observer gives a detailed overview of the fall Landsat Science Team meeting held in Boise, Idaho. The recent contributions of the science team members are highlighted. Read full article: + The Earth Observer: Landsat Science Team Summary

A joint report from the World Bank and United Nations titled Natural Hazards, UnNatural Disasters: The Economics of Effective Prevention
Nov 30, 2010Reducing the Cost of Natural Hazards: Sharing Data is Key

A joint report from the World Bank and United Nations titled Natural Hazards, UnNatural Disasters: The Economics of Effective Prevention examines the economic and human cost of natural disasters. The report, released earlier this month, concludes that there are many methods of prevention that governments can pursue that will not be prohibitively expensive. One such […]

Nov 23, 2010EO-1: A Decade of Service for a Landsat Test Bed

The Earth Observing-1 satellite celebrated its tenth year on orbit Nov. 21. The Advanced Land Imager (ALI) aboard EO-1 demonstrated the feasibility of a new push-broom sensor for future Landsat missions. The next Landsat (LDCM) will use a push-broom sensor dubbed the Operational Land Imager (OLI). OLI is a departure from the heritage scanning (or […]

Marvin E. Bauer
Nov 17, 2010Landsat Agriculture & Forestry Pioneer Honored with Pecora Award

Source: Steve Cole, NASA NASA and the U.S. Department of the Interior presented the William T. Pecora Award to Marvin E. Bauer of the University of Minnesota for his pioneering work in remote sensing of natural resources. Bauer received the award today at the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing meeting in Orlando, Fla. The […]

Nov 15, 2010Goddard Center Director Announces New LDCM Project Manager

Source: NASA Goddard PAO Bill Ochs, the long-time Landsat Data Continuity Mission Project Manager, has been named the new James Webb Space Telescope Project Manager by the Goddard Space Flight Center Director. Phil Sabelhaus, the former Landsat 7 Project Manager, will return to the Landsat Project as the new LDCM Project Manager.

Nov 15, 2010Earth as Art: Portraits from the Studio of Space

Source: Janice Nelson and Jon Campbell, USGS For most of us, deserts, mountains, river valleys, coastlines—even dry lakebeds—are familiar features of the Earth’s landscape. For earth scientists, they are the focus of considerable research. But viewed from the unconventional perspective of space, Earth’s geographic attributes can also be surprisingly beautiful. Today, the U.S. Geological Survey is […]

Nov 5, 2010Locating Malaria Danger Zones with Landsat and SRTM

A team of scientists led by Julia Clennon reported in this month’sInternational Journal of Health Geographics, that locating mosquito breeding grounds responsible for malaria transmission may be possible with a combination of Landsat and Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM; i.e., elevation) data. The research team used Landsat data along with elevation data to locate mosquito […]

Nov 1, 2010Landsat Feeds ESA-led TalkingFields

TalkingFields, a European Space Agency-led project, is poised to help European farmers. Using TalkingFields farmers will be better able to allocate fertilizer and water and to more quickly identify disease and pest problems affecting their fields. TalkingFields uses a combination of satellite land imagery, GPS-like navigation, farm management software, and crop growth models to enable […]