Dr. James Irons, LDCM Project Scientist
Dec 29, 2010LDCM Project Scientist Talks with Federal News Radio

Dr. James Irons, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Project Scientist spoke with Federal News Radio on Wednesday about the roll of Landsat in disaster relief efforts. In the interview Dr. Irons also explains some of the other applications of Landsat data and he gives an overview of how satellite data collection works.

Dec 21, 2010Solving Land Conservation Problems

Source: Cody Winchester, ArgusLeader.com [external link] In a recent Sioux Falls ArgusLeader, reporter Cody Winchester explains Landsat’s role in the new Google Earth Engine. Excerpted from Winchester’s article: “Scientists, conservationists and developing countries can use [Landsat] data to track deforestation, urbanization, water use and other environmental trends. “Over the next two years, Google.org, the company’s philanthropic arm, will […]

Golden Gate Bridge
Dec 17, 2010Landsat at 2010 AGU Fall Meeting

At the annual fall AGU meeting in San Francisco, CA, Landsat was featured in 135 different scientific talks and posters featuring topics as diverse as the carbon cycle, natural disasters, coastal change, and crop water demand. Landsat paper highlights included talks pertaining to the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) initiative, the Landsat WELD […]

Horticulturist David Ramming with grapes growing in the San Joaquin Valley
Dec 15, 2010Landsat Data Addresses Needs of California Growers

Dec 15, 2010 • With the capability to provide valuable information about individual farm fields, vineyards, and orchards, NASA satellites soon will provide California growers in the San Joaquin Valley with important information about crop growth, irrigation demands and forecasts, as well as imagery of their fields throughout the growing season. To support irrigation management […]

Dec 8, 2010USGS Director Emphasizes Landsat’s Role in Google’s Earth Engine

Dec 8, 2010 • Source: Juliet Eilperin; Washington Post[external link] In a recent article on the Washington Post’s “Post Carbon” page, Marcia McNutt, the U.S. Geological Survey director wrote to reporter Juliet Eilperin. From Marcia McNutt: “Much of the publicly available satellite imagery that the Google Earth Engine provides for analysis has been collected by […]

Landsat-derived deforestation trends
Dec 6, 2010A Carbon Agreement That Would Rely on Landsat Data

Dec 6, 2010 • At the UN climate talks in Cancun, a satellite-based protocol to track deforestation is being met with some optimism. In this new initiative to incentivize forest conservation in developing countries, Landsat data would be used to verify deforestation rates. This initiative known as Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) […]

forest cover map
Dec 2, 2010Google Earth Engine and Landsat

Dec 2, 2010 • Today at the UN climate convention in Cancun, Mexico, Google Labs announced the release of the Google Earth Engine, a project designed to use Earth observation data to enable global change monitoring. The engine relies heavily on 25 years worth of Landsat data (TM and ETM+). With Earth Engine, developing nations […]