Forest cover loss in Sumatra between 2000-2008
Feb 28, 2011Tracking Forest Loss More Accurately with Landsat

In an article released late this month in Environmental Research Letters, authors Mark Broich, Matthew Hansen, Fred Stolle, Peter Potapov, Belinda Arunarwati Margono, and Bernard Adusei examined interannual forest cover loss on the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan from 2000 to 2008 using a combination of Landsat ETM+, MODIS, and SRTM data. The researchers found that forest cover loss […]

Feb 26, 2011USGS Releases Report on Uses, Users, and Value of Landsat

The USGS has released one of its Numbered Series Publications focusing on the uses, users, and value of Landsat data. The 42 page report by social scientists at the USGS Fort Collins Science Center—Holly M. Miller, Natalie R. Sexton, Lynne Koontz, John Loomis, Stephen R. Koontz, and Caroline Herman—studied uses and users of Landsat (and […]

Feb 22, 2011Landsat Finds a Home in the Proposed FY 2012 Budget

The President’s Proposed FY 2012 Budget requests $48 million to establish a National Land Imaging Program (NLIP) within the U.S. Geological Survey, which resides within the Department of the Interior. The USGS, a longtime Landsat partner with NASA, is already budgeted to operate Landsat 5 and 7 and to maintain the entire Landsat archive of […]

Feb 16, 2011New National Land Cover Database Hits the Streets

Source: Jan Nelson, Collin Homer, Jon Campbell, USGS The latest edition of the National Land Cover Database (NLCD 2006) is now publicly available. This massive database updates our knowledge of the Nation’s land cover and documents precisely where land cover change has occurred between 2001 and 2006. NLCD is used for thousands of applications in […]

Feb 8, 2011Mapping and Measuring Urban Expansion to Inform Policy

Feb 8, 2011 • While urban expansion in Europe and America has been stymied by the recent economic slowdown, the developing world’s cities have been gobbling up land. In cities with more than 100,000 people, urban land cover expansion is outpacing population growth. In a policy report released by the non-partisan Lincoln Institute of Land […]