Dakota Midday Learns about Landsat
Aug 31, 2011Dakota Midday Learns about Landsat

Aug 31, 2011 • On the last day of the Science Team Meeting, NASA and USGS Landsat Project Scientists Jeff Masek and Tom Loveland along with Science Team leader Curtis Woodcock talked live with South Dakota Public Radio’s Dakota Midday about the Landsat program from the USGS EROS Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They discussed their […]

Chesapeake Bay mosaic
Aug 30, 2011Beautiful New Landsat Mosaic of Chesapeake Bay

Aug 30, 2011 • USGS has released a new mosaic of the Chesapeake Bay. Using six Landsat 5 images collected in July 2009 and 2011 a beautiful, seamless mosaic of the Chesapeake Bay region was created by the USGS Landsat team. The Washington D.C.-Baltimore-Philadelphia-New York City corridor can be clearly seen (look for silvery purple) […]

Aug 29, 2011Landsat Science Team Details Available

The Landsat Science Team meeting agenda with links to all meeting presentations is now available from USGS. Meeting agenda and presentations: + USGS Landsat Science Team Agenda with Links

Aug 25, 2011Landsat Helps Stave Off Crop Insurance Fraud

This February with the help of Landsat a California farmer was found guilty of committing crop insurance fraud in San Joaquin, Contra Costa, and Lassen counties. The farmer was fined $10,000 dollars, ordered to pay $211,516 in restitution, and sentenced to serve two and a half years in prison.

two satellite-derived images of the Wallow Fire
Aug 23, 2011Landsat Image Maps Aid Fire Recovery Efforts

Contributor: Melissa Quijada, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center NASA satellite images regularly map active fires around the world. Once a fire is out, satellite data and maps are also used by scientists to measure and protect the scorched land, and have played an important role in streamlining fire recovery efforts. The Remote Sensing Applications Center (RSAC), […]

Aug 18, 2011Landsat Science Team Meeting to be Held in Sioux Falls, SD

A Science Team meeting will be held August 16–18 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This will be the final meeting for the current Team, this being the end of their five year agreements. The USGS plans to solicit proposals in order to competitively reconstitute the Team. The June 2011 solicitation release has been delayed, but […]

Aug 12, 2011Prospects for the National Land Imaging Program and Landsat 9

A July 26, 2011 message from Ms. Anne Castle, Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, U.S. Department of the Interior, concerning the Landsat series of satellites: “[T]he President’s 2012 budget request included a new account for National Land Imaging within the USGS budget framework. The requested funding for this account totals $99.817 million, consisting of […]

Caernarvon freshwater diversion in Louisiana.
Aug 11, 2011Wetland Restoration Challenges

Aug 11, 2011 • A recent publication inGeophysical Research Letters has called into question the effectiveness of current wetland restoration methods. Using more than two decades worth of Landsat data, Dr. Michael Kearney of the University of Maryland analyzed the effect of three freshwater diversion restoration projects in the Mississippi River delta. The diversions were established […]

Aug 11, 2011Six Million Landsat Scenes Downloaded for Free

Source: USGS Landsat Program The U.S. Geological Survey’s Landsat group has announced that the six-millionth free Landsat scene has been downloaded from the USGS archive. USGS made Landsat data available for no cost starting in October 2008 (with free Landsat 7 data). Then, in January 2009 Landsat 1–5 data were also made available at no cost. […]

Operational Land Imager
Aug 9, 2011Critical Milestone Reached for 2012 Landsat Mission

Source: Rani Gran, NASA/GSFC; Jon Campbell, USGS; Roz Brown, BATC The Operational Land Imager (OLI), built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boulder, Colo., has been approved by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for shipment to Orbital Sciences Corporation, Gilbert, Ariz. for integration onto the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) spacecraft. “OLI will be more […]

Yellowstone National Park
Aug 7, 2011Landsat Satellites Track Yellowstone’s Underground Heat

Aug 7, 2011 • Yellowstone National Park sits on top of a vast, ancient, and still active volcano. Heat pours off its underground magma chamber, and is the fuel for Yellowstone’s famous features—more than 10,000 hot springs, mud pots, terraces and geysers, including Old Faithful. But expected development by energy companies right outside Yellowstone’s borders […]

Aug 3, 2011Landsat Update – Volume 5 Issue 3 2011

The USGS Landsat Update is now available. Articles include: Landsat Images on Display at the Library of Congress Landsat Document Donation Wind, Fire, and Water Landsat Technical Working Group Meeting Held Upcoming Meetings Tips and Tricks – What is the Processing level of a Landsat scene? EROS Authors in Recent Publications Landsat Image of Interest –Shrinking Lake […]