Nov 30, 2011Beef Productivity Study Utilizes Landsat

In an effort to help Australian beef producers determine if intensive grazing systems are needed to remain competitive, a new report has analyzed various grazing systems in Queensland, Australia. Landsat data was used to help trend pasture ground cover throughout the study period. The results indicated that grazing system has little impact on productivity and […]

Nov 30, 2011Landsat Science Team Accomplishments

Source: The Earth Observer, Nov.-Dec. 2011 Tom Loveland, the USGS Landsat Science Team Co-chair opened the August Landsat Science Team meeting with a review of the contributions and impacts the Landsat Science Team (LST) has had on Landsat, USGS, and NASA. While the LST made many noteworthy contributions that advanced the Landsat Data Continuity Mission […]

Nov 28, 2011An Ode to Landsat 5

On Nov. 18 USGS suspended Landsat 5 imaging activities in order to explore options for restoring satellite-to-ground image transmissions. It remains to be seen if there is any hope of salvaging the rapidly degrading electronic component of the transmitter. Landsat Science Team Member Rick Allen from the University of Idaho salutes the venerable Landsat 5 […]

Nov 23, 2011ESA opens Landsat archives

Source: ESA Over 30 years of archived data from the U.S. Landsat Earth-observing satellites are now available, free of charge from the European Space Agency. The majority of these products are unique to ESA’s archive and have never before been accessible anywhere else by the scientific user community. In its archives, ESA holds around two million […]

Nov 22, 2011EarthSky Wins Two Awards for Excellence

The EarthSky science news broadcast network has won two major awards for excellence. On Nov. 4, 2011 it was announced that The Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) recognized EarthSky with its 2011 Arts & Sciences Advocacy Award. The CCAS Arts & Sciences Advocacy Award honors an individual or organization demonstrating exemplary advocacy […]

John Schott measures water temperature from a kayak.
Nov 22, 2011John Schott Unites Landsat and RIT

Nov 22, 2011 • NASA’s Earth-observing satellites in the Landsat program have demonstrated the capabilities of remote sensing on a global scale and provided previously unavailable data on global climate change. Imaging scientist John Schott’s 30-year involvement with the program calibrating and simulating the technology won RIT its first major research grant in 1981 and […]

Nov 21, 2011Data Continuity is Key for Scientists, Land Managers

Space News recently reported on the data continuity theme that permeated the Landsat press briefing held last week at the Pecora 18 conference in Herdon, Va. Read the Space News Article: + “For Landsat Operations, Continuity Remains Key,” Space News [external link]

Nov 21, 2011Earth Observation Grows in Importance as Landsat Turns 40

Source: Charlene Porter, U.S. Embassy Population analysts estimated that world population exceeded 7 billion in October and now marches onward to 8 billion. With every passing moment, a scientific program operated by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects data that will help determine how rapidly humans are using the planet’s resources and whether those […]

Nov 18, 2011Landsat 5 Mission in Jeopardy

Source: USGS The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has stopped acquiring images from the 27-year-old Landsat 5 Earth observation satellite due to a rapidly degrading electronic component. Landsat 5 was launched in 1984 and designed to last 3 years. The USGS assumed operation of Landsat 5 in 2001 and managed to bring the aging satellite back from […]

Nov 17, 2011Crowded House: 7 Billion and Counting

Contributor: Aries Keck, NASA Goddard With seven billion people now living on Earth, the expanding demand for resources is exerting unprecedented pressure on global resources, especially forests, water and food. NASA and the US Geological Survey are using satellite technology to monitor the changing resources. Every three seconds, the world loses a football-field sized swath […]

Nov 16, 2011NASA and USGS Announce Media Briefing: How Will We Sustain a More Populated Planet?

Expanding demand from a growing world population — now numbered at over 7 billion — exerts unprecedented pressure on global resources, especially forests, water, and agriculture. Observing our world by remote sensing satellites enables scientists around the world to detect the most critical trends in natural resource conditions at local to global scales. Since 1972, […]

Nov 15, 2011Capturing Landsat’s Long History

Nov 15, 2011 • In an era when receipt of images from Earth-orbiting satellites is “routine”, it’s hard to recall that a few short decades ago this wasn’t the case. Landsat has stood at the forefront of space-based Earth observation, and has been the trailblazer for land remote sensing as it’s known today. The Landsat […]

The Balayan-Souroumba region in Guinea
Nov 10, 2011USGS and USAID Partner to Conserve Forests, Water in Africa

Contributor: Vicky Fakan, USAID USAID has long been a major actor helping to conserve Guinea’s forest reserves, which replenish many of West Africa’s life-sustaining waterways. Now, a recent partnership between USAID and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) can better measure just how well these efforts are working. Officials from the two agencies believe the system—which analyzes […]

Shannon Franks
Nov 9, 2011Meet Shannon Franks

Nov 9, 2011 • When people think of NASA, the first thing that comes to mind is probably an image of astronauts floating around the International Space Station, or perhaps the great discoveries that have come from the agency’s space programme. However, while space exploration and rocket science are among NASA’s better-known achievements, it also […]

Nov 9, 2011LDCM Past Another Milestone

The NASA Agency Program Management Council unanimously approved the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) to proceed to into Phase D following a Key Decision Point-D (KDP-D) review at NASA Headquarters on November 8, 2011. Phase D is the final development phase of the NASA satellite mission life cycle prior to launch. This phase includes the […]

Nov 7, 2011Landsat Update – Volume 5 Issue 4 2011

The USGS Landsat Update is now available. Articles include: Twitter, Flickr, and Facebook: Social Media comes to Landsat WELD Project: Web-Enabled Landsat Data Meetings: International Scientists join for SilvaCarbon Workshop Upcoming Meetings  Tips and Tricks: Popout Feature for GloVis Viewer Landsat Image of Interest: Elephant Butte Reservoir

A technician surveys the TIRS instrument and the calibration equipment
Nov 1, 2011Landsat’s TIRS Instrument Comes Out of First Round of Thermal Vacuum Testing

Source: Ellen Gray The Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) that will fly on the next Landsat satellite came out of its first round of thermal vacuum testing Tuesday, October 4 at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. Video: • TIRS comes out of thermal vacuum The two-month test marked the first time engineers evaluated the fully-assembled instrument […]