November 2011

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Nov 15, 2011Capturing Landsat’s Long History

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 Read more [...]

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 [...]

Shannon Franks
Nov 9, 2011Meet Shannon Franks

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 [...]

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 [...]

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  [...]

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 Read [...]