Pinnacle III reef in Discovery Bay
Jan 26, 2012Detecting Detrimental Change in Coral Reefs

Over dinner on R.V. Calypso while anchored on the lee side of Glover’s Reef in Belize, Jacques Cousteau told Phil Dustan that he suspected humans were having a negative impact on coral reefs.

Flooding on Mozambique's coast, Jan. 2012.
Jan 26, 2012Measuring Flood Extent in Mozambique

Jan 26, 2012 • On January 16, 2012, Mozambique’s coast was hit by the tropical depression “Dando” followed by cyclone “Funso.” With wind speeds up to 220 km/hour and torrential rains, the storms have caused severe damages and floods. This map shows the open inland water extent in the coastal areas of the provinces of […]

Fafen Upper Valley in Ethiopia
Jan 25, 2012Combating drought in the Horn of Africa

Jan 25, 2012 • UNESCO began mapping groundwater this January in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa, in order to bring the population a sustainable water supply. Drought has caused the region’s worst famine in 60 years, with 12 million people at risk of starvation. Those living in refugee camps are particularly vulnerable. Thanks to advances […]

TIRS flight instrument
Jan 19, 2012LDCM Thermal Instrument Completes Pre-Ship Testing

LDCM’s thermal instrument (TIRS) completed the last of its functional testing at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center yesterday. For the next two weeks the instrument will go through a series of closing inspections before being shipped to the LDCM spacecraft contractor, Orbital Sciences, Corp. A Pre-Ship Review will be held on Monday, February 6th. And […]

Major fire and flooding activity during summer 2011 map
Jan 18, 2012Monitoring Floods and Fires in Summer 2011

Source: Linda Jonescheit, USGS The summer of 2011 proved to be a season of extreme events. Heavy snowfall in the western mountains and excessive spring rains caused flooding along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers; whereas extended dry conditions enabled fires to rage out of control from Alaska and Canada, south to Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Georgia, […]

Jan 17, 2012Contingency Plans for Landsat 5 & 7

Source: Randy Showstack, Eos Transactions AGU With the Landsat 5 Earth observation satellite failing due to a rapidly degrading electronic component, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is exploring ways to alleviate a data gap if both Landsat 5 and 7 fail prior to the planned launch of Landsat 8—known as the Landsat Data Continuity Mission—in 2013. […]

Gavin Schmidt
Jan 17, 2012Gavin Schmidt EarthSky Science Communicator of the Year

EarthSky, a radio program that brings current science ideas, strategies, and research results to people worldwide, has announced the selection of Dr. Gavin A. Schmidt as the 2011 EarthSky Science Communicator of the Year. Schmidt was voted for this honor overwhelmingly by EarthSky’s Global Science Advisor committee made up of over a thousand participants. Schmidt […]

Dr. Frank P. Kelly
Jan 11, 2012USGS EROS Welcomes New Director

Source: Jan Nelson, USGS The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, Sioux Falls, S.D., announces the selection of Dr. Frank P. Kelly to serve as the Center Director and USGS Space Policy Advisor. “Our EROS Center is home to the Landsat program, which annually distributes millions of satellite images of Earth’s […]

Landsat 1 with data
Jan 10, 2012Upcoming Public Lecture: Landsat’s Role in Tracking Forty Years of Global Changes

On Wednesday, February 1, 2012, Dr. Tom Loveland will give a public lecture titled “The View from Space: Landsat’s Role in Tracking Forty Years of Global Changes” at the U.S. Geological Survey headquarters in Reston, Virginia. For nearly 40 years, Landsat and other Earth observing satellites have been silently orbiting the globe collecting high quality […]

band-average relative spectral response curves
Jan 3, 2012Preliminary Spectral Response of the Operational Land Imager

The Landsat Data Continuity Missions’s (LDCM’s) fully assembled Operational Land Imager (OLI) instrument was tested under thermal vacuum conditions by the instrument vendor, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. During testing the band-average relative spectral radiance responses of the OLI were measured. The relative spectral response curves are shown in Image 1. To perform the spectral […]