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Archive for March, 2016

WELD data product; Collyer, Kansas
Mar 31, 2016WELD View: Using the Big Picture to See the Finer Details

A first of its kind, the WELD data products were designed with the purpose of providing scienctific quality Landat data consistent in both temporal resolution and quality at a continental scale with limited clouds. WELD products are available at no charge.



forest and fungi
Mar 31, 2016Landsat Uncovers Underground Forest Fungi

A NASA-led team of scientists has developed the first-ever method for detecting the presence of different types of underground forest fungi from space, information that may help researchers predict how climate change will alter forest habitats.



20 Landsat Images Provided to International Charter, March 2016
Mar 31, 201620 Landsat Images Provided to International Charter, March 2016

The Charter concept is this: a single phone number is made available to authorized parties providing 24/7 contact to a person who can activate the charter.



diagram about social benefits of data
Mar 29, 2016Thinking on the Socioeconomic Impacts of Data Democracy

If the impact that data democracy and the knowledge commons has on society is of interest to you, you’ll be interested to know that USGS has published an Open Report of the Workshop on Assessing the Impact and Value of Open Geospatial Information.



EAA4 brochure cover
Mar 29, 2016Earth as Art 4: A Fusion of Science and Art

At first glance, science and art might seem like an unlikely pairing. Yet throughout history, the intersection of these two fields has often resulted in science-based works of sublime beauty.



2016 William T. Pecora Award Announcement
Mar 28, 20162016 William T. Pecora Award Announcement

The William T. Pecora Award is presented annually to individuals or groups that have made outstanding contributions toward understanding the Earth by means of remote sensing. The Department of the Interior (DOI) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) jointly sponsor the award.



Latest USGS Landsat Update
Mar 25, 2016Latest USGS Landsat Update

The latest Landsat Update (Volume 10 Issue 2 2016) is now available from USGS.



wetlands in winter
Mar 16, 2016New Technique Tracks ‘Heartbeat’ of Hundreds of Wetlands

Across the U.S. and particularly in Washington state, very little is known about the acreage, yearly flooding cycles and even the actual locations of wetlands. Even hazier is what could happen to these vital ecosystems under climate change.



Sentinel-2A
Mar 15, 2016USGS Partners with European Space Agency to Deliver Copernicus Earth Data

USGS and ESA have established an innovative partnership to enable USGS storage and redistribution of Earth observation data acquired by Copernicus program satellites.



Sample RSR plot
Mar 11, 2016Spectral Response of the Multispectral Scanner System
In-Band, Band-Average Relative Spectral Response

< The Multispectral Scanner System   The band-average relative spectral radiance responses of the Landsat-1 through -5 Multispectral Scanner System (MSS) instruments are provided below as extracted from the best reproductions of the original data available. The original measurement data has been lost to history and the only remaining source of the relative spectral responses (RSR) are plots embedded in contractor reports. There were many challenges to recovering the RSR data: the quality of the copies is not particularly good, and plots are relatively small and without many grid lines to aid in digitizing (Figure 1). Still, the effort was... Read More