Matt Hansen, the co-director of South Dakota State University’s Geographic Information Science Center for Excellency, spoke with Mongabay.com about the importance of Landsat data to forest cover monitoring. The historical Landsat database together with the satellites’ regular coverage and its free data have made Landsat a vital tool for assessing forest conservation. Such assessments are growing in importance as tropical forest conservation is incentivized (e.g., the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) program).
+ “Free availability of satellite imagery has boosted deforestation monitoring
applications, but risk of data gap looms” Mongabay.com, Sept. 29 [external link] [pdf]
Webinar Recording Available: Advancing Science Capabilities with Data Harmonization & NASA’s Harmonized Landsat Sentinel-2 (HLS) Products
This webinar provides an introduction to HLS data, services, and tools and shows you how to find resources to work with the data; visualize, search for, and access the data through NASA Worldview and Earthdata Search; it also demonstrates how to use the Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS) tool to visualize HLS data to monitor fires and floods.