Quotes to Note

 

“You need decades of data to say that a change in kelp is due to climate change rather than other cyclical factors, with Landsat, we have those data.”

— Luba Reshitnyk, Hakai geographer, "Mapping Kelp from Space," Hakai Institute, Dec 6, 2018

“I saw more use of Landsat as the gold standard of calibration than I’ve ever seen in the past. Most of the commercial vendors I heard from called out Landsat as the gold standard. Even the European vendors called out Landsat, which I thought was unique."

— Greg Stensaas, manager of the Requirements, Capabilities and Analysis for Earth Observation (RCA-EO) project and JACIE coordinator for EROS, EROS Headlines, Oct 5, 2018

"Landsat pays dividends not only to the prosperity of the global economy, but also to people and planet."

— Jay Neuner, GEO Observations Blog, Oct 4, 2018

"Landsat is proof-positive of the value of Earth observation data, and particularly open access to Earth observation data."

— Jay Neuner, GEO Observations Blog, Oct 3, 2018

"We cannot replace Landsat with Copernicus. In fact the programs complement each other. The world has been benefitting from Landsat data for the past 40 years now. It is really a unique and extremely valuable data source that has provided knowledge and understanding of the planet."

— Josef Aschbacher, Director of EO Programs, European Space Agency, Geospatial World, Oct 3, 2018

"I don’t think people appreciate just how revolutionary it was when the Landsat archive became available for free and really empowered researchers and advocates to have access to that data at an affordable price to be able to do the kind of mapping that's now been done, making visible what was previously invisible…”

— Frances Seymour, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, Twitter interview by Kate Fickas at 2018 ForestSAT meeting, Oct 2, 2018

"By establishing baseline knowledge of Earth’s land areas throughout the last half-century, Landsat allows scientists to evaluate environmental change over time, to better understand the drivers and impacts of change, to model and predict future changes, and to chart these changes in the form of maps."

— Jessica Espey, Thematic Research Network on Data and Statistics (TReNDS) Director, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)/TReNDS Case Study of Landsat, Sep 27, 2018

"The Landsat program—the longest-standing continuous global record of the Earth’s surface through satellite imagery—has enabled... solutions in support of people, planet, and prosperity since its launch in the 1970s."

— Jessica Espey, Thematic Research Network on Data and Statistics (TReNDS) Director, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)/TReNDS Case Study of Landsat, Sep 27, 2018

"Landsat is a powerful example of the benefits of long-term investing to build robust data systems for sustained, longitudinal monitoring of environmental, social, and economic conditions."

— Jessica Espey, Thematic Research Network on Data and Statistics (TReNDS) Director, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)/TReNDS Case Study of Landsat, Sep 27, 2018

“The first year we made Landsat open, we put out 25,000 Landsat scenes. Today, we put out millions of scenes a year.”

— Kristi Kline, USGS Landsat Project Manger, on the open Landsat data archive, SATSUMMIT 2018, "The Providers" panel; Washington, D.C., Sep 19, 2018

“Landsat provides a very good coverage of Amazonia both spatially and temporally. We have known for some time already that the Landsat images can be used to identify ecologically relevant environmental and biotic variation in Amazonian rainforests, but this is the first time we use satellite images to actually predict species distributions.”

— Hanna Tuomisto, Amazon Research Team Lead, University of Turku, Government Satellite Data and Its Role in Advancing Global Development (blog post), Sep 6, 2018

“...Landsat and Copernicus, the best two examples of government satellite programs that have positively impacted global development as result of their free and open data policy.”

— Anne Hale Miglarese, Founder & CEO of Radiant.Earth., Government Satellite Data and Its Role in Advancing Global Development (blog post), Aug 20, 2018