Quotes to Note

 

"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

"The Landsat program is one of the world’s greatest open data success stories. Landsat satellites have been orbiting the earth for decades, creating an irreplaceable archive for studying questions ranging from the retreat of the Aral Sea to water quality in Iowa."

— Tom Lee, Policy Lead for MapBox, Remote Sensing, Aug 9, 2018

“That’s the beauty of Landsat—it allows us to quantify these spatial patterns that are of high interest to water managers.”

— Dr. Mark Broich, geospatial researcher at the University of New South Wales, Rain Showers, Flowers, and Floods—Understanding How Vegetation Responds to Flooding and Drought in Australia’s Breadbasket, May 29, 2018

"Another landmark program within USGS is called Landsat... USGS made a decision...to be able to open up that data, make it free, and the scientific discoveries, the articles, the access, the utility of that data just went absolutely through the roof. So it's been a really wonderful story about how opening up scientific data allows more discovery, gets people more excited... We really do try to put our data out there in a way that it is usable by the most amount of people as possible."

— Mike Tischler, Director of USGS National Geospatial Program, Smart Government, Safe Communities podcast, May 15, 2018

"It is a game changer for people who want to know the impact of a management action on particular piece of land, or how a dam affected the downstream area."

— Dr. Virginia Burkett, Chief Scientist, Climate and Land Use Change (CLU), USGS, describing the new Landsat Analysis Ready Data, USGS encourages citizen participation, data sharing mechanisms, <em>Geospatial World</em>, May 11, 2018

"The Landsat archive and other remote sensing systems provide the means to map and measure disturbance rates of the last 40 years."

— Jeff Masek, Landsat 9 Project Scientist, Watching A Quarter Century of North American Forest Dynamics with Landsat, Apr 27, 2018

“The water resources communities all through the United States, especially in the irrigated areas, are very appreciative that NASA put the thermal imager on Landsat 8 and that future Landsats are guaranteed to include a thermal imager.”

— Dr. Rick Allen, water resources engineering professor at University of Idaho, Landsat Imagery Sheds Light on Agricultural Water Use, Apr 23, 2018

“I really believe that Landsat data made a change in how we perceive global change. All of the things we have done so far would not have been possible without the unique Landsat dataset”

— Dr. Patrick Hostert, Geomatics Lab, Humboldt University, USGS Video: Landsat in Action—Studying Phenology with Patrick Hostert, Apr 18, 2018