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November 14, 2011
Jon Campbell 571-230-6831 joncampbell@usgs.gov
Rani Gran 301-286-2483 Rani.C.Gran@nasa.gov

Media Advisory: How Will We Sustain a More Populated Planet?

Tracking trends in forests, water, and agriculture - key resources needed by 7 billion people


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Expanding demand from a growing world population — now numbered at over 7 billion — exerts unprecedented pressure on global resources, especially forests, water, and agriculture. Observing our world by remote sensing satellites enables scientists around the world to detect the most critical trends in natural resource conditions at local to global scales. Since 1972, the Landsat Earth observation satellites have monitored changes at the Earth-s land surface, including changes in forests, water bodies and agricultural and urban areas. 

Using the nearly 40 year global Landsat record in combination with other Earth observation systems and the latest scientific techniques in Earth imaging, experts in mapping and monitoring our planet will describe present conditions and outline the future of many of Earth's natural resources

Who: Experts on mapping and monitoring the globe by Earth observation from space:
Alan Belward, European Commission Joint Research Centre
Matthew Hansen, University of Maryland, College Park
James Irons, NASA Goddard
Curtis Woodcock, Boston University
Thomas Loveland, U.S. Geological Survey, moderator

Where: 18th William T. Pecora Memorial Remote Sensing Symposium
Hilton Washington Dulles Hotel, Potomac Ballroom
Herndon, VA

When: November 16, Wednesday
Noon

Call-in info: US Reporters 888-469-0941
Outside US 415-228-3913
Pass code: Landsat
 

Video of the press briefing will be streamed live online.


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