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Landsat Science Team Meeting - August 8-10, 2018

Landsat Science Teams consist of USGS and NASA scientists and engineers, external scientists, engineers, and application specialists, representing industry and university research initiatives. The Science Teams are tasked with providing scientific and technical evaluations to the USGS and NASA to help ensure the continued success of the Landsat program. 

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University of Colorado-Boulder

Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)

Boulder, Colorado

August 8-10, 2018


Presentations from this meeting can be searched on the Landsat Science Team Meeting Presentations webpage. 


Meeting Objectives:

  1. Review and discuss Landsat data policy.
  2. Update the Landsat Science Team on key Landsat activities.
  3. Learn about ongoing 2018-2023 LST member science and application contributions.
  4. Visit Ball Aerospace to observe Landsat 9 Operational Land Imager-2 (OLI-2) development.
Landsat Science Team - Summer 2018

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

  • Opening Remarks: Waleed Abdalati, Ted Scambos
  • Introductions and meeting objectives: Chris Crawford, Jeff Masek  
  • USGS and NASA management perspectives: Tim Newman, Eric Ianson  
  • USGS Architecture Study Team Briefing: Tim Newman, Doug Daniels
  • Landsat Advisory Group (LAG) Update: Frank Avila
  • LST Discussion Topic 1 – Landsat data policy: Curtis Woodcock, David Roy

Landsat Science Team Presentations:

  • Dr. Eric Vermote, NASA/GSFC: Maintenance and refinement of the Land Surface Reflectance Code (LaSRC) for Landsat’s and Sentinel 2’s
  • Dr. Justin Huntington, Desert Research Institute: Supporting water and land management through the combined use of Landsat, climate data, and hydrologic models
  • Dr. Martha Anderson, USDA Agricultural Service: Use of Landsat data in realtime irrigation management, and ECOSTRESS update
  • Mr. David Johnson, USDA Agricultural Statistics Service: On using the Landsat archive to map crop cover history across the United States
  • Dr. Feng Gao, USDA Agricultural Service: Values of high temporal and spatial resolution data for crop yield assessment over U.S. Corn Belt using Landsat, Sentinel-2 and MODIS
  • Dr. Volker Radeloff, University of Wisconsin: Topographic correction of Landsat imagery in the Caucasus Mountains
  • Dr. Leo Lymburner, Geoscience Australia: Mapping the mangroves and intertidal zones of the Australian coast
  • Dr. Curtis Woodcock, Boston University: Time series, time series and more time series
  • Dr. Matt Hansen, University of Maryland: Large area land monitoring enabled by freely available, long-term global acquisitions of Landsat imagery
  • Dr. Sean Healey, US Forest Service: Landsat as the wall-to-wall phase of a hierarchical global forest monitoring system
  • Dr. Mike Wulder, Canadian Forest Service: Quantifying forest recovery: Spectral and structural insights from time series Landsat and lidar
  • Dr. David Frantz for Dr. Patrick Hostert, Humboldt University of Berlin: Land Use 2.0: the role of dense time series and phenometrics
  • Dr. Zhe Zhu, Texas Tech University: Making Landsat time series consistent for monitoring land change
  • Mr. Noel Gorelick, Google: Driving cloud-based usage of Landsat


Thursday, August 9, 2018

  • NASA and USGS Landsat outreach and communications overview: Ginger Butcher, Chris Barnes
  • Landsat 9 development status: Del Jenstrom, Brian Sauer
  • Landsat Status Updates:
    • Landsat Operations Status: Doug Daniels
    • Landsat Collections and Products Status: Chris Engebretson
    • Landsat Global Archive Consolidation (LGAC) Status: Steve Labahn
  • LST Discussion Topic 2 – Recap of Landsat Data Products and Collection 2 / Deliberation on ice sheet data processing: Curtis Woodcock, David Roy,Ted Scambos

Landsat Science Team Presentations:

  • Dr. Ted Scambos, University of Colorado-Boulder: The Power of Free: Time-series Landsat 8 applications to ice sheets, glaciers, and snow
  • Dr. Alexei Lyapustin, NASA/GSFC: MAIAC algorithm development for L8/S2 processing: first results
  • Angela Erb for Dr. Crystal Schaaf, University of Massachusetts, Boston: Landsat albedo of higher latitudes
  • Dr. Nima Pahlevan, SSAI/GSFC: Global long-term aquatic studies with Landsat archive
  • Dr. Peter Strobl, European Commission’s Joint Research Centre: Aspects of interoperability on distributed data platforms
  • Dr. David Roy, South Dakota State University: Land surface monitoring at long and short time scales

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. visit and tour


Friday, August 10, 2018

  • Landsat cal/val, ECCOE, and Science Interface Panel (SIP) Updates (USGS): Dennis Helder
  • Landsat cal/val updates (NASA): Brian Markham
  • Landsat Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) cal/val activities: Aaron Gerace
  • ESA and Sentinel Program Briefing: Benjamin Koetz
  • External activities: Copernicus/Sentinel-2, NASA Multisource Land Imaging (MuSLI) program overview: Jeff Masek
  • LST Discussion Topic 3 – LST/MuSLI synergy and joint meeting objectives: Curtis Woodcock, David Roy,  Jeff Masek, Chris Crawford
  • LST Discussion Topic 4 – Landsat’s future and the role of commercial data / Revisit 2018-2023 LST Priorities: Curtis Woodcock, David Roy
  • LST Discussion Topic 5 – Meeting wrap-up  (revisit topics, items missed, closing thoughts): Curtis Woodcock, David Roy