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Landsat Science Team Meeting - December 12-13, 2012

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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Stuart Udall Department of the Interior Building, Room 1352

Washington, DC

December 12-13, 2012


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


Wednesday, December 12

  • Welcome Statements from Anne Castle, DOI; Matt Larsen, USGS; Sarah Ryker, USGS; Frank Kelly, USGS; Jim Irons, NASA
  • Landsat Science Team Objectives, Roles, and Responsibilities (Tom Loveland, USGS and Jim Irons, NASA)
  • Landsat Science Team Members Presentations: Research Objectives and Tentative Plans
    • Developing and enhancing Landsat derived Evapotranspiration and surface energy products (Richard Allen, University of Idaho)
    • Developing and enhancing Landsat derived Evapotranspiration and surface energy products (Ayse Kilic, University of Nebraska)
    • Mapping Phenology, Water Use and Drought at Field Scales (Martha Anderson, Feng Gao, USDA Agricultural Research Service)
    • Seeking Balance in the Land-use Marketplace (Alan Belward, European Commission Joint Research Centre)
    • Ecological Applications of Landsat Data - USDA Forest Service Science and Operational Needs (Warren Cohen, USDA Forest Service)
    • Landsat data continuity: advanced radiometric characterization and product development (Dennis Helder, South Dakota State University)
    • Integrating Field-Level Biophysical Metrics Derived from Landsat Science Products into a National Agricultural Data Warehouse (James Hipple, USDA Risk Management Agency)
    • Synergies between future Landsat and European satellite missions for better understanding coupled human-environment systems (Patrick Hostert, Humboldt University of Berlin)
    • Operational Monitoring of US Croplands with Landsat 8 (David Johnson, USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service)
    • Using time-series approaches to improve Landsat’s characterization of landscape dynamics (Robert Kennedy, Boston University)
    • Integrating Landsat 5 and Landsat 7 to create Landsat time series (Leo Lymburner, Geoscience Australia)
    • Absolute radiometric and climate variable inter-calibration of Earth-observing sensors (Joel McCorkel, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)
    • Continuity of the Web Enabled Landsat Data (WELD) Product Record in the LDCM Era (David Roy, South Dakota State University)
    • North American Land Surface Albedo and Nearshore Shallow-Bottom Properties from Landsat and MODIS/VIIRS (Crystal Schaaf and Zhongping Lee, University of Massachusetts, Boston)
    • Cryospheric Applications of LDCM / Landsat-8 (Ted Scambos, University of Colorado)
    • Land/Water-Sat: Landsat's New Potential to Monitor Case 2 Waters (John Schott, Rochester Institute of Technology)
    • Developing decadal high-resolution global lake products from LDCM and Landsat archive (Yongwei Sheng, University of California, Los Angeles)
    • Development of the surface reflectance Fundamental Climate Data Record from the Landsat archive, the LDCM mission and future Landsats (Eric Vermote, Christopher Justice, University of Maryland)
    • Ecological Disturbance Monitoring Using Landsat Time Series Data (Jim Vogelmann, U.S. Geological Survey)
    • Better Use of the Landsat Temporal Domain: Monitoring Land Cover Type, Condition and Change (Curtis Woodcock, Boston University)
    • Integrating the past, present, and future of Landsat: Continuity of science, applications, monitoring, and reporting (Mike Wulder, Canadian Forest Service)
    • Making Multitemporal Work (Randy Wynne, Virginia Tech)
  • Status of Landsat 5 and 7 (Kristi Kline, USGS)
  • NASA Land Cover and Land Use Change Activities (Garik Gutman, NASA)
  • Opportunities for Merging Landsat and Sentinel-2 Data Streams (Jeff Masek, NASA)


Thursday, December 13

  • Administrative Discussion for R&D Contract Holders - Academic Landsat Science Team Members (Karen Zanter, USGS)
  • Landsat Data Continuity Mission Capabilities and Status:
    • Mission Overview, Space Segment Elements (Del Jenstrom, NASA)
    • Ground System Elements (John Dwyer, USGS)
  • Higher Level Landsat Archive and LDCM Products (John Dwyer, USGS)
  • Landsat Science Team Organization and Leadership Discussion (LST Members)
  • Plans for Future Landsat Science Team Meetings (All)