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Landsat Science Team Meeting - February 10-14, 2013

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Santa Ynez Marriott
Buellton, California
February 10-14, 2013


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Meeting Objectives: 

  1. Participate in the Landsat Data Continuity Mission launch activities (briefings and reviews).
  2. Finalize post-launch data evaluation plans.
  3. Review and evaluate current USGS Landsat Project activities.
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Sunday, February 10 - Pre-Launch Activities

  • Welcomes, introductions, and review of meeting goals and objectives (Tom Loveland, USGS; Jim Irons, NASA)
  • Launch perspectives (Matt Larsen, USGS; David Jarrett, NASA)
  • Comments by agency leaders (Anne Castle, DOI; Mike Freilich, NASA)
  • Team discussion with special guest Barbara Ryan, Secretariat Director, Group on Earth Observations (GEO), Geneva, Switzerland
  • Landsat Data Continuity Mission pre-launch briefing (Jim Irons, NASA)


Monday, February 11 - LDCM Launch

  • Assemble for trip to launch viewing location
  • LDCM (Landsat 8) launch and briefings
  • Return to hotel meeting site
  • Media and guest briefings and discussions


Tuesday, February 12

  • Landsat 8 post-launch update (Del Jenstrom, NASA)
  • Landsat Advisory Group report (Kass Green, LAG)
  • Science team member updates on research plans:
    • Africa’s changing land cover (Alan Belward, European Commission Joint Research Centre)
    • Ecological Applications of Landsat Data- USDA Forest Service Science and Operational Needs (Warren Cohen, USDA Forest Service)
    • SDSU OIV Activities (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)
    • Developing and Enhancing Landsat Derived Evapotranspiration and Surface Energy Products (Justin Huntington, Desert Research Institute)
    • 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)
    • Multi-sensor Landsat time series (Leo Lymburner, Geoscience Australia)
    • Post-launch calibration/validation at several scales (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)
    • Cryospheric Applications of LDCM / Landsat-8 (Ted Scambos, University of Colorado)
    • North American Land Surface Albedo and Nearshore Shallow-Bottom Properties from Landsat and MODIS/VIIRS (Crystal Schaaf and Zhongping Lee, University of Massachusetts, Boston)
    • 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)
    • Why Multispectral Matters - (Randy Wynne , Virginia Tech)
  • NASA Education and Public Outreach activities (Holli Riebeek, NASA)
  • Landsat Science Team outreach discussion on contributions to education and public outreach activities
  • Sentinel-2 update (Bianca Hoersch, ESA)
  • Landsat 5 and 7 status (Kristi Kline, USGS)
  • Landsat 5 decommissioning status (Steve Covington, USGS/Aerospace)


Wednesday, February 13

  • Landsat 8 post-launch Update (Jim Irons, NASA)
  • Landsat 9 on-orbit testing plans (Jim Irons, NASA; John Dwyer, USGS)
  • Landsat 8 LPGS data schedule plans and schedule (John Dwyer, USGS)
  • Landsat 8 data acquisition strategy (Gene Fosnight, USGS)
  • Landsat 8 data characterization
  • Cal/Val Team introductions:
    • Landsat-8 instrument overview (Phil Dabney, NASA)
    • Landsat-8 radiometry overview (Brian Markham, NASA)
    • Landsat-8 geometry overview (Jim Storey, USGS)
  • Working session on Landsat Science Team discussion on priorities and plans (Woodcock and Roy):
    • Landsat 8 instrument performance and science readiness
    • Future Landsat products
    • Planning for Landsat 9 and beyond
    • International imaging constellation opportunities
    • Special interest working group formation
  • Wrap-up discussion and identification of next steps


Thursday, February 14

  • Joint technical session with Landsat Cal/Val Team on Landsat 8 data characteristics:
    • TIRS Design and Performance Overview (Dennis Reuter, NASA)
    • OLI Design and Performance Overview (Phil Dabney, NASA)
    • OLI/Sentinel-2 Cross Calibration (Lawrence Ong, NASA)
    • Geometry Characterization and Calibration Overview and Plans (Jim Storey, USGS)
    • Radiometry Plans and Issues (Brian Markham, NASA)