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Landsat Science Team Meeting - February 3-5, 2015

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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NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Greenbelt, Maryland

February 3-5, 2015


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


Meeting objectives:

  1. Review and discuss Landsat 7-8 and sustaining land imaging status and issues
  2. Continue discussion on concepts and specific actions for making the Landsat archive and Landsat products more science-relevant
Landsat Science Team - February 2015

Tuesday, February 3

  • Introductions (Irons and Loveland)
  • NASA and USGS HQ reports (Doorn, Newman, Ryker)
    • Status of sustained land imaging formulation
    • Decadal Survey
  • Landsat Advisory Group report (Green)
  • Landsat Mission Status (Thayer)
  • Landsat 7 and 8 operations and archive status (Sauer)
  • Landsat 7-8 acquisition improvements (Fosnight)
  • Landsat 8 TIRS instrument status:
    • TIRS Stray light issues (Morfitt, Markham, Reuter)
    • TIRS Stray light Optics and Testing (Reuter)
    • TIRS SSM Encoder Anomaly (Lacasse)
    • USGS plans for resuming TIRS acquisitions and L1T processing (Morfitt)
  • Team discussion of impacts of TIRS technical issues


Wednesday, February 4

  • Review and discussion of planned Landsat product updates (Sauer and others)
    • QA bands, including cloud product improvement
    • Solar illumination/sensor view angle data
    • Top-of-atmosphere reflectance
    • Surface reflectance and temperature
    • Metadata improvements
    • Ground control library improvements
    • Product format changes
    • Others (TBD)
  • Landsat Level-2 Product Status (Dwyer)
  • NASA and USGS plans for Sentinel-2 activities:
    • Sentinel-2 Data (Markham)
    • USGS Sentinel-2 Status (Dwyer)
  • Landsat 7 end-of-life discussion (Thayer and Covington)
  • Update on calibration topics (Helder)
  • Priorities for Landsat MSS improvements (Cohen and Braaten)

Thursday, February 5

  • NASA program reports
    • Land Cover/Land Use Change (LCLUC) Program (Gutman or designate)
    • Terrestrial Ecosystems Carbon Cycle Land use/ Land Cover Change & Biodiversity (TECLUB) (Masek)
  • Future imaging technology discussion (Dabney and Masek)
  • USGS EROS Architecture Study Team scope and activities (Nelson)
  • Open floor for Landsat Science Team topics
  • Discussion on the status of the Landsat 8 Remote Sensing of Environment special issue (Loveland and Irons)
  • Plans for next meeting and meeting wrap-up