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Landsat Science Team Meeting - January 12-14, 2016

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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Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia

January 12-14, 2016


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


Meeting Objectives:

  1. Understand what the priorities and approaches are to improve the global Landsat/moderate resolution record
  2. Review the status of Landsat 7-8 and the Landsat archive
  3. Review Virginia Tech remote sensing activities

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

  • Introductions and Meeting Objectives (Tom Loveland, Jim Irons, Randy Wynne)
  • USGS and NASA HQ Perspectives (Virginia Burkett, Tim Newman, David Jarrett)
  • Landsat Product Improvements, Collection Concepts
    • Status of Product Improvement Plans/Collection Concepts (Brian Sauer)
    • Landsat Land Surface Temperature: Global validation (John Schott)
  • Landsat Surface Reflectance: Improving Consistency
    • The case for improving consistency of surface reflectance (Curtis Woodcock)
    • Current status of Landsat 8 surface reflectance algorithm (Belen Franch for Eric Vermote)
    • LST member presentations on Landsat SR strengths, weaknesses
      • Landsat/MODIS fusion for ET modeling (Feng Gao)
      • USGS surface reflectance product status (John Dwyer)
  • Landsat Analysis Ready Data
    • The case for analysis ready data (Curtis Woodcock)
    • WELD experiences (David Roy)
    • USGS definitions, plans (John Dwyer, Brian Sauer)
    • Moving toward land change products (Mike Wulder)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Sentinel-2 and Landsat
    • ESA review of Sentinel-2 status: acquisitions, products, access (Bianca  Hoersch)
    • Setinel-2 Data Quality Activities Status (Ferran Gascon)
    • NASA experiences in Sentinel-2 evaluations (Jeff Masek)
    • Prototyping a Landsat 8 Sentinel-2 global burned area product (David Roy)
    • Sentinel-2 On-Orbit Geometric Analysis and Harmonization Plans (Jim Storey)
    • Sentinel-2 On-Orbit Radiometry Analysis and Observations (Brian Markham)
    • Landsat 8 Albedo Processing Applied to Sentinel-2A (Crystal Schaaf)
    • USGS Sentinel-2 access plans (John Dwyer)
  • Introduction of Jennifer Gimbel, Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, Department of the Interior
  • USGS/NASA 2012-2017 Landsat Science Team Member Introductions (1 slide intros)
  • Landsat 9 Status (Del Jenstrom, Jim Nelson)
  • Sustainable Land Imaging and Landsat 10 (David Jarrett, Tim Newman, others)
  • Landsat Status Summary (Landsat 7-8, Acquisition Topics, Archive, LGAC) (Brian Sauer)
  • Landsat 7 and 8 Long Term Acquisition Plan (Gene Fosnight)

Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • Virginia Tech Remote Sensing Activities (Randy Wynne and team)
  • Landsat MSS: Using the Full Landsat Record
    • The case for improving the MSS record (Warren Cohen)
    • LST member MSS presentations (Dennis Helder, others TBD)
    • USGS MSS development activities (Ron Morfitt)
    • MSS Orthorectification (Yongwei Sheng)
    • Plea for MSS Data: A boreal forest perspective (Doug Bolton)
  • Discussion of Landsat and Moderate Resolution Priorities
  • Landsat 8 TIRS Status
    • Stray Light Corrections (Matt Montanaro and Adam Gerace)
    • Landsat 8 TIRS Side-B Encoder (Jim Storey)
  • Wrap-up discussion