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Landsat Science Team Meeting - July 11-13, 2017

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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Sioux Falls, South Dakota

July 11-13, 2017


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


Meeting Objectives:

  1. Identify priorities for future Landsat measurements and technologies.
  2. Review Landsat Science Team member research and applications activities.
  3. Celebrate the contributions of the 2012-2017 Landsat Science Team.
2012-2017 Landsat Science Team

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

  • Opening Remarks (Frank Kelly, USGS; Sen. John Thune (via video); Sen. Mike Rounds (via video))
  • Introductions and Meeting Objectives (Tom Loveland, USGS; Jim Irons, NASA) 
  • USGS and NASA perspectives (Tim Newman, USGS; David Jarrett, NASA)
  • Landsat Advisory Group Status (Frank Avila) 
  • Landsat Status Updates:
    • Landsat 7 and Landsat Status (Doug Daniels) 
    • Landsat Archive, Products, Collection and LGAC Status (Brian Sauer) 
    • Landsat MSS Improvement Plans (Ron Morfitt)
    • Atmospheric Correction Parameter Calculator (Ron Morfitt, Julia Barsi) 
  • Landsat 9 Development Plans (Del Jenstrom, Jim Nelson) 
  • NASA Landsat 9 Communications (Ginger Butcher) 
  • Future Landsat Requirements and Capabilities:
    • USGS RCA-EO Landsat 10 Reporting (Greg Snyder) 
    • NASA Technology Evaluations (Sachi Babu) 
  • Discussion on Current LST Input on Priorities, Issues (David Roy, Curtis Woodcock, Chris Crawford) 


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Landsat Science Team Principal Investigator presentations

  • Joel McCorkel (NASA GSFC) - Landsat cal/val with airborne sensors 
  • Dennis Helder (SDSU) - EROS CalVal Center of Excellence
  • Eric Vermote (NASA GSFC) - A generic method for retrieval and validation of aerosol and surface reflectance over land: L8 and Sentinel 2
  • Noel Gorelick (Google) - Landsat use and users in Google Earth Engine
  • Crystal Schaaf (UMASS, Boston) - An update on the North American Landsat albedo product 
  • David Roy (SDSU) - Big data is not important unless it is processed correctly 
  • Alan Belward (EC JRC) - The Landsat program; a unique contribution to our understanding of the global commons 
  • Curtis Woodcock (Boston U) - The benefits of lots of observations 
  • Jim Hipple (USDA RMA) - Lessons Learned: Integrating Landsat Derived Field-Level Metrics into operational National Agricultural Data Warehouse 
  • Dave Johnson (USDA NASS) - Operational monitoring of US croplands with Landsat 8: Where do we stand? 
  • Feng Gao (USDA ARS) - VI datacubes for crop phenology mapping and rangeland monitoring
  • Martha Anderson (USDA ARS) - ET datacubes for water management and agricultural monitoring 
  • Rick Allen (U of Idaho) - Developing and enhancing Landsat-derived evapotranspiration and surface energy products: METRIC/EEFlux 
  • Leo Lymburner (Geoscience Australia) - Gaining new insight by placing the Landsat archive into the context of rainfall records and tidal models 
  • Patrick Hostert, Patrick Griffiths (Humboldt University of Berlin) - Landsat, LGAC,Sentinel-2: disentangling coupled human-environmental systems 
  • Mike Wulder (Canadian Forest Service) - Integrating past, present, and future of Landsat: Continuity of science, applications, monitoring, and reporting  
  • Warren Cohen (USFS) - A multispectral ensemble for forest disturbance detection using LandTrendr 
  • Randy Wynne (Virginia Tech) - Beyond finding change: multitemporal Landsat for forest monitoring and management 
  • Jim Vogelmann (USGS) - Monitoring vegetation change using time series data: challenges and opportunities 
  • Robert Kennedy (Oregon State U) - Landsat’s landscape narratives: What a yearly time series approach has told us about a changing land surface
  • John Schott (RIT) - Assessing the ability of current and future Landsat missions to monitor cyanobacteria blooms using modeled spectra matching 
  • Ted Scambos (U of Colorado) - Cryospheric applications of Landsat - review and outlook 


Landsat Science Team Co-Investigator presentations

  • Joanne White (Canadian Forest Service) - Demonstrating Landsat’s capacity to inform forest monitoring, reporting, and policy development 
  • Jordon Graesser (Boston U) - Using harmonized Landsat-Sentinel 2 time series to estimate seasonal dynamics in land surface phenology 
  • Justin Huntington (DRI) - Recent advancements in developing and using Landsat derived states and fluxes for land and water resource decision 
  • Ayse Kilic (UNL) - Using Google Earth Engine GEARUP to monitor reductions in residential areas following calibration of NAIP with Landsat SR 
  • Chunqiao Song (UCLA, for Yongwei Sheng) - Circa-2000 and Circa-2015 Global Lake Products developed from Landsats 
  • Nima Pahlevan (NASA) - Landsat-Sentinel constellation for regular monitoring of global water quality: current status & future needs 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

  • LST Conclusions on Future Landsat Capabilities, Assignments for Completing Final Report (David Roy, Curtis Woodcock)
  • AmericaView Update (Rick Lawrence)
  • NASA Multi-Source Land Imaging (MuSLI) Update (Jeff Masek)
  • Improving Landsat Geo-registration (Ron Morfitt) 
  • Global Analysis Ready Data Options (John Hutchinson) 
  • Global Landsat ARD Roadmap (Leo Lymburner, John Dwyer)  
  • Open Discussion:
    • Landsat Science and Application Priorities
    • Improving Landsat's Impacts
    • Reflections on LST Team, Lessons Learned