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Landsat Science Team Meeting - July 15-17, 2008

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U.S. Geological Survey Headquarters
Reston, Virginia
July 15-17, 2008


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Tuesday, July 15

Landsat Data Continuity Mission Progress

  • LDCM overall status (Bill Ochs, NASA)
  • OLI briefing (Ed Knight and others, Ball Aerospace)
  • LDCM ground system status (John Dwyer, USGS)
  • Mission schedule and capabilities (Ed Grigsby, NASA)

Other Landsat Related Reports

  • Landsat 5 and 7 status and planning for web access (Kristi Kline, USGS)
  • Cloud detection and other image Processing Issues (Pat Scaramuzza, SGT/USGS EROS)
  • Status of global Landsat archive planning (Steve Covington, Aerospace/USGS and Steve Labahn, USGS)
  • GLS 2005 status and GLS 2010 Planning (Jeff Masek, NASA and John Dwyer, USGS)
  • CEOS Constellation for Land Surface Imaging and GLS 2010 (Bryan Bailey, USGS)
  • Outreach update (Anita Davis, NASA)
  • USGS Landsat user’s survey and cost-benefit study (Richard Bernknopf, Natalie Sexton and Holly Stinchfield, USGS)


Wednesday, July 16 

Science Team Members Presentations

  • Monitoring trends in forest condition in the western United States using Landsat time series data (Jim Vogelmann, ASRC Research and Technology Solutions/USGS EROS)
  • Update on tropical forest monitoring with Landsat image mosaics (Eileen Helmer, U.S. Forest Service)
  • The promise of an open Landsat archive: A new era for landscape monitoring and management? (Robert Kennedy, Oregon State University)
  • Benefits of the new Landsat data access policy (Alan Belward, European Commission Joint Research Centre)
  • Interannual, multitemporal applications of Landsat to forest ecosystem monitoring and management (Randy Wynne, Virginia Tech)
  • Monitoring forest change with Landsat and early rumblings on cirrus Clouds (Curtis Woodcock, Boston University)
  • Synergistic use of EOS/MODIS and Landsat/TM for mapping global forest carbon fluxes (Rama Nemani, NASA)
  • Cloud Contamination in Landsat Imagery: Current and Future Possible Solutions (Sam Goward, University of Maryland)
  • Advancing ice sheet research with the next generation Landsat sensor (Robert Bindschadler, NASA)
  • Water resource assessment with LDCM (John Schott, Rochester Institute of Technology)
  • Mapping drought and evapotranspiration at high resolution using Landsat/GOES thermal imagery (Martha Anderson, USDA Agricultural Research Service)
  • Peace in the water rights world through Landsat thermal data (Tony Morse, Idaho Department of Water Resources)
  • Developing ideal spectral signatures of irrigated areas for use in spectral matching techniques and decision trees (Prasad Thenkabail, International Water Management Institute
  • Developing consistent moderate resolution data products from Landsat and Landsat-like data (Feng Gao, ERT, Inc./NASA)
  • A surface reflectance standard product from LDCM and supporting activities (Chris Justice, University of Maryland)
  • Cloud detection challenges in LDCM (Lazaros Oreopoulos, University of Maryland Baltimore County/NASA)
  • Long term radiometric calibration: can we extend consistent calibration parameters from Landsats 7 & 5 back through Landsats 1-4 MSS? (David Aaron, South Dakota State University)


Thursday, July 17

  • USGS Outreach update (Ron Beck ,USGS)
  • Planning for Landsat 9 (Tim Newman, USGS)
  • Review of selected Landsat science drivers (Tom Loveland, (USGS)
  • Landsat end-of-mission criteria discussion (Tom Loveland. USGS)

Technical discussion on gap filling approaches (Curtis Woodcock , Boston University)

Planning for winter 2009 Landsat Science Team Meeting:  Tenatively scheduled Jan 6-8, 2009 in Fort Collins, CO.