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Landsat Science Team Meeting - July 22-24, 2014

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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U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station

Corvallis, Oregon

July 22-24, 2014


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


Meeting Objectives:

  1. Review Landsat 7-8 and sustainable land imaging status
  2. Develop concepts and specific actions for making the Landsat archive more science-relevant, and identify Landsat science products that expand the science and applications
  3. Develop plans to publish Landsat 8 evaluations and applications results (e.g., an RSE special issue)
Landsat Science Team - July 2014

Tuesday, July 22

  • Welcome, introductions, review of meeting goals and objectives (Cohen, Loveland, and Irons)
  • NASA and USGS HQ reports (Ryker; Jarrett, Doorn, and Gutman via Webex)
  • Landsat 8 Data Quality (Markham)
  • Landsat 7-8, Landsat Archive, and LGAC status (Sauer)
  • Landsat Science Product Status and Plans including Landsat 8 L1T and QA status and planned changes (Dwyer)
  • Sustaining Land Imaging discussion (Newman, Group)
  • NASA Sentinel-2 Landsat collaboration (Masek and Dwyer)
  • Sentinel-2 update (Koetz)
  • USGS study on the value and uses of Landsat (Miller and Serbina)
  • DOI Landsat Advisory Group report (Green)
  • AmericaView activities (Lawrence)


Wednesday, July 23

  • Oregon State University remote sensing activities (Cohen and colleagues)
  • Landsat Science Team Voluntary Presentations:
    • Martha Anderson - Landsat/MODIS/GOES ET Data Fusion: Daily Water Use at Field Scale
    • Dave Johnson - Landsat Goings-On at the National Agriculture Statistics Service
    • John Schott - Atmospheric Compensation for a Landsat Land Surface Temperature Product
    • Crystal Schaff - North American Land Surface Albedo and Nearshore Shallow-Bottom Properties from Landsat and MODIS/VIIRS
    • Valerie Thomas/Randy Wynne - Landsat 8 Research
    • Joel McCorkel - Landsat 8 OLI, NEON, UAz RadCaTS, RSP intercomparisons
    • Curtis Woodcock - Analysis of Landsat 8 OLI, Landsat 7 ETM+, OLI Required, ETM+ Simulated and OLI Compressed using Variograms
    • Ted Scambos - Cryospheric Applications of Landsat-8
    • David Roy - Landsat 8 WELD compositing – a CONUS one year analysis
    • Eric Vermote - LDCM Surface reflectance product status
    • Mike Wulder - Reconstruction of the history of Canada’s forests using Landsat time series: A status report
    • Alan Belward - Surface water monitoring at 30 m resolution; prototyping new Copernicus Global Land Service products
    • Yongwei Sheng - Global Lake Mapping: an Update
  • Landsat Science Team Discussion on Future Landsat Processing and Products:
    • Presentation on MODIS Land products and their generation – this is to refresh the teams thinking
    • Identify Landsat products that will expand the science and applications of Landsat data and that are feasible for systematic derivation from the Landsat archive (Landsat 1-8), including climate data records and near real time applications products
    • Develop a consensus Landsat product breakout group discussion template and identify product breakout leads and note takers
  • Product breakouts – lower level product focus

Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Product breakouts - higher level product focus
  • Landsat product report backs
  • Discussion of Landsat product priorities and what is a feasible model for achieving product success (considering the constraints facing the USGS)
  • Wrap up discussion on Landsat products and processing  Additional open discussion topics may include:
    • Landsat as a climate data record will require significant advances in calibration and processing.  What does a Landsat climate data record look like and what needs to be done to get there (current issues, possible solutions)?
    • What should the next generation Landsat multi-spectral products look like and what are their general specifications (beyond L1T)? What level of user customization is appropriate?
    • What is a feasible model for achieving success (considering the real constraints facing the USGS)?
  • Discussion of the expected relationship between Landsat and Sentinal-2 science products
  • Develop plans to publish Landsat 8 evaluations and applications results (e.g., an RSE special issue)