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Landsat Science Team Meeting - June 12-14, 2007

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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Oregon State University

Corvallis, Oregon

June 12-14, 2007


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

Landsat Science Team Meeting June 2007











Tuesday, June 12

Introductions and Review of Meeting Objectives (Curtis Woodcock, Boston University; Tom Loveland, USGS, and Jim Irons, NASA)

Update on Team Logistics e.g., Data, Funds, etc., (Tom Loveland, USGS)

Landsat Data Continuity Mission Progress

  • NASA LDCM Activities and Status Update (Bill Ochs, NASA)
  • USGS LDCM Activities and Status Update (Mike Headley, USGS)
  • Landsat 5-7 Status, Web-Enabled Product Plans (Kristi Kline, USGS)

Other Landsat Related Reports

  • Mid-Decadal Global Land Survey Status (Jeff Masek, NASA)
  • Landsat Data Gap Study Update (Ray Byrnes, USGS)
  • Future of Land Imaging / National Land Imaging Program Status and Discussion (Ray Byrnes, USGS; Ed Grigsby, NASA)

Science Team Members Presentations

  • Operational Evapotranspiration Algorithms for LDCM (Rick Allen, University of Idaho)
  • Biophusical products from Landsat (Jennifer Dungan, NASA)
  • Developing a consistant Landsat data set from MSS, TM/ETM+, and international data Sources for land cover change detection (Feng Gao, ERT)
  • Landsat H (8) Long-term acquisition plan (Sam Goward, UMD)
  • A systemic radiometric calibration approach for LDCM and the Landsat archive (Helder, SDSU)
  • Tropical forest monitoring with cloud-free image mosaics II (Eileen Helmer, USDA)
  • A surface reflectance standard product from LDCM and supporting activities (Eric Vermote, UMD) 
  • Mapping drought and evapotranspiration at high resolution using Landsat / GOES thermal imagery (Martha Anderson, USDA)
  • Progress report on Cloud detection and avoidance for LDCM (Lazaros Oreopoulos, JCET-UMBC)
  • An increased potential to contribute to great lakes water resource assessment (John Schott, RIT) 
  • Global Irrigated Area Mapping (GIAM). A brief discussion of advances and issues (Prasad Thenkabail, IWMI)  
  • Monitoring forest and rangeland change using Landsat Continuity and alternative sources of satellite data (Jim Vogelmann, SAIC)
  • Data recommendations from the LCLUC Science Team (Woodcock, BU)  
  • Landsat imagery to information (Mike Wulder, CFS)
  • Forestry applications of remote sensing for LDCM: Focus on the Southeast (Randy Wynne, Virginia Tech)
  • Landsat and Vegetation Change: Towards 50 Years of Observation and Characterization (Warren Cohen)
  • Role of North America Forest Disturbance and Regrowth In The NACP: Integrated Analyses Of Landsat and US Forest Service FIA Data (Warren Cohen)


Wednesday, June 13

LDCM Ground Systems Requirements Discussion (Doug Daniels, Aerospace Corp, USGS EROS, Jim Nelson, SAIC, USGS EROS)

USGS Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Data Product Considerations (John Dwyer, SAIC, USGS EROS)

USFS Remote Sensing Research Activities (Warren Cohen and Colleagues, USFS)

  • Quantifying Impervious Surface Change in Western Washington with Landsat Time Series Data 
  • Disturbance and Regrowth In Biophysical Terms
  • Landsat-based monitoring protocols for national parks
  • Sampling for national-level estimates of trends in forest disturbance and regrowth
  • Trajectory-based change detection in forests: Tapping the latent information of the TM/ETM+ archive
  • Mapping Pinyon and Juniper Mortality in the Colorado Plateau using Landsat Imagery
  • NELDA (Northern Eurasia Landcover Dynamics Analysis)
  • Estimating Forest Height & Biomass using the Geoscience Laser Altimeter System (GLAS)
  • Quantifying the Carbon Balance of a Heterogeneous Region in the Western US
  • LEDAPS and NAFD Validation Western United States
  • Trajectory Applications with Landsat
  • NPS Inventory & Monitoring with Landsat: NCPN & SCPN

NASA and USGS LDCM Education and Public Outreach Activities (Ron Beck USGS)

  • Landsat Program Communications
  • Landsat Education and Public Outreach (EPO) (Anita Davis and Laura Rocchio, NASA)


Thursday, June 14

USGS Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) User Portal, Data Delivery and Map Services (John Dwyer, SAIC, USGS EROS)

Mission Operations (Sam Goward, University of Maryland)

What are the key operations issues affecting the acquisition strategy, such as the role of international cooperators, impacts of off–nadir acquisition, LTAP, etc.?

International Cooperator Historical Holdings (John Schott, Rochester Institute of Technology)

What is the possibility for expanding the NRLSDA archive with Landsat data from international cooperator holdings?

Future of Land Imaging (Curtis Woodcock, Boston University)

Working Group Breakout Sessions

  • Mission Operations (Darrel Williams, NASA)
  • Products (Warren Cohen, USFS)
  • Instrument Engineering (Dennis Helder, South Dakota State University) 
  • Working Group Reports and Issues Identification

Future Meeting Planning

  • August 2007 - Systems Requirements Review
  • January 2008 - Winter meeting at USGS EROS
  • Summer 2007 - Summer meeting (TBD)