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Landsat Science Team Meeting - October 29 – 31, 2013

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

October 29 – 31, 2013


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


Meeting Objectives:

  1. Review the status of Landsat Science Team Landsat 8 investigations
  2. Establish plans for improving Landsat science products
  3. Discuss the status and requirements for a sustainable land imaging program.
Landsat Science Team - October 2013

Tuesday, October 29

  • Welcome, introductions, review of meeting goals and objectives (Tom Loveland, USGS; Jim Irons, NASA)
  • Landsat 8 Radiometry Report (Brian Markam, NASA/GSFC)
  • Landsat 8 Geometry Performance Report (Jim Storey, USGS/SGT, Mike Choate, USGS/SGT)
  • Landsat 8 View Angle Generation (Jim Storey, USGS/SGT, Mike Choate, USGS/SGT)
  • Landsat 8 Long-Term Acquisition Plan status (Eugene Fosnight, USGS)
  • Landsat Operations and Archive Status (James LaCasse, USGS)


Landsat Science Team Member Presentations

  • Dr. Kurt Thome, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center -  Absolute radiometric and climate variable intercalibration of Earth observing sensors
  • Dr. Eric Vermote, NASA Goddard - Development of Landsat surface reflectance Climate Data Records
  • Dr. David Roy, South Dakota State University - Continuity of the Web Enabled Landsat Data (WELD) Product Record in the Landsat 8 Era
  • Dr. Yongwei Sheng, University of California, Los Angeles - Developing Decadal High Resolution Global Lake Products from LDCM and Landsat
  • Dr. Crystal Schaaf, University of Massachusetts, Boston - North American Land Surface Albedo and Nearshore Shallow Bottom Properties from Landsat and MODIS/VIIR
  • Dr. John Schott, Rochester Institute of Technology - The Use of LDCM for the Monitoring of Fresh and Coastal Water
  • Dr. Ted Scambos, University of Colorado - Cryospheric Applications of the Landsat 8
  • Dr. Ayse Kilic, University of Nebraska (with Dr. Richard Allen, University of Idaho and Dr. Justin Huntington, Desert Research Institute) - Evapotranspiration in Water Resources Management
  • Dr. Feng Gao, USDA Agricultural Research Service - Mapping vegetation phenology, water use and drought at high spatiotemporal resolution fusing multi-band and multi-platform satellite imagery
  • Dr. Jim Vogelmann, U.S. Geological Survey - Ecological Disturbance Monitoring using Landsat Time Series Data 


Wednesday, October 30

Landsat Science Team Member Presentations

  • Dr. Alan Belward, European Commission Joint Research Centre - Understanding the global land-use marketplace
  • Dr. Leo Lymburner, Geoscience Australia - Multi-temporal Analysis of biophysical parameters derived from the Landsat Series of satellites
  • Dr. Patrick Griffiths, Humboldt University of Berlin (on behalf of Patrick Hostert) - Synergies between future Landsat and European satellite missions for better understanding coupled human-environment systems
  • Dr. Mike Wulder, Canadian Forest Service - Integrating the past, present, and future of Landsat
  • Dr. Robert Kennedy, Boston University - Using time-series approaches to improve Landsat’s characterization of land surface dynamics
  • Dr. Randolph Wynne, Virginia Tech - Making Multitemporal Work
  • Dr. Curtis Woodcock, Boston University - Experience to date with L8
  • Dr. Warren Cohen, USDA Forest Service - Ecological Applications of Landsat Data in the Context of US Forest Service Science and Operational Needs
  • Dr. Jim Hipple, USDA Risk Management Agency - Integrating Field-Level Biophysical Metrics Derived from Landsat Science Products into a National Agricultural Data Warehouse
  • Mr. David Johnson, USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service - Operational monitoring of US croplands with Landsat 8


Thursday, October 31

  • Matt Larsen, USGS - Future of Landsat reports: Sustainable Land Imaging and Science
  • Brad Doorn, NASA - Sustainable Land Imaging and Science
  • Tim Newman, USGS - National Land Imaging Requirements & Sustainable Land Imaging Update
  • Darrel Williams, National Geospatial Advisory Committee - Landsat Advisory Committee update
  • John Dwyer, USGS - USGS Landsat science products status