LP DAAC Prospectus 2017 - 2019

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The “LP DAAC Prospectus: 2017 to 2019” short video features the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC), a key access point for global land remote sensing data. The video provides an overview of the significance of the LP DAAC’s archive and distribution functions, explains the depth of the user community, and outlines future activities for increasing data use and access.

The LP DAAC is one of twelve NASA Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) DAACs and operates as a partnership with the United States Geological Survey (USGS). It is located at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 

Learn more about the LP DAAC at lpdaac.usgs.gov. Want updates sent directly to your inbox? Sign up for the LP DAAC listserv: https://lists.nasa.gov/mailman/listinfo/lpdaac.


Image Dimensions: 1280 x 720

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Length: 00:05:51

Location Taken: Sioux Falls, SD, US

Video Credits

Content and script by Lindsey Harriman (Contractor to USGS EROS), and Danielle Golon (Contractor to USGS EROS)


The LP DAAC Prospectus:

The Land Processes Distributed
Active Archive Center,

or LP DAAC, operates as a
partnership between the U.S.

Geological Survey and the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration.

It has been located at the USGS
Earth Resources Observation and

Science Center in Sioux Falls,
South Dakota, since 1990.

The LP DAAC is one of 12 DAACs
within NASA’s Earth Observing

System Data and Information System. 

The NASA Land Processes Distributed
Active Archive Center ingests and

archives NASA land products, and
distributes that data to NASA

Principal Investigators, Department
of Interior research scientists and

 land managers, and users

By  curating and providing access
to these important land

remote sensing data records
we really aim to advance the

understanding, the access, and
the use of these data

for a very large and diverse
user community.

The LP DAAC distributes more
than 250 distinct, different global

data products derived from sensors
located onboard Earth observing

satellites, space shuttles,
or airborne sensors.

When data are received from
producers, they are reviewed

for quality, safely stored,
and then distributed to users.

The LP DAAC also provides user
support and conducts outreach activities.

These data and services are provided
to many different types of users

for a wide variety of applications
such as researching the impacts of

land use change, identifying impacts
of natural disasters, and exploring

trends in vegetation health.

The data products, services, and
users are supported by the LP DAAC team.

NASA and the USGS first announced
their plans to establish the LP DAAC

at the USGS EROS Center in 1990.
Over the next decade, staff began

preparing for ingest of the first
data products and operating

a new archive center.
The 2000’s saw improvements

to data storage, management and
delivery methods as the archive

continued to grow with
new data products.

Since 2000, the LP DAAC has
archived more than 3,000 terabytes

or 3 petabytes of data, the
equivalent of watching 40 years

worth of HD-TV. 
Nearly 20,000 terabytes of data

have been distributed to users.
The LP DAAC archive will continue

to grow with the addition of
Mission-level data from two new

innovative sensors over
the next few years.

Both of the sensors will be housed
on the International Space Station.

ECOSTRESS will collect information
essential for detecting water

stress in plants and improved
drought estimations.

GEDI will provide valuable lidar
data for measuring forest canopy

height and structure, as well as
surface elevation.

Over the course of 2016 and 2017,
the LP DAAC provided new, innovative

ways to access and interact with
data, as well as distributed

new data products. 
New functionality was added to

AppEEARS, enabling point and area
sampling of data from several

federal archives and making the data
preparation process more efficient.

All ASTER data began to be
distributed to the global remote

sensing community at no cost.
Distribution of NASA-produced data

products from the VIIRS sensor
onboard the joint NOAA/NASA Suomi

National Polar-orbiting
Partnership satellite began.

In addition, Earthdata login
was implemented on all data

access points to better
understand the user community

Many exciting opportunities are
on the horizon for 2018 and 2019,

including distribution of additional
S-NPP NASA VIIRS land datasets and

the operational release of remaining
MEaSUREs 2012 Data Collections

The number of data products
accessible through AppEEARS

will continue to grow with the
addition of Landsat Analysis

Ready Data and several other
datasets external to the LP DAAC.

There will also be additional
operational releases of web

services for key LP DAAC datasets
for the GIS user community

As the archive expands, there
will be more of a focus on cloud

architecture to optimize and
harden approaches for archiving,

distributing, and analyzing
data in the cloud.

To inform the public remote
sensing community about these

activities, and learn about user
needs, multiple web-based

platforms from NASA, the USGS,
and partners are leveraged.

All final content is primarily
located on the LP DAAC website.

Both technical and science staff
frequently attend domain-relevant

conferences and meetings to
present on current LP DAAC

activities, interact directly
with users, and receive valuable

feedback from the community.
Science Communications staff also

organize and lead workshops for
specific user groups.

The primary point of contact for
all user inquiries is the LP DAAC

User Services Team. They, including
answer questions about data, tools,

and services and provide solutions.

Each year the support and services
provided by the LP DAAC are assessed

through the American Customer
Satisfaction Index or ACSI survey.

The LP DAAC has seen a continual
growth in customer satisfaction

since the survey began in 2006.
The survey results are used to

develop new ways to make data
and services more accessible

and usable for the community. 
Thank you for watching the

LP DAAC Prospectus for 2017
to 2019. If you have questions

or are interested in additional
information, please contact User

Services or visit the
LP DAAC website.