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PubTalk 7/2010 — Looking Down On Our Planet

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New satellite imagery reveals a changing global surface

by Ron Beck, USGS Land Remote Sensing Program


  • Nearly 40 years of USGS satellite imagery shows dramatic changes earth's surface features
  • Changing patterns of land use are seen in urban growth, clear cutting of amazon forests, and surface mining
  • Landsat imagery monitors potential natural disasters such as hurricanes, wildfires, and flooding and records the environmental impact of human disasters such as the Chernobyl incident and Deepwater Horizon oil spill
  • Future satellite programs will provide scientists, planners, and managers with valuable information about our environment




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