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Landsat and Society

August 31 – September 2, 2021 (all virtual, and free!)

Organized by the USGS National Land Imaging Program and Fort Collins Science Center, with the support of  the NASA DEVELOP Program, the AmericaView Consortium for Remote Sensing Education and Outreach, and the Ladies of Landsat  

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The USGS National Land Imaging Program will host its second National Imagery Summit on August 31 through September 2, 2021. Titled “Landsat and Society,” this free, virtual event over three half-days (afternoons U.S. Eastern time) will focus on the use of Landsat data across the United States by state, local, tribal, commercial, and non-profit organizations.

The event will include up-to-date information on the Landsat 9 launch, planning for Landsat Next, recent and new USGS Landsat-derived information products, and societal benefits analyses and land-imaging policy.

The event will provide a timely opportunity to showcase how users across the Nation use Landsat data for informed decisions on land, water, and resource use that protect life and property; safeguard the environment; advance science, technology and education; support climate resiliency; and grow the U.S. economy. It will be organized into plenary-level remarks, panel sessions, and lightning talk presentations by a broad range of Landsat data users (career professionals and students). Substantial time will be allotted to Q&A and focused engagement with users on Landsat issues of importance to them.

Plenary and Panel Speakers include:

  • Waleed Abdalati, Director, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado
  • Mariel Borowitz, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Morgan Crowley, McGill University
  • Mike Egan, Landsat 9 Program Executive, NASA
  • Kate Fickas, University of Massachussetts-Amherst
  • Kass Green, Kass Green and Associates
  • Raed Mansour, Director, Office of Innovation, Chicago Department of Public Health
  • Christopher McGinty, Executive Director, AmericaView consortium
  • Rebecca Moore, Director, Google Earth Engine   
  • Ryan Miller, Director of the Treaty Rights and Government Affairs Department, Tulalip Tribes of Washington 
  • Dan Morris, Principal Scientist, Microsoft AI for Earth   
  • Tim Newman, National Land Imaging Program Manager, USGS 
  • Ana Pinheiro Privette, Lead, Amazon Sustainability Initiative
  • James Rattling Leaf, University of Colorado 

Welcoming Remarks provided by:

  • Tanya Trujillo, Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, U.S. Department of the Interior
  • David Applegate, Associate Director for Natural Hazards, exercising the delegated authority of the Director, U.S. Geological Survey

CLICK HERE for the National Imagery Summit Flyer (pdf)

CLICK HERE for the National Imagery Summit Agenda (pdf)