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Our data, analysis tools, and analytical methods are used to support satellite architecture studies, determine science mission requirements, inform international collaborations, and support investment decisions such as commercial data purchases. 

You can explore examples of the work we do and what we've achieved. 


Spectral bands for Landsat 8-9 and Landsat Next
This illustration shows the spectral bands of the sensors onboard Landsat 8 and Landsat 9, compared to those of Landsat Next.  Image credit: NASA

Landsat Next Requirements

Challenge: Over the past 50 years, the Landsat user community has grown exponentially.  Understanding community user needs is crucial to informing the design of future Landsat missions. We were tasked to identify user needs to move beyond 'heritage' capabilities of the existing Landsat system to address critical emerging applications. 

What we did: We initiated a community-wide user needs collection process, build an analytical tool and supported the Landsat Next Architecture Study Team. We delivered the most comprehensive and data-driven user needs study since the beginning of the Landsat Program. 

Results: We identified specific enhancements that are a part of Landsat Next. NASA and USGS are evaluating architecture options based on our user needs and analysis in Landsat Next pre-formulation. 

Learn more about Landsat Next.



USGEO National Earth Observation Assessment

USGEO National Earth Observation Assessment Cover Image


Challenge: Provide analytical support in developing the National Earth Observation Assessment (EOA) 2016, conducted by the U.S. Group on Earth Observations.

What we did: Leveraged our capacities in collecting and modeling Earth observation data to support a National assessment under the auspices of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Results: The EOA 2016 provided a quantitative assessment of the Nation’s then-current portfolio of Earth observations (data and measurements derived from the systems, platforms, sensors, networks, etc.) that measure the Earth and its processes.

The report can be downloaded from USGEO