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Date published: November 7, 2016
Status: Active

Technology from 'Landsat Imagery: A Unique Resource'

Landsat satellites provide high-quality, multi-spectral imagery of the surface of the Earth. These moderate-resolution, remotely sensed images are not just pictures, but contain many layers of data collected at different points along the visible and invisible light spectrum. 

Date published: November 7, 2016

Landsat and the Private Tech Sector: Direct and Complementary Uses of Imagery

Landsat is a key data input for many products developed and used in water resources, agricultural monitoring, land use and land cover monitoring, forest management, and development planning. Yet, Landsat’s contribution goes beyond its use solely as a primary data input. The products and processes developed by the Landsat program provide tools for data accuracy and visual communication...

Contacts: Holly Miller
Date published: November 7, 2016

Land Cover Mapping: Africa

While working in Africa, Dr. Alain Gachet of RTI saw a need for new maps of the continent, particularly inland maps. Almost all geological maps of Africa were created during the 1960s before some African countries became independent. The coastal maps are fairly accurate, as they were required to meet the standards of the French, English, and U.S. Navies. Inland maps beyond 50 km from the shore...

Contacts: Holly Miller
Date published: November 7, 2016

Land Cover Mapping: Australia

Australia’s agricultural industry has evolved significantly within the last decade. Change in agriculture, whether it is an increase in land used for production or the types of crops being produced, has an impact on land-cover soil properties and water availability. Landsat imagery is used in monitoring irrigation areas and dry land agricultural areas to detect changes in agricultural...

Contacts: Holly Miller
Date published: November 7, 2016

Monitoring Consumptive Water Use for Global Crop Production

Monitoring consumptive water use is an important component of global agricultural monitoring (Curt Reynolds, USDA FAS, written commun. and oral commun., 2014), as a majority of global production relies at least in part on irrigation for crop production (fig. 1). Globally, irrigated agriculture supports production of about half of the world’s food supply (Thenkabail and others, 2010). In the...

Contacts: Holly Miller
Date published: November 3, 2016
Status: Active

Humanitarianism from 'Landsat Imagery: A Unique Resource'

Landsat satellites provide high-quality, multi-spectral imagery of the surface of the Earth. These moderate-resolution, remotely sensed images are not just pictures, but contain many layers of data collected at different points along the visible and invisible light spectrum. 

Date published: November 3, 2016

Radar Technologies International: Water Explorations in Darfur

Amid the Darfur Crisis in 2004, more than 250,000 Sudanese refugees were forced to relocate to the desert landscape of eastern Chad. In a disaster situation, medical treatment and basic necessities become priorities for survival. Above all, the greatest need for survival was water. It is estimated by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR; 2008) that one person requires a...

Contacts: Holly Miller
Date published: November 2, 2016

Flood Extent and Disaster Monitoring, Australia

In Australia, between 1852 and 2011, at least 951 people were killed by floods, another 1,326 were injured, and the cost of damage reached nearly $5 billion dollars. More recently, the southeast Queensland floods during the 2010–11 season left much devastation, destroying 75 percent of the banana crop and, as a result, inflating banana prices (Carbone and Hanson, 2013). Floods have devastated...

Contacts: Holly Miller
Date published: November 2, 2016

Exploration Signatures: Water Exploration in Venezuela

In 1995, Exploration Signatures (then the Geologic & Hydrologic Division of Earth Satellite Corporation) used Landsat ETM+ imagery to complete water exploration work in Venezuela’s Falcón State. The project was funded through a guarantee from the Export-Import Bank of the United States, administered by Harza Engineering Company, and performed for HidroFalcón C.A., the Venezuelan state...

Contacts: Holly Miller
Date published: November 2, 2016

National Flood Risk Information Program, Australia

On July 1, 2012, Australia commenced the National Flood Risk Information Program (NFRIP), which includes mapping of flood extents from the entire historical archive of Landsat data over Australia (National Flood Information Portal, 2013). The Australian Government’s Natural Disaster Insurance Review highlighted the lack of consistency across the country in the way flood-risk information was...

Contacts: Holly Miller
Date published: November 2, 2016

Mapbox: Innovating with Landsat

Mapbox* is a cloud-based map platform startup that creates custom maps with open source tools. The team at Mapbox consists of over fifty cartographers, data analysts and software engineers, located in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, California. One of the open-source tools used by Mapbox is Landsat imagery. The company has a satellite team consisting of five employees dedicated to projects...

Contacts: Holly Miller
Date published: November 2, 2016

Klamath Basin, Oregon

The Klamath Basin covers over 12,000 mi² in southern Oregon and northern California and contains natural resources and economic opportunities related to fisheries, farming, ranching, timber harvest, mining, and recreation. (fig. 1A on the Science tab). These resources and opportunities economically sustain many communities throughout the basin, including six federally recognized Indian tribes...

Contacts: Holly Miller