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Landsat Science Team, 2006-2011

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The members listed below served from 2006 to 2011, meeting twice each year. The meeting agendas and presentations can be found on the Team Meetings page.

The team was instrumental in the following major developments, which impacted Landsat data use and the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM or Landsat 8):

  1. Contributed to the opening of the Landsat archive, making Landsat data available to all users at no charge
  2. Provided proactive advocacy for restoration of thermal requirements on LDCM (Landsat 8)
  3. Recommended and encouraged the Landsat Global Archive Consolidation (LGAC)
  4. Advocated for future satellite missions
  5. Established a foundation for higher-level data products
  6. Developed methodologies for using large volumes of Landsat data for long-term and/or broad-area studies
  7. Published over 400 Landsat-related items

Landsat Science Team, 2006-2011. Front Row, l-r: Alan Belward, Jeff Masek, John Dwyer, Prasad Thenkabail , Eric Vermote, Rama Nemani, Martha Anderson, Eileen Helmer, John Schott, Susan Maxwell. Back Row, l-r: Richard Allen, Michael Wulder, Bill Ochs, Warren Cohen, Curtis Woodcock, Chris Justice, Randy Wynne, Robert Bindschadler, Tom Loveland, Dennis Helder, James Vogelmann, Darrell Williams, Sam Goward, David Aaron, Lazaros Oeropoulos, Jim Irons, Feng Gao.

Richard Allen, University of Idaho

  • Operational Evapotranspiration Algorithms for LDCM - .ppt (8.68 MB)

Martha Anderson, USDA Agricultural Research Service

  • Mapping Drought and Evapotranspiration at High Resolution using Landsat/GOES Thermal Imagery - .ppt (12.3 MB)

Alan Belward, European Commission Joint Research Center

  • Natural Resources Management - Meeting Millennium Development Goals Geospatial information for planning, implementation and evaluation of Europe's Development-Aid Programmes - .ppt (3.63 MB)

Robert Bindschadler, NASA Goddard

  • Advancing Ice Sheet Research with the Next Generation Landsat Sensor Ice Sheets and Landsat - .ppt (3.11 MB)

Warren Cohen, USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station

  • Landsat and Vegetation Change: Towards 50 Years of Observation and Characterization - .ppt (4.95 MB)

Feng Gao, Earth Resources Technology

  • Developing a Consistent Landsat Data Set from MSS, TM/ETM+ and International Sources for Land Cover Change Detection - .ppt (4.73 MB)

Sam Goward, University of Maryland

  • The LDCM Long Term Acquisition Plan: Extending and Enhancing the Landsat 7 LTAP Approach - .ppt (2.1 MB)

Dennis Helder, South Dakota State University

  • A Systematic Radiometric Calibration Approach for LDCM and the Landsat Archive - .ppt (6.73 MB)

Eileen Helmer, USDA Forest Service International Institute of Tropical Forestry

  • Cloud-Free Landsat Image Mosaics for Monitoring Tropical Forest Ecosystems - .ppt (13.1 MB)

Rama Nemani, NASA Ames Research Center

  • Developing Biophysical Products for Landsat - .ppt (1.95 MB)

Lazaros Oreopoulos, University of Maryland -Baltimore County

  • Cloud Detection and Avoidance for the Landsat Data Continuity Mission - .ppt (2.27 MB)

John Schott, Rochester Institute of Technology

  • The Impact of Land Processes on Fresh and Coastal Waters - .ppt (333 KB)

Prasad Thenkabail, U.S. Geological Survey (formerly with the International Water Management Institute)

  • Global Irrigated Area Mapping using Landsat 30-m for the Years 2000 and 1975 - .ppt (102 MB)

Eric Vermote, University of Maryland

  • A Surface Reflectance Standard Product for LDCM and Supporting Activities - .ppt (1.09 MB)

James Vogelmann, SAIC, USGS EROS

  • Monitoring Forest and Rangeland Change using Landsat Continuity and Alternative Sources of Satellite Data - .ppt (11.3 MB)

Curtis Woodcock, Boston University

  • Toward Operational Global Monitoring of Landcover Change

Michael Wulder, Canadian Forest Service

  • Large-Area Land Cover Mapping and Dynamics: Landsat Imagery to Information - .ppt (39.8 MB)

Randolph Wynne, Virginia Polytechnic Institute

  • Forestry Remote Sensing; The Need for Landsat - .ppt (8.33 MB)


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