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Landsat Science Team 2012 - 2017

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The 2012-2017 Landsat Science Team co-leaders are Dr. Curtis Woodcock (Boston University) and Dr. David Roy (South Dakota State University). Dr. Tom Loveland (USGS EROS Center) and Dr. Jim Irons (NASA GSFC) are the agency co-chairs.

Landsat Science Team, 2012 - 2017 Photo

The team members, affiliations, and research and applications emphases are:

Developing and enhancing Landsat derived evapotranspiration and surface energy products

  • Dr. Richard Allen, University of Idaho
  • Dr. Ayse Kilic, University of Nebraska
  • Dr. Justin Huntington, Desert Research Institute

Mapping vegetation phenology, water use, and drought at high spatiotemporal resolution fusing multi-band and multi-platform satellite imagery

  • Dr. Martha Anderson, USDA Agricultural Research Service
  • Dr. Feng Gao, USDA Agricultural Research Service

Understanding the global land-use marketplace

  • Dr. Alan Belward, European Commission Joint Research Centre

Ecological Applications of Landsat Data in the Context of US Forest Service Science and Operational Needs

  • Dr. Warren Cohen, USDA Forest Service

Landsat data continuity: advanced radiometric characterization and product development

  • Dr. Dennis Helder, South Dakota State University

Integrating Field-Level Biophysical Metrics Derived from Landsat Science Products into a National Agricultural Data Warehouse

  • Dr. Jim Hipple, USDA Risk Management Agency

Synergies between future Landsat and European satellite missions for better understanding coupled human-environment systems

  • Dr. Patrick Hostert, Humboldt University of Berlin

Operational monitoring of US croplands with Landsat 8

  • Mr. David Johnson, USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service

Using time-series approaches to improve Landsat's characterization of land surface dynamics

  • Dr. Robert Kennedy, Boston University

Multi-temporal Analysis of biophysical parameters derived from the Landsat Series of satellites

  • Dr. Leo Lymburner, Geoscience Australia

Absolute radiometric and climate variable intercalibration of Earth observing sensors

  • Dr. Joel McCorkel, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Continuity of the Web Enabled Landsat Data (WELD) Product Record in the LDCM Era

  • Dr. David Roy, South Dakota State University

North American Land Surface Albedo and Nearshore Shallow Bottom Properties from Landsat and MODIS/VIIR

  • Dr. Crystal Schaaf, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Cryospheric Applications of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (Landsat 8)

  • Dr. Ted Scambos, University of Colorado

The Use of LDCM for the Monitoring of Fresh and Coastal Water

  • Dr. John Schott, Rochester Institute of Technology

Developing Decadal High Resolution Global Lake Products from LDCM and Landsat

  • Dr. Yongwei Sheng, University of California, Los Angeles

Development of Landsat surface reflectance Climate Data Records

  • Drs. Eric Vermote and Christopher Justice, University of Maryland

Ecological Disturbance Monitoring using Landsat Time Series Data

  • Dr. Jim Vogelmann, U.S. Geological Survey

Better Use of the Landsat Temporal Domain: Monitoring Land Cover Type, Condition, and Change

  • Dr. Curtis Woodcock, Boston University

Integrating the past, present, and future of Landsat

  • Dr. Mike Wulder, Canadian Forest Service

Making Multitemporal Work

  • Dr. Randolph Wynne, Virginia Tech

Team meeting agendas and presentations can be found on the Team Meetings page.

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