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Landsat Science Team 2018 - 2023

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The 2018-2023 Landsat Science Team provides technical and scientific input to USGS and NASA on issues critical to the success of the Landsat program. The five-year goal of this Landsat Science Team is to ensure that Landsat 9 data, and relevant data from future Landsat missions are completely integrated with past Landsat data for the purpose of meeting the needs of current users and enabling new applications. In addition, it is increasingly important that data from international sources (e.g., the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2 missions), as well as commercial sources, are synergistically exploited with the Landsat record.

The Landsat Science Team agency co-chairs are Dr. Tom Loveland, USGS and Dr. Jeff Masek, NASA. 

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

Drs. Martha Anderson and Feng Gao, USDA Agricultural Research Service: Characterizing crop water use, phenology and yield at field scales using multi-sensor data fusion.

Mr. Noel Gorelick, Google: Driving cloud-based usage of Landsat with Google Earth Engine

Dr. Matthew Hansen, University of Maryland: Generating time-series maps that accurately reflect land change area: a strategy for global land monitoring

Dr. Sean Healey, US Forest Service: Landsat science and applications in the US Forest Service

Dr. Patrick Hostert, Humboldt University of Berlin: Synergies between future Landsat and European satellite missions, from land cover to land use

Dr. Justin Huntington, Desert Research Institute: Towards the development and integration of Landsat evapotranspiration ensembles and climate data for enhanced water and land management decision support

Mr. David Johnson, USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service: Leveraging analysis ready Landsat products for use in crop production estimation

Dr. Leo Lymburner, Geoscience Australia: Digital Earth Australia

Dr. Alexei Lyapustin, NASA GSFC: Advanced atmospheric correction of Landsat 8/Sentinel 2 data using algorithm MAIAC

Dr. Nima Pahlevan, Science Systems and Applications, Inc.: Landsat-Sentinel-2 constellation for monitoring aquatic systems across the United States

Mr. Jean-Francois Pekel and Dr. Peter Strobl, European Commission Joint Research Centre: Copernicus Landsat convergence, architecture and applications

Dr. Volker Radeloff, University of Wisconsin: Landsat data for biodiversity science and conservation

Dr. David Roy, South Dakota State University: Pathfinding near real time moderate resolution land surface monitoring, looking forward to an operational Landsat 9/10 Sentinel 2A/2B era.

Dr. Ted Scambos, University of Colorado: Landsat and the cryosphere: tracking interactions between ice, snow, and the Earth system

Dr. Crystal Schaaf, University of Massachusetts, Boston: Global 30m snow and snow-free land surface albedo from Landsat and MODIS/VIIRS

Dr. Eric Vermote, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center: Maintenance and refinement of the Land Surface Reflectance Code (LaSRC) for Landsat’s and Sentinel 2’s

Dr. Curtis Woodcock, Boston University: New opportunities using the Landsat temporal domain: monitoring ecosystem health, condition and use

Dr. Michael Wulder, Canadian Forest Service: Integrating time and space with Landsat to learn from the past, monitor the present, and prepare for the future

Dr. Zhe Zhu, Texas Tech University: Toward near real-time monitoring and characterization of land surface change for the conterminous US

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

Return to the Landsat Science Team Overview page

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