March 22 - 26, 2010 - Landsat Technical Working Group (LTWG#19) Meeting

This year's Landsat Technical Working Group (LTWG#19) meeting was held in Phuket, Thailand, March 22–26, 2010. The meeting was jointly organized by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and NASA and was hosted by the Thailand Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA). Participants from 9 countries, including members of the USGS Landsat and Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Projects, represented 14 international ground stations and discussed a wide range of technical topics.

Landsat Project presentations included Landsat 5 and Landsat 7 mission statuses as well as the latest Landsat 5 Traveling Wave Tube Amplifier testing results, Landsat 1-5 Multi-Spectral Scanner product development progress, Global Land Survey status, the Landsat Global Archive Consolidation initiative, and Data Validation and Exchange enhancements. With the LDCM Ground System undergoing a major re-architecture activity over the last year, this was also a primary area for discussion. LDCM presentations included Project and Ground System status including plans and timelines for LDCM Ground System processing software availability, Science Data Reception, Science Data Processing, LDCM Ground System-to-International Cooperator interface, including the International Cooperator Web Portal, and a discussion on LDCM Data Validation & Exchange. A Landsat Science Team update was also presented, providing information on its working group activities and several key research projects.

Each International Cooperator briefed the group on the status of their systems; presented their future satellite mission(s), ground system plans, and Landsat Metadata Initiative (LMI) implementation status; and provided an overview of their data distribution statistics. Finally, a representative from the European Space Agency (ESA) capped the meeting with a briefing on the Sentinel-2 mission.

International Cooperators in attendance included representatives from the following countries and organizations:

  • Australia (GA-NEO)
  • Brazil (INPE)
  • China (CEODE)
  • Europe (ESA)
  • Indonesia (LAPAN)
  • Japan (RESTEC)
  • Russia (ScanEx)
  • Sweden (SSC)
  • Thailand (GISTDA)

Group Photo
Figure 1. LTWG#19 participants