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Landsat Science Team Responsibilities

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The overall responsibility of the Landsat Science Team is to offer informed advice and recommendations to the USGS and other partners on topics that will affect the overall success of the Landsat missions. The Team members must be knowledgeable on topics related to more effective use of archived data from Landsat sensors and on the requirements for future sensors needed to address the needs of scientists and other users of Landsat-type data.

Although the panel's role is advisory, Landsat Science Team members will address many specific objectives:

  • Represent the breadth of user perspectives and requirements on issues related to product formats and product generation issues
  • Advocate for user needs
  • Provide science-based feedback on critical design issues, including instrument and data systems
  • Contribute to the specification and design of the data acquisition strategy and data access systems
  • Consider interoperability of Landsat with other systems
  • Conduct experiments on science and applications elements of the Landsat program; each PI must be involved in research that relates to the capabilities of the Landsat mission
  • Provide insights on long-term issues (e.g., future missions)
  • Participate in representation tasks (e.g., provide data for demos or presentations and represent mission in selected forums including scientific meetings)

The Landsat Science Team generally meets two times each year, or more frequently if issues arise that require additional direct dialog. During these meetings, Landsat Science Team members present their research that is relevant to the meeting topics, and are briefed by USGS and NASA staff on mission and program status. Landsat Science Team members are expected to broadly share results of their Landsat research and facilitate technical exchange with the Landsat user community. All presentation materials are available on the web soon after the completion of each meeting.



Landsat represents the world's longest continuously acquired collection of space-based moderate-resolution land remote sensing data. Four decades of imagery provides a unique resource for those who work in agriculture, geology, forestry, regional planning, education, mapping, and global change research. Landsat images are also invaluable for emergency response and disaster relief.


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