Users, Uses, and Value of Landsat Imagery

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Social scientists at the USGS Social and Economic Analysis (SEA) Branch of the Fort Collins Science Center in Colorado are leading a long-term study to help assess the uses and value of Landsat imagery.  A series of surveys provides longitudinal data on how the users and uses of the imagery are changing over time in response to changes in the provision of the imagery.  This analysis allows economists to explore the value and benefits of the imagery to a community of users.  Multiple case studies focusing on the use and benefits of Landsat imagery in water, agriculture, forestry, and private sector technological applications have been completed. These case studies provide context and depth, which complement the more quantitative survey data. In 2017, a report containing case studies on the use of Landsat in agriculture was published ( A Landsat user survey was also developed to assess current and future requirements, which will be used in the development of future Landsat satellites.

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Holly Miller
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