USGS, NASA Officials Cut Ribbon on New Landsat 7 Flight Operations Center

Goddard Space Flight Center Director Dr. Chris Scolese (left) and USGS Director Jim Reilly cut the ribbon on the new Landsat 7 Mission Operations Center at Goddard on July 12, 2018.

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Director James Reilly, along with other officials from the Department of Interior (DOI), NASA, and the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, were among dignitaries who were on hand Thursday, July 12, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Landsat 7 Mission Operations Center (MOC) at the Goddard Space Flight Center.

Reilly offered remarks at the ceremony, which began shortly after noon, as did Goddard Director Dr. Chris Scolese and Tim Newman, program coordinator for the USGS National Land Imaging Program.

A Testimonial for Analysis Ready Data

This graphic shows shrub and grass in a portion of the Great Basin at risk for fire, based on eight Analysis Ready Data (ARD) tiles using May 2017 data. Yellow represents high risk; aqua is medium risk. The top image is based on STARFM. The bottom is based on Landsat ARD composite data.

Jim Vogelmann discovered something interesting about Analysis Ready Data (ARD) these last few months as he and his colleagues worked on finding a better way to quantify fire risk in the Great Basin of the western United States.

ARD, Vogelmann learned, works really well.

ECOSTRESS Launch Piques Interest At EROS

A simulation of ECOSTRESS land surface temperature data around California’s Salton Sea (dark blue area, upper left). Cooler areas appear in blue and green, warmer areas are in yellow and red. The region south of the lake that appears green is mostly agricultural fields, and other surrounding areas are desert.

NASA launched its ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) instrument early Friday morning in Florida, and the event piqued the interest of several scientists at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center.

NASA’s Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC) at EROS is the designated archive for data and products acquired from ECOSTRESS, and scientists at EROS are intrigued by the possibilities offered by the new sensor.

EROS Evapotranspiration Model Key Part of Upper Rio Grande Basin Study

The Upper Rio Grande Basin Focus Area Study includes parts of Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico.

Kyle Douglas-Mankin wants to know where the raindrops go when they fall on the arid and semi-arid landscapes of the Upper Rio Grande Basin.

Are they providing enough water to the farm fields? How much is being re-sprinkled on yards across Las Cruces or El Paso? And just how much rain is really needed for rural developments east of Albuquerque to sprout and grow?

LANDFIRE Named 2018 'Environmental Dream Team' by DOI

logo for LANDFIRE (Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools Program)

In the years since its beginnings in 2004, LANDFIRE has become invaluable to wildfire prevention and response, land management, and environmental monitoring.

LANDFIRE (Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools Program) is led by the Department of the Interior (DOI) and U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service (USFS), in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy.

USGS, Australians Assess Collaboration Milestones over the Past Year

Jenn Lacey, EROS Observing Systems Branch Chief, presents Guy Royal, Geoscience Australia's (GA) Branch Head for Observations and Science Support, with a congratulatory certificate during a May meeting in Mountain View, CA. GA's Alice Springs ground station received the first scene acquired by Landsat 7 during its 100,000th orbit on February 1, 2018. From left to right are GA's Vincent Rooke and Andy Barnicoat, Lacey, Royal, and Doug Daniels, USGS Landsat Mission Manager with The Aerospace Corp.

The latest report on collaborative efforts between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Geoscience Australia (GA) suggests the two agencies are making significant strides together in exploiting land remote-sensing data to monitor the Earth and detect change as it happens.

Landsat 7 Flight Operations Transition to New Home Now Complete

A look inside the new Landsat 7 Mission Operations Center at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD.

Life in satellite flight operations is busy enough without the disruption of uprooting and moving an entire Mission Operations Center (MOC). Yet that’s been the reality for the Landsat 7 MOC as it transitioned this spring into a new address at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD.

Landsat, Sentinel Harmony Effort Shows Promising Results in Great Basin

Photo of grassland in Nevada

The advent of remote sensing was a boon to the ancient science of phenology.

Satellite data offered a global view of nature’s seasonal life cycles that historical tabulators of budding trees and buzzing bees could scarcely imagine.

From the start, however, remotely sensed phenology has come with caveats.

Where on-the-ground observations have granular accuracy without broad context, remote sensing via satellite offers broad insight but misses subtle details.

Detail is defined by the satellite sensor, and there are tradeoffs from one sensor to the next.