Implementation of a Sustained Land Imaging Program
Announcement: Report released: Landsat and Beyond: Sustaining and Enhancing the Nation's Land Imaging Program (2013)
Statement of Task
An ad-hoc committee will conduct a study to assess the needs and opportunities to develop a space-based operational land imaging capability. In particular, the committee will examine the elements of a sustained space-based Land Imaging Program with a focus on the Department of Interior’s U.S. Geological Survey role in such a program.
The committee will:
- Identify and/or validate primary organizations and segments of society and their fundamental historical, present-day, near-future, and long-term data, information, and service requirements that need to be supported by a sustained Land Imaging Program.
- Identify and recommend characteristics and critical program support areas expected of a sustained Land Imaging Program including, but not limited to, the continuous operation and refinement of U.S. government-owned, spaceborne land-imaging capabilities (e.g., passive, as in optical land imaging; active, as in LiDAR or SAR measurements).
- Suggest critical baseline products and services derived from sustained land imaging capabilities, including higher-level information products such as Climate Data Records (CDRs) and terrestrial Essential Climate Variables (ECVs)..
- Considering the requirements for an operational land imaging capability, provide recommendations to facilitate the transition of single-mission NASA research-based land imaging technology or missions to sustained USGS Land Imaging Program technology or missions, including the relationships between USGS, NASA, and NOAA in developing, maintaining and effectively utilizing land imaging capabilities.
In conducting the study, the ad-hoc committee will generate recommendations based on the committee’s own data gathering as well as input from the U.S. Earth science and applications community.
This project is sponsored by the United States Geological Survey.
February 1-3, 2012, NRC Keck Center
|June 4, 2012|
|April 25-27, 2012, NRC Keck Center|
|October 23-24, 2012|
Santa Barbara, CA
For detailed information about committee membership please visit our current projects page.
|Jeff Dozier (Chair)|
University of California, Santa Barbara
|Carlos E. Del Castillo|
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Diane E. Pataki
University of Utah
|Jack D. Fellows|
EnviroGen International Foundation and G2Groups, Inc.
|David S. Schimel|
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
|Kathleen O'Neill Green|
Kass Green and Associates
|Walter S. Scott|
|John R. Jensen|
University of South Carolina
|William F. Townsend|
Independent Aerospace Consultant
|Dennis P. Lettenmaier|
University of Washington
|Howard A. Zebker|
Berrien Moore, III
University of Oklahoma
Mary Lou Zoback
Abigail A. Sheffer, Study Director
Arthur A. Charo, Senior Program Officer
Linda M. Walker, Senior Program Assistant