Who are the members of The Landsat Science team?
Landsat satellites have witnessed over four decades of changes on Earth. In advance of the next Landsat spacecraft launch, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), announces the selection of the Landsat Science Team. This expert team of scientists and engineers will serve a five-year term, from 2012-2017, and provide technical and scientific input to USGS and NASA on issues critical to the success of the Landsat program.
"Landsat is a versatile tool that is used by farmers, scientists, and city planners," said Matt Larsen, USGS Associate Director for Climate and Land Use Change. "In fact, it’s used by a broad range of specialists to assess some of the world’s most critical issues — the food, water, forests, and other natural resources needed for a growing world population. This team will help the Landsat program reach its highest potential."
Since 1972, the United States has acquired and maintained a unique, continuous record of the global land surface. This impartial record has become indispensable for detecting and monitoring natural and human-induced changes to the Earth’s landscape.
The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), which will become Landsat 8 following launch in February 2013, is designed to extend Landsat’s comprehensive global record for at least five years.
"The team will form a science vanguard in advancing the analysis and application of Landsat data for science and resource management," said Jim Irons, LDCM Project Scientist for NASA. "Their guidance will be invaluable as we plan for the long term future of the Landsat program."
As recognized national and international leaders in land remote sensing, Landsat Science Team members will evaluate operational and data management strategies to meet the requirements of all Landsat users, including the needs of policy makers at all levels of government. They will play a key role in ensuring that the LDCM mission is successfully integrated with past, present, and future remotely sensed data for the purpose of observing national and global environmental systems.
The Landsat Science Team members and their areas of study are:
Developing and enhancing Landsat derived evapotranspiration and surface energy products
- Dr. Richard Allen, University of Idaho
- Dr. Ayse Kilic, University of Nebraska
- Dr. Justin Huntington, Desert Research Institute
- Dr. Martha Anderson, USDA Agricultural Research Service
- Dr. Feng Gao, USDA Agricultural Research Service
- Dr. Alan Belward, European Commission Joint Research Centre
- Dr. Warren Cohen, USDA Forest Service
- Dr. Dennis Helder, South Dakota State University
- Dr. Jim Hipple, USDA Risk Management Agency
- Dr. Patrick Hostert, Humboldt University of Berlin
- Mr. David Johnson, USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service
- Dr. Robert Kennedy, Boston University
- Dr. Leo Lymburner, Geoscience Australia
- Dr. Joel McCorkel, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
- Dr. David Roy, South Dakota State University
- Dr. Crystal Schaaf, University of Massachusetts, Boston
- Dr. Ted Scambos, University of Colorado
- Dr. John Schott, Rochester Institute of Technology
- Dr. Yongwei Sheng, University of California, Los Angeles
- Drs. Eric Vermote and Christopher Justice, University of Maryland
- Dr. Jim Vogelmann, U.S. Geological Survey
- Dr. Curtis Woodcock, Boston University
- Dr. Mike Wulder, Canadian Forest Service
- Dr. Randolph Wynne, Virginia Tech