Preserving Landsat's Legacy

Preserving Landsat's Legacy

The Landsat Legacy Project is directed toward documenting the technical history of the Landsat program and describe the evolution of the program from a remote sensing system, into a global observing system. With each subsequent Landsat mission, there was an evolution in thinking; lessons learned from the operators, requests from a growing community of national and international users, and a shared sense of understanding of the value of the data in the archive, that generated more systematic approaches to the acquisition of data for the archive. The Landsat program evolved from archiving observations that had been acquired at the request of users, to acquiring observations systematically for an archive that satisfies the needs of almost all of its users. Using basic interpretive qualitative research techniques, the study team intends to answer the following research question. How does the Landsat archive reflect how the program’s mission has evolved over time?   The goal of this study is to produced a book-length manuscript which documents the history of the Landsat mission as well as to accumulate an electronic record of interviews and documents that we compile in the process of developing this manuscript
 

Principal Investigator :  Dr. James Irons, Biospheric Sciences, NASA Goddard Space FLight Center, Greenbelt MD
 

Co-Investigators:

Ms. Laura Rocchio, Biospheric Sciences, NASA Goddard Space FLight Center, Greenbelt MD
Ms. Terry Arvidson, Biospheric Sciences, NASA Goddard Space FLight Center, Greenbelt MD
Dr. Darrel Williams, Global Sciences & Technology, Geenbelt, MD
Dr. Samuel N. Goward. Dept Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland

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