Ellie Leydsman McGinty will be presenting “A History of the Landsat Program” at the next GeoBytes webinar on Friday, April 8 at 12:00 pm ET. The webinar is FREE for all CaGIS members. See attached abstract for more information about the presentation.
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The Landsat Program, presently administered by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), provides the longest continuous remotely sensed record of the Earth’s surface. Landsat data have revolutionized scientific approaches, promoted an improved and deeper understanding of natural resources and ecosystems, and cultivated a profound appreciation for the remarkable and diverse landscapes on Earth. The Landsat Program has a fascinating history that was shaped by key agencies and prominent individuals. Of notable mention, Dr. William T. Pecora, eighth Director of the USGS, was the motivating force behind the Landsat Program. His initial vision of developing a civil spaceborne remote sensing program was speculative, but his foresight, intellect, and perseverance made it a reality. While the Landsat Program became a reality, operations throughout the decades were somewhat unpredictable. Presidential administrations and several pieces of legislation affected how the Landsat Program was managed over time. Despite financial and legislative hurdles, the Landsat Program has persisted and continues to be one of the most valuable, respected, and referenced Earth observation programs in the world.
Ellie Leydsman McGinty is a researcher and cartographer in the Remote Sensing/GIS Laboratory at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. She also serves as the State Coordinator for UtahView. Her academic interests include working with satellite and aerial imagery to develop land cover datasets that can be used to support conservation and restoration efforts. Through her work, she has grown a deep appreciation for Earth observing satellite systems and how they display the phenomenal beauty of planet Earth.