[ESIP-all] FW: [wgiss-all] Fw: USGS media release, 10/26 - Landsat Adds to World Memory

Carol Beaton Meyer carolbmeyer at esipfed.org
Wed Oct 26 14:44:30 EDT 2011

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World Memory

ESIP will be interested in this!

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Thought you might enjoy this announcement...

John Faundeen, Archivist
U.S. Geological Survey
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Subject: USGS media release, 10/26 - Landsat Adds to World Memory

This release can be found in the USGS Newsroom at:

News Release 

October 26, 2011 
Jan Nelson 605-594-6173 jsnelson at usgs.gov <mailto:jsnelson at usgs.gov>
Jon Campbell 703-648-4180 joncampbell at usgs.gov <mailto:joncampbell at usgs.gov>

Landsat Adds to World Memory


A United Nations group established to preserve humanity's documentary
history has selected a portion of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS
<http://www.usgs.gov/> ) Landsat archive of Earth imagery to be added to the
Memory of the World
-activities/memory-of-the-world/homepage/>  International Register.

"During a span of almost 40 years, the Landsat series
<http://landsat.usgs.gov/>  of Earth observation satellites has become a
unique reference worldwide for advancing our scientific knowledge and our
understanding of terrestrial systems," said Anne Castle, Assistant Secretary
for Water and Science, U.S. Department of the Interior.  "The inclusion of
the Landsat data archive in the Memory of the World Register is recognition
of the incredible value of this long term data collection, not only for its
contribution to scientific research but also for its rich international
cultural value." 

A joint initiative between USGS and NASA <http://landsat.gsfc.nasa.gov/> ,
the Landsat program of Earth observation provides a vital information
resource for applications in agriculture, geology, forestry, water
resources, regional planning, mapping, emergency response, and global change

The Memory of the World Programme, administered through the United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO
<http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/> ), selected the Landsat Multispectral
Scanner (MSS) dataset because it is a unique, irreplaceable record of the
Earth¹s land surfaces, shallow coastal regions, and reefs.  Compiled between
1972 and 1992, this collection of images from across the globe includes over
600,000 scenes, each covering approximately 100 by 100 miles.  The
continuous data record reveals both gradual change, as in glacier movement
or coastline erosion, and sudden change, as in forest clear-cuts, wild land
fires, or seasonal floods.

Remotely sensed Landsat images are not just pictures, but contain many
layers of data collected at different points along the visible and invisible
light spectrum. A single Landsat scene taken from 400 miles above the Earth
can accurately detail the condition of hundreds of thousands of acres of
grassland, agricultural crops, or forests.

The award citation proclaims, "The inclusion of this documentary heritage in
the Memory of the World Register reflects its exceptional value and
signifies that it should be protected for the benefit of all humanity."

The full USGS archive holds over three million scenes obtained continuously
from July 1972 to today by a series of six Landsat satellites. Since 2008,
when the images became available free of charge and downloadable from the
internet, there has been a burst of innovative science applications of
Landsat data. 

"The universal availability of the Landsat data at no charge is a key to its
unique capabilities and global scope," Castle continued. "Scientists, land
managers, and students everywhere can work with long term, accurate,
unbiased, and freely accessible data to confront the most difficult
challenges involving land use, natural resources, and the environment."


Gallery of selected Landsat images: World Events as Seen from Space

Further information about Landsat <http://landsat.usgs.gov/>

USGS provides science for a changing world. Visit USGS.gov
<http://usgs.gov/> , and follow us on Twitter @USGS
<http://twitter.com/usgs> and our other social media channels
<http://usgs.gov/socialmedia> .
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<http://twitter.com/USGS> .

Links and contacts within this release are valid at the time of publication.


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