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Landsat Science Teams provide technical and scientific input to USGS and NASA to help ensure the success of the Landsat program while providing science support on issues including data acquisition, product access and format, and science and applications opportunities. The teams are funded by the USGS and co-chaired by the USGS and NASA.

2012-2017 Science Team
As recognized national and international leaders in land remote sensing, Landsat Science Team members evaluate issues of importance to all Landsat users. They play a key role in ensuring that data from future missions are successfully integrated with already archived remotely sensed data for the purpose of observing national and global environmental systems.

Team Topical White Papers

USGS-NASA Landsat Science Team Statement of Landsat Continuity: Priorities for a Future Land Imaging Architecture for Sustained Landsat Observations (January 2014)
Landsat and Sentinel-2: Synergy, Opportunities, and Issues (January 2014)

2006-2011 Science Team
The 2006-2011 Science Team worked to recommend strategies for the effective use of archived data from Landsat sensors and investigate the requirements for future sensors to meet the needs of Landsat users, including the needs of policy makers at all levels of government.

1996-2001 Science Team
This NASA-led team took on the responsibility to conduct basic research, develop new and innovative methods for using Landsat observations for global change studies, and to evaluate the quality of data acquired by Landsat and other land-surface imaging missions prior to the launch of Landsat 7.

Team Meetings - Agendas and Presentations

Publications by Landsat Science Team members

USGS Announcements of Landsat Science Teams




Landsat represents the world's longest continuously acquired collection of space-based moderate-resolution land remote sensing data. Four decades of imagery provides a unique resource for those who work in agriculture, geology, forestry, regional planning, education, mapping, and global change research. Landsat images are also invaluable for emergency response and disaster relief.


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Landsat Updates

The Landsat Update is an informal communication tool, prepared periodically and distributed electronically to USGS Landsat partners, to provide information about Landsat activities and related topics of interest.

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