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Satellite Imagery Reveals a Changing Global Surface
Released: 7/27/2010 11:00:00 AM

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Menlo Park, Calif. — Ron Beck, a scientist for the U.S. Geological Survey Land Remote Sensing Program, will discuss the ways in which satellite observations are documenting dramatic changes in Earth’s surface features in a public lecture on Thursday, July 29.

From detecting shifting patterns of land use and the harvesting of natural resources to examining the effects of natural disasters like wildfires and mega-earthquakes and the environmental consequences of human-induced disasters, USGS scientists have utilized remote sensing technology to unveil a changing global surface. The upcoming public lecture will focus specifically on how current satellite imagery from USGS’s Landsat program and plans for the next Landsat satellite will provide scientists, planners, and managers with critical environmental information.

The USGS has greatly expanded public access to aerial photography and satellite data through no-cost downloads available online

Who: Ron Beck, Land Remote Sensing Program

What: Lecture on Landsat program and plans for next Landsat satellite

When: Thursday, July 29, 2010
12:00 noon — Lecture preview for USGS employees and reporters
7:00 p.m. — Public lecture

Where: U.S. Geological Survey
Building 3 Auditorium, 2nd-floor
345 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park, California

Map and Directions:  Menlo Park Science Center Campus Map


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