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Media Advisory: How Will We Sustain a More Populated Planet?
Tracking trends in forests, water, and agriculture - key resources needed by 7 billion people
Released: 11/14/2011 1:00:00 PM

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communications and Publishing
12201 Sunrise Valley Dr, MS 119
Reston, VA 20192
Jon Campbell 1-click interview
Phone: 571-230-6831

Rani Gran
Phone: 301-286-2483

In partnership with: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Expanding demand from a growing world population — now numbered at over 7 billion — exerts unprecedented pressure on global resources, especially forests, water, and agriculture. Observing our world by remote sensing satellites enables scientists around the world to detect the most critical trends in natural resource conditions at local to global scales. Since 1972, the Landsat Earth observation satellites have monitored changes at the Earth-s land surface, including changes in forests, water bodies and agricultural and urban areas. 

Using the nearly 40 year global Landsat record in combination with other Earth observation systems and the latest scientific techniques in Earth imaging, experts in mapping and monitoring our planet will describe present conditions and outline the future of many of Earth's natural resources

Who: Experts on mapping and monitoring the globe by Earth observation from space:
Alan Belward, European Commission Joint Research Centre
Matthew Hansen, University of Maryland, College Park
James Irons, NASA Goddard
Curtis Woodcock, Boston University
Thomas Loveland, U.S. Geological Survey, moderator

Where: 18th William T. Pecora Memorial Remote Sensing Symposium
Hilton Washington Dulles Hotel, Potomac Ballroom
Herndon, VA

When: November 16, Wednesday

Call-in info: US Reporters 888-469-0941
Outside US 415-228-3913
Pass code: Landsat

Video of the press briefing will be streamed live online.

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