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1 November 18, 2008 What Next? Kass Green President, ASPRS Presented at the Pecora 17

2 Three Decades of Success The power of the Landsat family of systems to provide consistent measurement and monitoring of the Earth’s resources change cannot be disputed.

3 Coastal Change - Taiwan Landsat TM P118 R43 Jul 21, 1990 Landsat TM P118 R44 Jul 21, 1990 Landsat ETM+ P118 R43 Mar 13, 2001 Images courtesy of MDA Federal

4 November 18, 2008 Images courtesy of Sam Goward

5 Wildfire Risk Assessment and Preparedness Imagery courtesy of Insurance Services Office Orange County, California Cleared for development in 1998, new housing development by 2000 Grass and shrub in 1998, cleared for development by 2000 Grass and shrub in 1998, new housing development by 2000

6 Forest Loss to Agriculture: Soybean Expansion in Brazil ° 45’ 02.03” W, 24° 31’ 07.49” S Map courtesy of USDA FSA

7 Urban Expansion From “Decadal Development Within the Las Vegas Valley, Nevada, from the Year 1950 through 1999” Presented at the ESRI User’s Conference by Michael J. Wallen Southern Nevada Water Authority

8 The Value of Landsat Data In a 2006 survey of 1300 respondents, from across the world, ASPRS learned that loss of Landsat like moderate resolution imagery would cost $1.278 billion annually

9 Thirty Years of Success, But a Program Still at Risk Three years ago, at Pecora 16 LCDM funding was in serious jeopardy The thought of a continuously funded, operational civilian moderate resolution earth observing was still a glimmer in Gene Whitney’s eye

10 As a Unified Community We Wrote letters to the White House and Congress Spoke everywhere we could concerning the societal value of Landsat and the urgent need to stop the continual programmatic uncertainty in the Landsat program

11 Three Years of Progress After decades of being held hostage Landsat data is freely accessible to all users In our wildest dreams, we will not be able to fathom what the world community will be able to create with this free data.

12 Three Years of Success LCDM is funded, being built and is in good shape The National Land Imaging Plan (NLIP) was released

13 Three Years of Progress ASPRS working with America View and the Space Council crafted draft legislation which was presented to Congressional staffers in September of this year in support of the National Land Imaging Program.

14 Three Years of Progress The Department of Interior National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) called for the Presidential Transition Team to; “Establish and oversee an Urgent Path Forward for implementation of geospatial programs necessary to support current national priorities and essential government services underpinning NSDA, such as: Imagery for the National National Land Imaging Program National Land Parcel Data”

15 Three Years of Progress President-elect Obama’s Space Program includes language for “Enhancing Earth Mapping: Obama will continue support for the Landsat Data Continuity Mission, which allows study of the earth’s land surfaces and provides valuable data for agricultural, educational, scientific, and government use.”

16 Three Years of Progress You in this community, the members of ASPRS an other organizations have made a difference. You have had impact

17 But Much More Must Be Accomplished We must implement the recommendations of the National Land Imaging Plan 1. The United States must commit to continue the collection of moderate resolution land imagery 2. The United States should establish and maintain a core operational capability to collect moderate- resolution land imagery through the procurement and launch of a series of U.S. owned satellites. 3. The United States should establish the Land Imaging Program, hosted and managed by the Department of Interior to meet all US civil land imaging needs.  We must secure funding for an operational moderate earth observing program

18 Operational Land Imaging is Critically Needed The American public and the global community need an operational program to collect moderate resolution multi-spectral land remote imagery for Environmental security Homeland security Economic security Food security We cannot manage what we do not measure

19 You Can Make A Difference Do not let anyone tell you that our economic situation is so dire that we cannot save this planet from global warming, poverty, hunger, or the ravages of war. Our community has never been so needed by our county, nor has more been required of us.

20 You Can Make A Difference Yesterday, I listened to an esteemed colleague expound on the gloom of our future, and tell us that we should hope for less. If we believe that the future will be a failure, then we doom ourselves to failure

21 You Can Make A Difference If you believe in the Obama Administration and in America’s ability to reinvent itself with each morning in America, Then America can apply its ingenuity, resources, and passion to playing a leading role in building a brighter future for all of the world’s inhabitants. Any you, because you know what is required to measure and monitor our resources, must be an integral part of that future.


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