Allen Hosts Geological Society and NASA Science Team Meeting

Monday, May 17 2010

Richard Allen, professor of water resources engineering, and Anthony Morse, former geospatial analysis section director at the Idaho Department of Water Resources, will co-host the summer meeting of the USGS/NASA Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Science Team June 15-17 at the Owyhee Plaza Hotel in Boise. The Science Team is a group of 22 international researchers that uses data from the Landsat earth resource satellites to solve a variety of environmental problems.  The team meets twice a year to advise NASA and USGS on the direction the Landsat program should take.

The Landsat program began in 1972 with the launch of Landsat 1. In the intervening years, five more Landsat satellites have been launched. The LDCM is the joint NASA/USGS program that will culminate in the launch of Landsat 8 in December 2011.

Idaho has a long history with Landsat. Allen, with the University of Idaho Kimberly Research Center, is a member of the team. He and the Idaho Department of Water Resources were awarded the 2009 Innovations in American Government Award by the Harvard Kennedy School of Government for their use of Landsat data in mapping evapotranspiration from irrigated agriculture. Allen and his colleagues have had a significant effect on the Landsat program. Through their efforts, the U.S. Congress funded an additional thermal sensor to be included on Landsat 8. That sensor will enable researchers and managers to better monitor the use of fresh water worldwide.