Geeks to go geo global at next USGS lecture

by Linda Hubbard on July 29, 2010

You can see the earth like you’ve never seen it before, thanks to the U.S. Geological Survey Land Remote Sensing Program. Thursday evening (7/29) Ron Beck, one of the Program’s scientists, will discuss the ways in which satellite observations are documenting dramatic changes in Earth’s surface features. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, takes place at 7:00 pm in Building 3 Auditorium, 2nd floor of the USGS located at 345 Middlefield in Menlo Park.

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. Tonight’s 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.

A gallery of images of the Earth As Art is available here.

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