Canadian Forest Service Publications
Preface to Landsat Legacy Special Issue: Continuing the Landsat Legacy. 2012. Wulder, M.A.; Masek, J.G. Remote Sensing of Environment 122: 1.
Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre
Catalog ID: 34004
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Since the launch of its first satellite in 1972, the Landsat program has demonstrated the insights that can be obtained through Earth observation at a resolution sensitive to both natural and human drivers. As a result, both scientific debate and environmental policy development are increasingly aided by information from the Landsat satellites. The scientific and operational uses of Landsat data are innumerable and exhibit increasing rigor and sophistication. The US Geological Survey's (USGS) decision in 2008 to make standard data products freely available through the internet was a watershed event in the history of the program, and has led to ambitious analyses previously precluded by data costs and processing requirements.