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USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center

Weekly Report, September 26-30, 2011

** Director’s Office

  • September 22- October 1, 2011- 4 ICRW, Fairbanks, Alaska- M. Anderson

  • September 28-29, 2011 – Susan Aragon-Long & Teresa Davies, USGS-NSF Liaison, Visit to EROS – J. Eidenshink

  • September 29-30, 2011 - Visit by D. Maune and S. Engel from Dewberry and L. Sugarbaker and J. Mauck from USGS for the National Enhanced Elevation Assessment Study Workshop at EROS- K. Heidermann

  • September 30, 2011- Visit by Dora Ines Rey Martinez – Chief of Planning, Colombian National Geography Institute, Augustin Codazzi (IGAC), Elena Posada - Chief of Center of Investigation and GIS Development, and William Alberto Martinez Diaz - Coordinator for GPS Research- T. Kalvelage

  • October 4-5, 2011 – Jeff Thompson to conduct Native American Diversity Training, EROS – M. Anderson

  • October 9-12, 2011 – GSA Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota – J. Nelson

  • October 19-20, 2011- CLU Quarterly, Reston Virginia- M. Anderson

  • October 31- November 2, 2011- Visit by Lori Caramanian, Matt Larsen, and Sarah Ryker visit to EROS – M. Anderson

** Science and Applications Branch

Upcoming Events and Highlights

  • E. Wood will present "Remote Sensing in Climate Change Research" at the NASA Global Climate Change Education Workshop in Bismarck, North Dakota on September 30 - October 2, 2011.

  • J. Kaufmann will present a paper on the geography of karst at the 2011 National Cave and Karst Management Symposium in Midway, Utah. He will also attend a steering committee meeting for planning the 2013 symposium in New Mexico on October 3 - 6, 2011.
  • There will be a review of program plans for “NASA Carbon Cycle & Ecosystems Program” at the Joint Science Workshop on October 3 - 7, 2011 in Alexandria, Virginia.

  • J. Verdin will participate in an invitation-only International Conference on Climate Services at Columbia University in New York City, to be held October 17-19, 2011.

Land Cover Status and Trends Project (GC- and GAM-affiliated)

  • W. Acevedo, T. Sohl, B. Sleeter (WGSC), M. Drummond (RMGSC), and T. Slonecker (EGSC) presented an overview of the National Land Change Assessment (NLCA) research project during the Climate and Land Use Change Research and Development (CLU R&D) Program Council review of new projects for FY12. The meeting was held using the USGS WebEx Enterprise web conferencing utility on September 28, 2011. The project’s principal investigators were asked to provide a project overview that included the objectives, broad context for the study, what work will be undertaken during the five-year lifespan of the project, the direct relevance of the project to major science questions and/or information needs in global change/climate change science, and highlights and key findings of previous R&D funded research. The presentations were followed up by a Q&A session by the Program Council and the presenters. In a closed session, the Program Council presumably provided Deb Willard (CLU R&D Program Coordinator) with comments and recommendations that will form the basis of feedback for the project by mid-October. The NLCA research team also provided Deb with a detailed work plan, budget, and timeline for the proposed project.

Early Warning and Environmental Monitoring Project (LRS- and GAM-affiliated)
  • FEWS NET staff, C. Funk, J. Rowland, and M. Budde participated in the Third Crop and Rangeland Monitoring (CRAM-3) Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, from September 26 - 29, 2011. The workshop was jointly organized by FAO, the EC Joint Research Center, the Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (host in Nairobi), NASA SERVIR, and USGS FEWS NET. USGS has been involved in defining session themes, identifying and inviting speakers and session chairs, and arranging for workshop funding. [FAO = Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; EC = European Commission; SERVIR is not an acronym]

Land Cover Applications Project - LCA (GAM-, LRS-, ESD-, and NGP-affiliated

  • Submitted a Mendenhall Proposal for FY 2013, “Land cover monitoring of the world using Earth observation satellite data”.

  • Publication: Lei Ji, Li Zhang, Bruce K. Wylie & Jennifer Rover (2011): On the terminology of the spectral vegetation index (NIR SWIR)/(NIR + SWIR), International Journal of Remote Sensing, DOI:10.1080/01431161.2010.510811

  • Publication: Li Zhang, Lei Ji & Bruce K. Wylie (2011), “Response of spectral vegetation indices to soil moisture in grasslands and shrublands”, International Journal of Remote Sensing,32:18, 5267-5286

  • An integrated documentation for funds needed to productively downscale the Yukon River Basin work, which had been funded by the CEN, is being prepared for discussions with Matt Larsen, CLU, by the Yukon River Basin Science Steering Committee.

Topographic Sciences (NGP, GAM, and LRS affiliated)

  • Processed the 1 and 1/3rd arc-second NED update and the tiles have been inspected and approved.

  • For the week of September 16, 2011, the USGS Center for Lidar Information Coordination and Knowledge (CLICK) Bulletin Board had nine new registered members; 82 new topics; 85 new posts; and 1,683 topic views.

  • Added finishing touches to the NGOM shoreline polygon and created a version with the land as the interior of the polygon and one with the water as the interior of the polygon. These two polygons were then utilized to create the shoreline buffer or the topobathy transition zone.

  • Evaluated a new focal-mean raster smoothing method that utilizes a circular moving window, with a 50 pixel diameter, to eliminate or smooth-out unwanted dataset artifact. The method produced a smoother, more natural looking bathy product.
  • The latest NED tiles and extractor code have been copied to the development server, GS523, from where they can be tested and moved to the production servers.

Fire Science Project (GAM- and LRS-affiliated)

  • D. Ohlen will attend a LANDFIRE Business Leadership Group meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah October 4-7, 2011.

  • On October 4, 2011, B. Peterson and K. Nelson will present a noontime seminar titled “Developing a Regional Canopy Fuels Assessment Strategy using Multi-Scale Lidar”.


Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity

  • Over 8000 non-federal Rx and wildfires were in “found” in the southeast, but not mapped during the initial phase of MTBS. 382 two of these fires have been reviewed, and of these, 172 were large enough to be mapped.

  • A cost estimate has been requested for the development of a web browser-based tool to speed analyst review of fires detected by the satellite-based fire detection process.

DOI Burn Severity Support

  • Fire season statistics and burn mapping product generation summaries were developed for Rich Schwab (NPS), the National Burned Area Rehabilitation Coordinator for the National Park Service at the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC).

** Data Management Branch

Earth Observing System (EOS)
  • Over 25,000 invitations have been emailed from the Claes Fornell International (CFI) Group on behalf of NASA to participate in a web-based survey about the quality and utility of Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC) products and services. This is an annual survey that NASA coordinates as part of the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). The ACSI is the #1 national economic indicator of customer satisfaction. Over 70 U.S. Federal Government agencies use the ACSI to measure more than 120 programs/services. The survey is being conducted by CFI Group under contract with the Department of Interior's Federal Consulting Group, Executive Agent in government for the ACSI.

  • On September 13-15, 2011, LP DAAC User Services staff participated in the annual NASA Earth Observing Systems Data Information System (EOSDIS) data centers User Services Working Group (USWG) meeting at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). The agenda included presentations and discussions on data access, user registration, metrics, and outreach. Holding this year’s meeting at GSFC provided many opportunities for Goddard scientists and engineers to learn more about where NASA Earth science data is hosted, what kind of data is available, and what tools are available to access it. On September 14, 2011, Earth Science Data and Information System (ESDIS) sponsored a “Meet-and-Greet” with the NASA EOSDIS Data Center User Services Staff who shared information about user-friendly tools, data access tips, and the types of data sets distributed by each data center.

  • On September 18-19, 2011, LP DAAC staff participated in an annual Technical Interchange meeting between the EOSDIS Evolution & Development (EED) Contractor (Raytheon) and the EOSDIS Data Centers at which the EOSDIS Core System (ECS) is deployed. Representatives from the LP DAAC, Atmospheric Sciences Data Center (Langley) and National Snow and Ice Data Center (University of Colorado) participated in the two day meeting, along with ESDIS Project personnel and EED engineers. Progress over the past year, and plans for the coming year were discussed. This venue provides an opportunity for the Data Center personnel to interact with the broader EED team, provide feedback on the system improvements that have been made, and prioritize upcoming enhancements.
  • The LP DAAC is coordinating the final phases of the validation of the Global Digital Elevation Model version 2 (GDEM2), in preparation for an October 17, 2011 release. Earth Resources Data Archive Center (ERSDAC) has completed an assessment of the GDEM2 over Japan using a 10-meter national grid. The National Geospatial - Intelligence Agency compared the GDEM2 to 1 arc-second Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) data over 20 sites distributed globally. The USGS assessed the GDEM2 over the Conterminous U.S. against 16,000 geodetic reference points, and against 1 arc-second SRTM and National Elevation Database (NED) elevation grids. NASA GSFC assessed the GDEM 2 against a global Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) altimetry dataset, and Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) (as well as ERSDAC) estimated the horizontal resolution of the GDEM2, as compared to other elevation grids. All groups evaluated artifacts due to processing and coverage issues. A final review of the validation results is underway and a formal submission of the results will be submitted to NASA and Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). The GDEM2 is one of the most comprehensive elevation grids available for the globe, and the validation indicates significant improvements over the first version, including better horizontal and vertical accuracy, improved horizontal resolution (on the same order as the 1 arc-second SRTM DEM, and substantial reduction in artifacts identified in the first version.

  • The LP DAAC presented plans for a Data Access Workshop to the Department of Interior Remote Sensing Working Group (DOIRSWG). The 2-day workshop is planned for spring 2012 in Denver, Colorado and will provide DOI remote sensing users with information on LP DAAC datasets and hands-on tutorials of Data Access Tools including REVERB, Earth Explorer (EE), GloVis, DEM Explorer, and MRTWeb.

Emergency Operations (EO)

  • The Long Term Archive (LTA) is wrapping up the data management and distribution support for Hurricane Irene, Texas fires, Missouri tornadoes, and the India earthquake.

Emergency Operations (EO) Liaison

  • Continued to work on action items of the 25th Meeting of the Board and Secretariat for the International Charter for Space and Major Disasters (May 10-13, 2011). The next meeting will be in Montreal, Quebec the week of October 3, 2011.

  • Continued to work with the National Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) group to coordinate image distribution, format, and archive requirements with incoming NRDA datasets. Have completed ingest of the 2011 spring collection of imagery.

  • Writing continued on input to the book “Costa Rica in the third millennium: challenges and proposals for reducing vulnerability to disasters”.

  • Participated in the Interagency Remote Sensing Coordination Cell (IRSCC) working group telecon.

  • Presented the International Charter to the visitors from the Colombian National Geography Institute.

  • Presented a Webex on the Hazards Data Distribution System (HDDS) to Land Remote Sensing management for consideration of possible upgrades for use by the International Charter.
  • Continued work on the Pagami fire in Minnesota, working with the forest service on finding and delivering new data sets and loading high resolution imagery to HDDS.

Spatial Data Warehouse (SDW)

National Geospatial Program (NGP)

  • Data Ingest and Production

  • Ingested 0.872 Terabytes, seven areas, 12,611 images of High Resolution Orthoimagery (HRO) to the Image Server Production System during this reporting period.


  • Viewer & Web services

  • Released 116 HRO areas to a new Orthoimagery web service. The source imagery for the service is served from the Image Server Storage Area Network (SAN). The service includes new areas, updated areas, and data transitioning from the Spatial Database Engine (SDE).

Data Production Download

  • Users generated 37 custom printable maps as Portable Document Format (PDF) files on The National Map Seamless Server.

  • The National Map Seamless Server delivered 12,454 files of data through direct downloads.

  • Through the TDDS delivered 12,604 files of data by direct downloads.

  • Released 26 HRO areas to the TDDS inventory database. Areas are available for download.

  • Continue to check for completeness and copy historical Standard Product HRO from the TDDS hardware to the Mass Storage System.

Long Term Archive (LTA)

  • Two new inventory servers have been awarded so within the next couple of months we will be moving the EE software to two servers and also the inventories to two servers. This will aid us in having redundancy so that we can approach a 100 percent up time.

  • The EE system was down Thursday morning in order to replace a bad disk controller.
  • With the release of the version 2 of the National Land Cover Dataset (NLCD) 2001 collection the version 1 has been put under a restricted access. Only a select set of users will be able to see and download the version 1 collection as per the Land Cover team’s direction.

  • Acquired, archived and processed 1,590 L1A SPOT scenes to L1Gst products for subsequent archive and distribution. To date the SPOT North America Data Buy-2 (NADB) archive totals 27,598 SPOT 5 and 33,888 SPOT 4 scenes for a total of 61,486 scenes web enabled. We have 27,769 SPOT 5 and 48,491 SPOT 4 L1T products that have been generated and web-enabled.

  • Produced 76 on-demand film scans this week. A total of 7,499 frames have been completed to date. Scanning backlog in the production queue totals 448 frames.

  • The Phoenix V systems imaged 12,595 frames this week resulting in a cumulative total of 931,371scanned aerial frames (5,200 rolls) ingested into the archive and web enabled.

  • Archive scanning of the 127 rolls of British Antarctic Survey (BAS) film is 83% complete. A total of 105 rolls (10,725 frames) of BAS imagery are available on EE via the Antarctic Single Frames collection.

Orthoimagery Archive

  • Ingested 8 data sets (.4 TB) of data, for a total of 170.0 TB in a managed state.

  • Loaded 3,536 HRO records this week. There are 1,837,702 images on EE as of September 29, 2011.

Upcoming Events

  • A full resolution jpg image used for creating thumbnails and browse images and will be a downloadable product is being created for the SPOT L1T product and will be released soon.

  • The eMODIS Alaskan compositing development process is close to being complete with the historical compositing process to begin shortly.

  • Web enabling of the eMODIS composites is in development to be released within EE.
  • The LTA support for copying data selected by the SilvaCarbon workshop attendees to firewire drives will continue over the next few weeks. The requested scene lists needed to be reviewed and modified to be compatible with the bulk download and bulk media tools.

  • LTA Support for the Forest Carbon Test (FCT) Sites is expected to pick up with firewire deliveries of data that have been added to EE since the FCT technical points of contact received data back in September 2010.

Remote Sensing Technologies (RST)

  • The Joint Agency Commercial Imagery Evaluation (JACIE) team is pleased to announce The Civil Commercial Imagery Evaluation Workshop, April 17-19, 2012, at the Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks, Fairfax, Virginia. Hosted by NASA, NGA, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and USGS. This will be the 11th annual gathering of calibration and validation information sharing. The purpose of this workshop is to engage Federal agencies, their partners and the Commercial Remote Sensing industry with a growing body of available remote sensing data research and assessment results. The Call for Abstracts is shortly forthcoming.

Data and Information Management

Network Services Development and Planning

  • Held a telecom with six representatives of USGS GeoNet3 team for their review of EROS’ proposed implementation plan for a segmented internal network to meet requirements of the Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) 2.0 mandate. The proposal was well-received, and any suggested improvements offered by the team will be incorporated before the document is provided to DOI Enterprise Services Network (ESN) for final approval. This process began one year ago.
  • Noted the occurrence of record traffic to and from the Local- and Wide-Area Networks (LAN, WAN). The newly configured high-speed public-access port experienced 1,000-megabit/second flows from the LPDAAC server. (Approximately 800 megabits/second of this flow was provided to Boston University servers, a record flow.) A total of 1,270-megabits/second of outbound data was delivered to the WANs, and a total sustained flow of over 7,000 megabits/second occurred across the LAN sub-networks.

Desktop Services Support (DSS)

  • DSS presented to the EROS Property Coordinators the next version of desktop system reuse handling as related to intake and processing of desktop reuse systems between Custodial Property Officers (CPO). Since the inception of reuse, DSS has processed hundreds of transfers from and to the originating CPO days or weeks after the event. This redundant process takes many USGS and TSSC personnel to track and insure that these actions happen. The new plan simply maintains the same CPO for each system until a new CPO is identified after a reuse request has been made. The affected Property Coordinators now have access to their property in Room 342. Each Coordinator has a designated area for their systems. This change represents better tracking and property accountability while saving considerable overhead funding. DSS has incorporated an active online SharePoint Database to advertise desktop reuse systems that incorporates Esignatures for Approving Officials, interactive online forms that allow users to become more vested in their pending installations, and automated messaging to insure that appropriate parties have the necessary information for each reservation.

  • DSS has ten systems available for reuse:

  • Eight Administrative and Management Laptops.

  • Two Administrative and Management Desktops.


Flight Operations

  • Landsat 5 – Traveling Wave Tube Amplifier (TWTA) changed for the better this week. As of last weekend the TWTA performance improved. While this information is preliminary, the helix current dropped and may be stabilizing there.

  • Landsat 7 – Inclination maneuver (Delta-i) planned for October 4, 2011.

  • Landsat 5 – 7 second Velocity maneuver (Delta-v) planned for October 5, 2011.
  • Landsat 5/7 – special request for Thailand flooding.

Ground Operations/Web-enabling

  • Web-Enabling Statistics (September 23 – 29, 2011):

    • Processed 35,319 standard scenes.

    • Downloaded 91,555 standard scenes.

    • Downloaded 6,119 Level 1 Browse scenes.

  • Conducted Level 1 Product Generation System (LPGS) Operational Readiness Review (ORR) for release 11.6.0.

    • This release will complete the port of the Process Control Subsystem (PCS) to Perl.

  • Initial discussion and work statement for the evaluation of the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection (ASTER) GDEM version 2 as a potential replacement for the Global Land Survey (GLS) DEM for use by Landsat and Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) LPGS to provide a distributable product with more consistent heritage and improve quality for Greenland and across the 180 degree meridian.

** Remote Sensing Branch

Upcoming Events/Meetings

  • Inventory R3.0 Test Readiness Review (TRR), October 11, 2011

  • Image Assessment System (IAS) R2.0 TRR, October 20, 2011

  • Ground Readiness Test (GRT) 4B TRR, November 1, 2011

  • Inventory R3.0 Pre-Ship Review (PSR), November 4, 2011

  • Network Connectivity Test-Gilmore (GCT-G) TRR, November 4, 2011

  • GRT 6a Seg 2 TRR, November 14, 2011

  • Pecora 18, ASPRS, Herndon, Virginia, November 14-17, 2011

  • IAS R2.0 PSR, December 5, 2011

  • GRT 4b Post Test Review, December 9, 2011

  • Level 1 Product Generation Subsystem (LPGS) 1.0 TRR, December 19, 2011

  • User Portal R3.0 TRR, December 21, 2011

  • LPGS 1.0 PSR, January 19, 2011

  • User Portal R3.0 PSR, January 25, 2011
  • Landsat Ground Station Operator’s Working Group #40(LGSOWG#40), Bali, Indonesia, January 30-February 3, 2011

  • Mission Management Office (MMO) Database Subsystem (MDS) 2.0 TRR, February 7, 2011

  • MMO MDS 2.0 PSR, February 17, 2011

Land Satellite Data System (LSDS)


  • Briefed the FY2012 funding vs. spending profile to USGS HQ/Budget Office. Several follow-up actions are being pursued.

  • Prepared draft interim LSDS Sensitive But Unclassified guidance, which is now in review and is planned for distribution next week. Final guidance will be incorporated into the LSDS Technology Control Plan.


  • Landsat Global Archive Consolidation (LGAC)

  • Australia (GA-NEO) - CCR 6362 was submitted against the Landsat 7 (L7) Processing System (LPS) to handle Landsat intervals that straddle the international date line and two Calibration Parameter File quarterly boundaries (error found during LGAC ingest); Australia confirmed that their LPS also could not support this interval.

  • Canada (CCRS) - 2nd LaCie drive containing L7 data from Booth Street has been received; provided Canada (CCRS) with a list of L7 intervals that failed ingest; 15 problem intervals from 1999 have been identified so far.

  • Indonesia (LAPAN) - Received 31 additional Digital Component Tapes; approximately 35 tapes still outstanding.

  • Global Land Survey 1990 (GLS1990)

  • Sweden (SSC-ESA) - Kiruna (KIS) data from 2nd hard drive has been ingested; data from 1991-1993 failed; 1994 was successful; 1995-1996 failed; Sweden will be notified of results for further investigation.

  • Global Land Survey 2100 (GLS2010)

  • China (CEODE) - Received updated 2010-present metadata and browse files.

  • Data Exchange
  • China (CEODE) - Added new LTWG20 action item to support electronic data transfer optimization.

  • Russia (ScanEx) - Added new LTWG20 action item to support electronic data transfer optimization.

  • Thailand (GISTDA) - Completed and closed 1-on-1 action item LGSOWG39-BKT03 (USGS -> GISTDA: Provide GISTDA Network Specifications).

  • Received EROS-to-International Cooperator (IC) network configuration information from network team; sent requests out to ICs for traceback connection information used to verify and optimize the network; IC network summary spreadsheet being prepared.

  • Landsat Technical Working Group #20 (LTWG#20): May 23-27, 2011

  • Brazil (INPE) - Reviewed and delivered LTWG#20 1-on-1 minutes -- 12 of 15 complete. Includes delivery of draft new multi-mission framework agreements.

  • Landsat Ground Station Operators Working Group #40 (LGSOWG#40): January 30 - February 3, 2012

  • Indonesia (LAPAN) - Restarted discussions and coordination for upcoming meeting.

  • General

  • Canada (CCRS) - Completed and closed 1-on-1 action item LGSOWG39-CAN03 (CCRS -> USGS: Implement Ground Station Downtime Notification Procedure).

  • Completed proposed 'Sample Data' and 'Software' page updates for the IC Web Portal in support of LDCM data and software availability to the ICs in October.

  • Prepared and submitted FY2011 Accomplishments write-up for the IC network, in particular LTWG#20.

  • Participated in a telecon with the State Department and NASA to discuss adding the USGS as an Implementing Agency under the Kingdom of Norway and USA cooperative agreement.

  • Briefed visitors from the Colombian Space Commission on the IC network.

  • Notified ICs of delayed billings until at least October 23, 2011, due to FBMS issues.

Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM)

Project Management (PM) and Controls

  • Reviewed and approved proposed updates with Technical Support Services Contract (TSSC) for Landsat 8 Development Project Work Breakdown Structure to support Concern Area Report (CAR) from the TSSC Integrated Baseline Review (IBR) in July.

  • Reviewed status of all open CARs from the TSSC IBR in July. TSSC is planning to seek closure on most of them by the end of next week.

  • Reviewed and revised the Earned Value Management (EVM) Interface Control Document to update it to the latest Project Management Book of Knowledge terminology; also added To Complete Performance Index to EVM chart.

Systems Engineering (SE)

  • O data test files in support of Comprehensive Performance Test (CPT) testing at Orbital are being generated. A Hard Drive will be FedX’d to Orbital this week with this information.

  • Additional discussions occurred this week about the need to continue to run data through the Spacecraft/Observatory Simulator (S/OS) and receive copy in a timely manner. Request was made about utilizing one of the network connections between GSFC and EROS to transfer this data.

Ground System Infrastructure

  • Coordinating final network connections between GLC and Mission Operations Center.

  • LDCM network down time moved to October 7, 2011 at cob - firmware upgrade.

Integration & Test (I&T)

  • GRT 4b: Test procedure draft is complete; infrastructure team working installs with completion planned next week; finalizing preparations to start dry runs; TRR planned for November 1, 2011.

  • GRT 6a: Segment 2 – Detailed test procedure development underway; working open questions.
  • NCT-G: Ground Network Element (GNE) upgrades and regression testing planned October 11-14, 2011; dry runs planned October 17-21, 2011; travel submitted for I&T engineer to be onsite at GLC the week of October 17, 2011.

Calibration Validation

  • The Geometry team performed an initial analysis of the image data acquired during the TIRS cryocooler jitter test. This consisted of extracting the imagery, locating the circular target in each image frame, and compiling statistics on the targets position over time. The initial results are encouraging as only 3-5 microradians of image motion were present in most cases.

Operational Land Imager (OLI) Instrument status:

  • The Ball Aerospace Technology Corp (BATC) OLI heater Failure Review Board concluded this week.

  • The instrument was put reassembled to include installation of the Instrument Support Electronics box.

  • The BATC engineers completed 2 sets of comprehensive functional tests. They commanded 2,000 heater cycles, at ambient temperatures. There were no further failures. It was determined that there is no residual risk on other capacitors. The root cause was determined to be a cracked capacitor. It is not clear whether it was a manufacturing default, or cracked in testing. The team is discussing special monitoring on orbit. They may monitor turn-on profile to watch it. The BATC engineers moved the heater thermistors due to erroneous temperature profiles.

  • On Sunday October 2, 2011 the OLI will be loaded on the truck to go to Orbital in Gilbert Arizona. Will be leaving at 7:00 pm on Sunday and arrives at 2:00 pm on Monday, October 3, 2011. Mechanical integration is expected to take place the week of October 17, 2011. Electric integration is on hold and will be determined in the coming weeks.

  • The Calibration Validation Team attended by telecon the OLI Project Monthly Review held on September 28, 2011.
  • The EROS server has arrived in Gilbert, Arizona at Orbital Sciences Corp (OSC). EROS engineers set up the system and they ran some basic commands on it to check functionality.

TIRS Instrument status:

  • The TIRS flight instrument has completed Thermal Vacuum (TVAC) 1 testing. We expect to receive TVAC1 data in the next couple of weeks. TVAC2 is planned for late October or early November and they will be collecting additional test data.

Data Processing and Archive Segment (DPAS)

  • The LDCM DPAS team completed DPAS Build 2 testing, which provides the initial LDCM Level 1 processing capability.

  • The Pre-Ship Review (PSR) for DPAS B2 was completed on September 28, 2011.

  • Work continues on the subsystem releases that will comprise DPAS Build 3.

  • Work continues on Release 1 of the LPGS, Release 2 of the IAS, Release 3 of the Ingest Subsystem, Release 3 of the Inventory Subsystem, and Release 3 of the User Portal subsystem.

  • The DPAS team is overseeing the configuration of a Cal/Val server which will be sent to Orbital to assist with performance and instrument testing.

  • The Cal/Val server was shipped to Orbital this week for configuration and installation into the test environment.

Ground Network Element (GNE)

  • A short debrief for the RF compat testing was held on Wednesday as part of the mission readiness test (MRT) technical interchange meeting (TIM), There were no compatibility issues reported and all tests were passed.

  • The equipment used for RF compat testing has been shipped back and was received.

  • The new exciter was delivered on Tuesday, but it took a few days to get the unit delivered to computer room 2 as the financial system (FBMS) was down for year-end closeout and the delivery could not be logged into the system.
  • The vendor reported that the drive mounting hardware for demod 3 (unit send to Orbital last summer for the engineering model (EM) test) was broken causing intermittent connections; They are repairing and testing the unit, which will be shipped back to USGS/EROS for further testing when they are done.

  • We have started planning for regression testing at the GLC the week of October 10, 2011, prior to the start of network readiness testing (NCT-G).

  • We have been having discussion the Landsat operations on how the USGS equipment at GLC will be cooperatively operated and maintained

  • A procurement was submitted for a new internet KVM switch with lower latency to be used for remote administration of USGS systems at GLC; it will be procured via credit card on Monday once the new fiscal year starts.

  • The IOnet questionnaire was completed and sent back; NASA is willing to bring up the IOnet connection to GLC if we provide a draft security agreement that is in process to being signed.

Mission Operations Center (MOC)

  • The Collection Activity Planning Element development team completed the Low Level Design work, and associated documentation for Build 3. The development team is now working on Code and Unit Test of Build 3.

  • Mission Operations Element (MOE) Build 4 System Verification Testing continues.

  • The project invested considerable effort in prioritizing, assessing and organizing the work elements (test discrepancy reports, enhancements, etc) for the upcoming, 4.0.3 and 4.0.4 MOE builds. This included identifying all the launch-critical items.

Flight Operations

  • The Flight Operations Team (FOT) supported an Operations TIM this week, focused on the planning of MRT 3 and 4, including:

  • Defining the scope and content of MRT 3 and MRT 4.

  • Breaking up the operations within each test into Segments.

  • Defining the high level order of operations within each Segment.

  • Developing lists of configuration requirements and dependencies based on the test definitions.
  • Reviewing the content of all required Narrative Procedures with Orbital, and discussing the delivery process and current status for all required NP's.

  • The FOT worked with staff from Orbital, who was onsite, to troubleshoot issues with the S/OS.

LDCM EROS Operations

  • Continue working DPAS SOPs, some are in review.

  • Updated GNE SOPs – Update & EPOCH Related Staff Training (Reboot of DCRS Workstation, Completed DCRS-05-002 Manual GLC Transfer to DCRS)

  • Supported LGS AVPD L5 internal testing for troubleshooting GLC problems.

  • Operational validation of the DEU EPOCH fix did not pass. May result in another DEU driver.

  • Installed LSIMSS 3.3.0 beta2. Tom is testing the release. Initial results are not good.

  • Installed v3.16.3.1 software on AVPD1. Initial data has failed miserably. Will try to reinstall the software today or tomorrow and retest.


Landsat Science Team

  • The solicitation for the recomplete has not yet been released, which will probably put awards off until January 2012.

Science Research and Development

  • Results from User Portal testing are being evaluated to determine the prioritization of further investigations and submission of future change requests.

Education and Public Outreach

  • Image of the Week: Elephant Butte Reservoir 1991 - 2011 posted to Landsat Image Gallery (Recent Image box:

  • Pecora conference exhibit planning is in process.

** Administrative Services Branch

Workforce Planning and Staff Development

  • Processed reassignment of Jan Nelson and John Faundeen to the PMO effective September 25, 2011
  • Administrative Assistant position in Data Management Branch opened September 19, 2011 and closed September 30, 2011

  • Laura Swanson (STEP) in Science and Applications Branch will out-process on September 30, 2011

  • Extended appointment for Jeremy Werner (STEP) in Science and Applications Branch

  • Hosted Webinar on September 29, 2011 on Safety for Supervisor: How to keep your people safe

  • Anastasia traveled to SDSU with visitors Susan Aragon-Long, Terry Davies and a delegation from EROS


  • Supported Strategic Planning Implementation efforts: worked on options for upcoming Quarterly

  • Prepared overview materials for CLU visit

  • Finalized ASB FY11 Accomplishment write-ups

  • Submitted ASB Monthly Report input for August and September

  • Updated ASB website

  • Compiled draft FY12 Milestones

  • Reviewed draft DOI Facilitator Certification application package and TSA's Facilitator Training materials for possible DOI use

  • Discussed possible mediation for another USGS Center with HQ


  • Finalized Agreements/modifications/MOU’s:

  • USAID PAPA #624-P-00-08-00060-00 Mod #4

  • EPA #DW-14-95770601-0

  • New Agreement/modifications/MOU’s for action:

  • EPA #DW-14-95770601-0

  • In-progress Agreements/modifications/MOU’s:

  • USFWS (Agree #TBD)

  • FEMA #HSFEHQ-10-X-0940 Mod #2

  • USDA/FS #11-IA-11261989-082

  • NASA NNNG09HP16I Mod #17

  • NPS #F9560100099 Mod #2 (pending countersignature)

  • NOAA #NA09AANRG0130 Mod #2

  • LOA with State of Kuwait (International Program #KU-05.0000)

  • CSIR, South Africa Letter of Exchange/Annex I(b) amendment

  • TAA (# TBD) DiMAC Systems s.à.r.l.,Belgium

  • National Guard Bureau MOU (HQ review)

  • Pueblo County, Colorado MOU

  • City of Rolla, Missouri & Phelps County, Missouri, USGS/EROS, USGS/Rolla – MOU

  • NGA #F2BDEV0071G001 Mod #1

  • Department of Natural Resources, Canada PA #24 (Pending HQ/International Program/Canada discussion)

  • Agreement Training: provided ongoing on-the-job training and information to Budget Analysts and Technicians in the following: Agreement review, Agreement Checklist preparation, Agreements Coordination Information System (ACIS), DUNS numbers, Appropriation Symbols, Fund Codes, ALC, etc


  • Assisting projects with FY 2012 reimbursable budgets

  • Creating Billing back-up documentation for reimbursable customers

  • Determining FY 2011 Carryover after commitments fell off

  • Working with Task Leads to restructure Overhead accounts

  • Working with Projects on plans to submit FY 2012 Purchase Requests for FY 2011 commitments that did not get obligated through OAG

  • Manual Billing Ground Stations, submitting form to HQ to send to customers

  • Analyzing Year End Reports

  • Updating the Ground Station spreadsheet for FY 2012

Facility Management

  • 65% Submittals for Indoor Cooling Tower

  • Room 430 Project Awarded

  • Pending Award on Window Replacement Project September 29, 2011


  • Processed 13 Purchase Orders as GR and/or SES in FBMS

  • Following up on Credit Card Shipment to ensure items were shipped from vendor
  • Entered all items picked-up and signed for by the tribes into Master Excess File and getting ready to extract into historical file along with the 9-064


  • Attended annual South Dakota Safety Conference, picked up EROS Safety Award

  • Attended DHS Tabletop roundtable presentation on Active Shooter Situations

  • In-Progress: Reviewing and updating EROS OEP and adding Active Shooter Situation

** Communications and Outreach

  • Image of the Week:

    • Elephant Butte Reservoir, New Mexico -

  • The Landsat 5 Story – first draft complete

  • Continuing work to move Landsat factsheets through review and approval

  • Landsat 40th

    • Design drafts complete for the Tri-wall exhibit and three banner stands

  • LDCM NASA/USGS PAO telecon

    • Discussed press briefing pitches for Fall AGU conference

  • Tracking Change Over Time educational exercise

    • All reviews complete – now posted on USGS Publications Warehouse


  • Set up new version of Reference manager on external facing virtual server

    • Next step - add EROS publications

  • Continued updates to Pecora 18 web site

  • Working on AddThis button

  • Change requests: 4

Front Desk

  • Visitors: 111

  • Tours: 10

  • Upcoming scheduled tours:

    • Ladies Group October 14, 2011 15 guests expected

    • Home School Group October 20, 2011 75 guests expected

    • U of N Iowa, Geography Class October 21, 2011 12 guests expected

    • Home School Group December 5, 2011 75 guests expected

Media Services

  • Continued work on:

    • Landsat 8 countdown exhibit for lobby

    • EROS Timeline exhibit

  • Completed first draft of Landsat 40th exhibit and banners

  • Designed brochures for EarthExplorer and GloVis

  • Provided ND State Mosaic prints for S. Shivers


  • Shipping EAA3 imagery to Ft. Berthold College in North Dakota

  • Provided handouts to J. Rover for Chester Area school and Cornell University presentations

  • Working with T Borchardt to update the EROS Virtual Tour on external web

  • Preparing cover letter for Tracking Change Over Time education exercise

  • Upcoming schedule of events:

    • Yankton Women In Science – October 18, 2011, Yankton, South Dakota

    • First Lutheran Church – November 12, 2011, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

    • GSA Conference – October 9-12, 2011, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    • Pecora – November 14-18, 2011, Herndon, Virginia

    • AGU – December 5-9, 2011, San Francisco, California

    • AAG – February 24-28, 2012, New York, New York

    • ASPRS Spring Meeting – March 19-23, 2012, Sacramento, California

    • NSTA – March 29-April 1, 2012, Indianapolis, Indiana

Pub Review

  • Approved: (6)

    • IP-032692 — T. Houska — Web page — HCMM Product Page - radiometer & registered

    • IP-032880 — R. Auch — Abstract — Land Use and Land Cover Change in Three Corn Belt Ecoregions: Similarities and Differences

    • IP-032711 — C. Jenkerson — Web page — Landsat Surface Reflectance User Feedback Template
    • IP-032731 — R. Singh — Conference paper — Sustainability of Water Resources in the Central Great Plains of the United States under Changing Land Use and Climate Change

    • IP-032891 — C. Jenkerson — Abstract — Pecora Landsat Roundtable Abstract

    • IP-026521 — T. Adamson — GIP — Tracking Change over Time

  • Entered: (9)

    • IP-032852 — C. Funk — Journal article — How the past can help prevent future food shortages

    • IP-032861 — T. Sohl — Journal article — Spatially explicit land-use and land-cover scenarios for the Great Plains of the United States

    • IP-032880 — R. Auch — Abstract — Land Use and Land Cover Change in Three Corn Belt Ecoregions: Similarities and Differences

    • IP-032891 — C. Jenkerson — Abstract — Pecora Landsat Roundtable Abstract

    • IP-032949 — D. Tyler — Abstract — Challenges Encountered During Generation of Hydrologically-Conditioned, High-Resolution Contours Derived from the National Elevation Dataset (NED) and the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD)

    • IP-032954 — R. Auch — Professional Paper — Recent Land Use and Land Cover Change in the Eastern Corn Belt Plains Ecoregion, 1973-2000

    • IP-032976 — Z. Tan — Journal article — Current and potential sustainable corn stover feedstock for biofuel production in the United States

    • IP-032979 — J. Fry — Fact Sheet — The Multi-Resolution Land Characterization Consortium and the National Land Cover Database

    • IP-033002 — J. Liu — Abstract — Impacts of climate change, natural disturbance and land use change on ecosystem productivity of the Klamath Mountains Ecoregion, USA: 1971-2010s


    • Literature Research/Assistance

      • New literature search requests/bibliography deliveries: (0)

      • Ongoing literature search updates/bibliography deliveries: (2)

        • Wylie and group, remote sensing/flux;

        • Boyte and group, bioenergy/biofuels

      • Update of other scheduled searches: (11)

    • Publications Database/Archive

      • Finished editing author term lists for consistency, in preparation for mounting a copy of the Reference Manager search tool on the EROS external page.

      • Began editing keywords term lists for consistency, in preparation for mounting a copy of the Reference Manager search tool on the EROS external page.

    • Miscellaneous

      • Library August monthly report completed and sent to Library Advisory Committee.

      • Ordered ten new books for the collection.

    • Stats

      • New Publications/Presentations added to the EROS Publications EndNote Libraries: (4)

      • New Publications added to the EROS Authors in Recent Publications on the Library Web Page: (3)

      • New Publications added to the EROS Authors Library Display: (2)

      • EndNote Instruction/Assistance: (1)

      • Electronic resource assistance: (0)

      • Reference questions/Document access and delivery (excluding ILL): (44)

      • ILL requests: (19 outgoing; 0 incoming)

** Project Management Team

  • Held a FY 2011 (Through the Months) meeting. Planning continues. Feedback prepared for Senior Staff. Working on selected publications with Librarian.

  • Held Communications Working Group meeting. Efforts continue finalizing initial draft plan.

  • Participated in Multi-Missions Team reviewing life cycle management examples.
  • FY 2011 accomplishments due September 30, 2011. Sent reminder out. Working with inputs coming in.

  • Submitted Q4 FY11 Systematic Analyses report to CLU LRS headquarters.

  • Preparing guidance for Q4 Strategic Planning Implementation quarterly for October 12, 2011.

  • FY12 milestones due October 14, 2011. Preparing PMO, DO, and Center wide compilations.

**Technical Support Services Contract (TSSC/SGT)

  • Contract Year 2 Task Order Status

  • Active Task Orders: 61

  • Contract actions:

  • Pending award: 1 new task order, 6 modifications

  • Completed this week: none

  • Submissions this week: none


  • Will be working with Project Managers on revising or submitting new Science Requirements Documents based on fiscal year funding changes.

  • Upcoming Science Seminar on October 4, 2011: “Developing a Regional Canopy Fuels Assessment Strategy using Multi-Scale Lidar,” by B. Peterson and K. Nelson

Property Inventory/Management for TSSC and SSSC:

  • Requested & reserved installs.

  • Requested pick-ups of old equipment.

  • Updated FBMS in regards to transfers & new equipment

  • Accepted 9-065’s.

  • PO for 23 laptops for DAAC has been ordered by Procurement. Reserve installs have already been submitted. I am having the names verified before submitting install requests.

  • Working with HQ on the discrepancy report & transfers. They will get with me the week of September 19, 2011 to go over.

  • Updated the COR Tracking FY2011

  • Updated several spreadsheets.

  • Had meeting with Jonna & Joy in regards to the new upcoming process for reuse equipment.

  • Working on removal of GFE procedure.


  • Have requested clarification from Office of Acquisitions and Grants on process for Task Order Contract administration.