USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Weekly Report, February 14-18, 2011
Rolla employee visit week of February 14, 2011.
Eros Federal Employee All-Hands – February17, 2011.
L. Armstrong, J. Sabers, T. Loveland – Landsat Science Team Meeting in
Gilbert, Arizona – March 1-3, 2011.
J. Eidenshink, D. Ohlen, J. Vogelmann, and M. Rollins – National
Disturbance Database meeting – Denver, Colorado – March 7-9, 2011.
NOAA visit to EROS March 7, 2011.
L. Armstrong – PAIGH – Miami, Florida – March 8-12, 2011.
J. Nelson – NSTA – San Francisco, California – March 9-13, 2011.
L. Armstrong – George Wright Society Conference – New Orleans,
Louisiana– March 13-17, 2011.
J. Eidenshink – Hazards Planning Team Conference – Denver, Colorado
– March 14-18, 2011.
**Science and Applications Branch
Upcoming Events and Highlights
CAF management and program managers will be hosted by L. Tieszen on
February 22-25, with visits to Inter-American Development Bank (IDB),
Organization of American States (OAS), USGS Headquarters (tentatively),
and USGS EROS. The workshop at EROS on February 25 will review our
capabilities to provide forest monitoring, land cover change, and carbon
quantification and formulate a plan for action in South America with an
emphasis on the Andean countries.
D. Ohlen and M. Rollins will attend a LANDFIRE Business Leadership
Group meeting in Jacksonville, Florida, February 28-March 3.
A biofuels workshop is being planned for Headquarters sometime in
A biofuels workshop is planned for Headquarters April 6 and 7.
The annual MTBS coordination meeting will be at the U.S. Forest Service
Remote Sensing and Applications Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, March 2-
3. Several EROS MTBS team members will attend to discuss future plans
including tech transfer and the potential for mapping 1970s-era fires using
Landsat 1-3 MSS data.
D. Ohlen, J. Vogelmann, and M. Rollins will attend a set of National
Disturbance Characterization Requirements, Multi-Resolution Land
Characteristics Consortium, and Forest Health Technology Enterprise
Team meetings at the Denver Federal Center, Denver, Colorado on March
J. Stoker has been asked to participate in the National Enhanced
Elevation Assessment (NEEA) Workshop for the Terrestrial topical group
on March 9th.
M. Rollins will attend a meeting of the Joint Fire Science Governing Board
in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, March 21-26.
C. Barnes completed a manuscript on radiative forcing over the
conterminous United States due to contemporary land cover land use
change and sensitivity and began routing it through the USGS review and
approval process. The manuscript was prepared for the 34th International
Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment that will held in Sydney,
Australia in April.
J. Stoker has been asked to present at a panel discussion on the "Future
of Monitoring with Remote Sensing" at the George Wright Society 2011
conference April 14-18th in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The GeoSUR workshop for SDI and data development in South America,
Central America, and the Caribbean is being funded by CAF and the OAS,
organized by the PAIGH, and will occur July 25 - August 5 at the USGS
EROS. ESRI will participate and provide two additional Spanish speaking
National Land Cover Database (NLCD) Project (GAM-affiliated)
NLCD 2006 – Products were released on Wednesday, February 16, 2011,
as scheduled. The list below summarizes the released data products (3
raster layers), and supplementary layers (3 raster layers, 1 vector layer),
along with two reissued layers for NLCD 2001 data products (2 raster
- NLCD 2006 Land Cover - An updated circa 2006 land cover layer
(raster) for the conterminous United States for all pixels.
- NLCD 2006 Land Cover Change – A land cover layer (raster)
containing only those pixels identified as changed between NLCD
2001 Land Cover Version 2.0 and NLCD 2006 Land Cover products for
the conterminous United States.
- NLCD 2006 Percent Developed Imperviousness - An updated circa
2006 continuous imperviousness estimate layer (raster) for the
conterminous United States for all pixels.
NLCD 2006 Supplementary Layers:
- NLCD 2001/2006 Percent Developed Imperviousness Change – A
raster layer containing the difference of those imperviousness values
that changed between NLCD 2001 Percent Developed Imperviousness
Version 2.0 and NLCD 2006 Percent Developed Imperviousness.
- NLCD 2006 Maximum Potential Spectral Change – A raster layer
containing all pixels identified in the raw change detection process and
additional pixels identified as changed in NOAA C-CAP 2001-2006
change products. Raw change includes areas of biomass increase
and biomass decrease with NOAA change pixels identified separately.
Only a portion of these pixels were ultimately selected as real change
during our final protocols.
- NLCD 2006 From – To Change Index: A raster layer identifying a from
and to land cover class index value label for each pixel in the
conterminous United States based on a matrix for all possible land
cover class label change combinations.
- NLCD 2006 Path/Row Index – A vector layer identifying Landsat scene
pair footprints that includes a Landsat acquisition date attribute and
scene identification number attribute for each scene pair used during
the NLCD 2006 change analysis and land cover modeling process.
NLCD 2001, Version 2.0 Land Cover and Version 2.0 Imperviousness
- NLCD 2001 Land Cover Version 2.0 - A new version of 2001 Land
Cover layer for the conterminous United States for all pixels.
Inconsistencies in the original NLCD 2001 Land Cover have been
- NLCD 2001 Percent Developed Imperviousness Version 2.0 – A new
version of 2001 Percent Developed Imperviousness for the
conterminous United States for all pixels. Inconsistencies in the
original NLCD 2001 Percent Developed Imperviousness have been
Everyone in the Center was invited to enjoy refreshments to mark the
successful, on-time release of the data products.
NLCD 2006 – Accuracy Assessment – Final accuracy assessment
protocols were refined and presented to interpreters in a WebEx gathering
on Thursday, February 10, 2011. Interpreters have now begun work on
randomly selected points for two prototype path/rows. Weekly WebEx
meetings are scheduled to provide opportunities for discussion and
NLCD 2011 – Change analysis and mapping protocols have been
presented to our NOAA mapping partner and to the rest of the MRLC
Partners in two separate WebEx sessions. Refinements to the process
are currently being tested in 9 additional path/row prototype areas.
MRLC – The monthly telecon was held Wednesday, February 16, 2011.
Plans for the upcoming Annual Meeting, March 09 - 10, 2011 (Denver,
CO), were discussed, NLCD 2006 products were summarized and a brief
demonstration of the MRLC Website download page was provided.
Rolla EROS employees T. Hale, and J. D. Cox were EROS visitors
February 15 – 17, 2011. Tom and J. D. were engaged in a full agenda
that included individual discussions with all NLCD team members and
hands-on training in cloud masking Landsat imagery for the NLCD 2011
project. For their visit, two computers from the former Land Cover Institute
were updated to provide a machine and access to software and data
required for the hands-on training portion of their agenda.
Land Cover Status and Trends Project (GC- and GAM-affiliated)
K. Sayler and W. Acevedo continued to track down errors in the Land
Cover Trends database. Only 3.1 percent of the sample blocks continue
to display errors. QA/QC procedures flag discrepancies between the land
cover images placed in the database and the final statistics spreadsheets
created for each ecoregion. New automated procedures are now used to
calculate statistics directly from the land cover image data but
discrepancies have been noted with values generated using earlier
procedures that required manual input. These discrepancies are resolved
to insure the integrity of the land cover data. Most errors have been
traced to incorrect versions of the land cover files placed in the database
but errors in the numbers added to the spreadsheets have also been
discovered resulting in small corrections to the final statistics.
R. Auch produced a new version of his manuscript titled “The USGS Land
Cover Trends Project: An Approach to Assess Land Cover Trends in the
Conterminous United States (1973–2000).” Roger incorporated review
comments from his co-authors (Drummond, Sayler, Gallant, and Acevedo)
as he readies the manuscript for technical review. The manuscript will be
part of a book chapter on land use and land cover change.
Early Warning and Environmental Monitoring Project (LRS- and GAM-
J. Verdin participated in a pre-planning meeting for the pilot drought early
warning system for California organized by the National Integrated
Drought Information System (NIDIS) on February 17 at Sacramento State
University. Other participants represented a broad range of Federal and
State agencies with a stake in improved drought monitoring and response
planning. Jim shared the experiences of the NIDIS pilot for the Upper
Colorado River Basin in developing collaborative processes for
communication and information sharing, as an example to refer to in
planning the California pilot.
A. Chander (UNEP-GRID) traveled to Delhi, India, to meet with the
Director and staff at Sharda University. Discussions revolved primarily
around the process of preparing a publication similar to the series "Atlas of
our Changing Environment", including requirements, vision, and
resources. Follow-up activity may include sending a visiting scientist from
India to EROS for technical training.
Land Cover Applications Project (GAM-, LRS-, ESD-, and NGP-affiliated)
L. Tieszen has been appointed to a committee to review the Director’s
“Proposal for Clarifying use of Recommendations Statements in USGS
C. Giri participated in an international workshop in Paris, France, to
advance collaboration to support “Blue Carbon” studies, a result of the
potential role of mangrove systems for climate mitigation.
L. Tieszen presented a seminar “Great Plains Grasslands & Climate
Change: R S for Ecosystem Monitoring & C Flux Modeling” at the SDSU
Gray Tappan returned from a multipurpose trip to Niger, Burkina and
Senegal. He attended a workshop in Niger on agroforestry in the Sahel,
which provided visibility for major successes in increasing on-farm tree
cover. In Burkina, he met with CILSS (a regional organization to combat
the effects of drought in the Sahel) and USAID to discuss a joint four-year
workplan. In Senegal, he reviewed a draft land cover map with key
partners. The map provides unprecedented detail of Senegal's last
The LCA has negotiated PAPA documents with AID/Senegal to receive
substantial funding for research and development in Senegal for 2011 and
the next three years. A similar agreement is being completed for the
same period from AID/West Africa regional program for forest monitoring.
LCA has submitted four tasks as components for the Central Asian
Republic (CAR) proposal requested of the USGS by the AID/CAR. This
supports SDI, ecosystem monitoring, land cover change, and other work.
LCA has also been asked by the USGS/International Programs to submit
projects for research and development in Russia.
M. Cushing is completing training and implementation of low head hydro
applications in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with the CAF.
Arrangements have been made for the CAF to visit the IDB and USGS
headquarters. L. Tieszen has been requested to meet with the IDB as
Fire Science Project (GAM- and LRS-affiliated)
Wildland Fuel Mapping and Modeling
K. Beckendorf successfully completed and passed LANDFIRE: Concepts,
Data, and Methods. This course is one out of six LANDFIRE training
courses that are offered on-line through the University of Idaho.
The LANDFIRE Data Fusion development team met with J. Picotte and J.
Stoker to discuss study site selection and data analysis for research
underlying the fuels and structure improvements to be developed by the
Data Fusion Development Team. Several potential areas were identified.
Burn Severity Mapping
The Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity program continues to QA/QC
historical Alaskan fires (1984-1998) this effort will be completed by the end
The annual MTBS coordination meeting will be at the U.S. Forest Service
Remote Sensing and Applications Center in Salt Lake City, Utah on March
2-3. Several EROS MTBS team members will attend to discuss future
plans including tech transfer and the potential for mapping 1970s-era fires
using Landsat 1-3 MSS data.
A request from the USFS Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory was received
for burn severity data and satellite imagery acquired for the 2010 Four
Mile Canyon fire in Colorado. Archived data was provided and a new
commercial image request will likely be submitted in support of this effort.
Requests for burn mapping were received from the USFS Missoula Fire
Sciences Laboratory and local officials for two prescribed fires in Florida.
One area is located on Eglin Air Force Base and the other on a refuge.
Satellite imagery will be acquired and burn severity data generated.
All 2010 mapped fires are now available for online download at the joint
USFS/USGS BAER Imagery Support Data Download site:
**Data Management Branch
Emergency Operations (EO)
In support of the Haiti Earthquake, LIDAR, ASTER, EO1 and Microsoft Aerial
imagery were posted to the Hazards Data Distribution System (HDDS). A
total of 3.44 TB has been posted to date. Over 49 TB, (539,708 files) have
been downloaded from HDDS by emergency response users.
The Emergency Operations Ingest Software (EIS) 2.0.4, which included
WorldView ingest and expansion on reporting items such as system,
processing time and ingest size, was released to production.
Emergency Operations (EO) Liaison
Traveled to Abuja, Nigeria to support an International Charter Space and
Major Disasters Project Manager training class sponsored by the Disaster
Monitoring Constellation/British National Space Council the week of February
8, 2010. We trained staff members from the Nigerian Emergency
Management Agency, the Nigerian Space Agency, and the Regional Centre
for Training in Aerospace Surveys (RECTAS).
Continue to support the activation of the International Charter on behalf of the
USGS Geology program in response to the earthquake in Haiti. We have
received new imagery collections from Microsoft, U.S. Air Force, and National
Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).
Will attend the Defense Support for Civil Authorities conference in Henderson,
Nevada from February 28 – March 5, 2010.
Information Access and Data Distribution (IADD)
Upcoming Activities and Highlights
NGA Visit (Bethesda, Maryland & Arnold, Missouri Staff) for business model
and technical discussions with Information Solutions – IADD Project – March
NGA visit for discussions with Information Solutions – IADD Project and
GeoInt Data Transformation Service (GDTS) – February 2010 – waiting on
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) visit for business requirement and
technical discussions with Information Solutions – IADD Project – February or
March, 2010, specific dates yet to be determined (TBD).
National Geospatial Programs (NGP) Elevation Business Process Review – –
March 9 – 11 , 2010 at United States Geological Survey (USGS) Earth
Resources Observation and Science center (EROS)
Staff member traveled to Washington D.C. to attend Environmental Systems
Research Institute (ESRI) Federal User Conference and to supporting the
USGS booth – February 17-19, 2010.
Staff continues to test new process flow for Orthoimagery loading and
transition to Image Server Storage Area Network (SAN).
Staff installed ESRI’s Spatial Data Engine 9.4 Beta 2 on SNS20.
Orthoimagery - National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
No report this week
General Information Technology (IT)
The National Map Seamless Server Weekly Statistics
o Users generated 124 custom printable maps as Portable Document
Format (PDF) files on The National Map Seamless Server.
o The National Map Seamless Server delivered 16,687 files of data through
o Through the Tiled Data Delivery System (TDDS) and The National Map
Seamless Server direct downloads delivered 238 files of data
Staff scheduled and handled Oracle Grid downtime during this reporting
period for Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) disk controller
Staff configured Image Server Test System for Read Only access to SAN
data assets and began testing and analysis.
Completed adding the new layer manager to the Landsat Image Mosaic of
Antarctica (LIMA) viewer.
Services Delivery – Viewer
Staff received prioritization of pending The National Map beta viewer bug
fixes with work elements being assigned to technical staff for completion.
Completed work on JIRA#502, modify shaded relief services to make more
Completed work on JIRA#287, modify National Agriculture Imagery Program
(NAIP) scales in mapservice.
Emergency Operations (EMOPS)
No report this week
Information Technology (IT) Security – General
Completed software scans on 35 development servers and on seven
production servers with results being forwarded to appropriate skill groups for
analysis and resolution as needed
Geography Websites (Includes Geography, Land Remote Sensing (LRS),
and Geographic Analysis and Monitoring (GAM) websites)
Began creation of a mock-up for a new home page for the Geography site
Other Science Reimbursable Work
Completed work on a software design to the Integrated Vegetation Mapping
Long Term Archive (LTA)
Prepared a cost estimate for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for the
long term archive the BLM film collection at EROS including generating single
frame meta data, browse, medium and high resolution digital imagery and
providing web enabled downloads though Earth Explorer (EE).
The SPOT 4 satellite has been re-activated and is sending scenes. There are
currently 358 SPOT 4 scenes available for distribution along with 1,137 SPOT
5 scenes in the North America Data Buy SPOT collection.
Changes have been made to GloVis in support Science’s Normalized
Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) product for calendar year 2009. We are
currently waiting for the NDVI data to come from Science.
Tracking Routing and Metrics (TRAM) was modified to create a monthly
TerraLook report showing the number of ASTER scenes as well as the Global
Land Survey (GLS) 2005, GLS 2000, GLS 1990, and GLS 1975 scenes
The 19th USB hard drive of 25 micron scanned Antarctica photography was
sent to the University of Minnesota who are building an archive and
distribution capability for Antarctic researchers.
Scanned, transferred to the archive and web enabled 266 frames of Large
Format Camera film.
Archive Scanning: The Phoenix V scanning systems imaged 6,555 frames
this week resulting in a cumulative total of 116,567 frames (582 rolls) ingested
into the archive and web enabled.
On demand scanning sales: A total of 126 scans were shipped this week.
Scanning backlog is 177 frames on 43 orders. A total of 1,642 frames have
been shipped year to date.
Processed 14,533 scenes in the SPOT historical archive to L1G resulting for
a total of 602,130 SPOT scenes (86% complete) web enabled on EE.
Ingested 1,621 PALSAR scenes resulting in a totaling of 61,789 scenes web
Ingested 2 data sets (0.1 TB) from the High Resolution Orthoimagery (HRO)
Backlog for a total of 114.8 TB in a managed state. Received 1.1 TB of new
data this week. The total backlog is now at 41.2 TB.
The fifth Phoenix V scanner should begin production operations in early
Currently re-building the ingest code in support of the Eagle Vision Radarsat
2 data collection due to Eagle Vision’s change in requirements. It should be
in production within a week.
The next release of the New EE has been built and is ready for testing. It is
scheduled to be released around the first week of April including 29 datasets.
These datasets have been modified to add the Oracle locator corner
During the week of February 22nd there is planned to be a quarterly patch
done to the production systems supporting Oracle.
TRAM is being modified to handle a table consisting of download requests
along with successful downloads. There has been some confusion in
reporting; requested downloads have previously been reported as successful
downloads. We plan on reporting both numbers in the future.
A couple of near-term changes are being implemented in support of the
SPOT 4 and 5 data. The first is that a customer will only be required to
accept the license agreement one time instead of once per scene. The
second enhancement is a bulk download capability to allow authorized users
the capability, similar to Landsat, to provide a file of entity IDs to be
Sample intensity images are going to be created from the ALOS Phased
Array type L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (PALSAR) data. If the tests are
approved, the entire archive will have intensity images created. These
images will then be made available to the public.
Remote Sensing Technologies (RST)
Major Manufacturer of Digital Airborne Sensors at EROS RST:
Intergraph, makers of the Z/I Digital Mapping Camera (DMC) aerial mapping
system, brought modules from their newest digital aerial sensor, the RMK-D,
to test the calibration and collaborate or calibration processes that are used
by the RST project at EROS. RST project continues to test the camera
modules this week with visitors from Intergraph Aalen, Germany and
Intergraph Huntsville, Alabama. The RST project is in the process of
publishing a paper on the results of RST project testing of this calibration
method in order that it can be used throughout the community to improve the
quality of aerial data collected within the U.S. and worldwide)
USGS RST Group Supporting the Civil Commercial Imagery Evaluation
The USGS RST Project through their partnership in the Joint Civil
Commercial Imagery Evaluation (JACIE) is supporting the Civil Commercial
Imagery Evaluation (CCIE) Workshop in Fairfax, Virginia from March 16-18,
2010. Please encourage those who would benefit from your organizations to
register and attend.
Data and Information Management
A strategy for what to transfer with the acetate base affected film to the
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) was developed with
LTA and will include the browse, index, metadata, and approved high-
resolution scan. The first shipment of four rolls is expected to leave EROS
within a month.
Several hundred photos from albums stored in the Film Archive were
reviewed with selected ones being set aside for scanning.
A box containing several hundred 35-mm slides was reviewed for continued
Completed documentation for the acquisition of maintenance and support
requirements for the Exceed Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS). Exceed is a
COTS product that can transform a 386, 486, Pentium, or PS/2 computer into
a fully functional X Window terminal. Exceed allows for the user to run and
display UNIX applications (X clients) from the familiar Microsoft Windows
environment. Exceed also allows for integration of Windows desktops with
environments such as UNIX, VMS, X Window System, IBM mainframes, and
EROS participates in the Bureau Windows Technical Support Team (BWTST)
to keep an ear on developments affecting Windows systems. The EROS
membership on that team has been involved with developing Windows 7
installation capabilities and testing. EROS has been asked to broaden the
test base for Windows 7. A call has gone to the projects to identify about 10
desktops across the center to have Windows Version 7 loaded and tested.
A member of the IT contractor staff attended the Bureau UNIX Technical
Support Team face-to-face meeting this week in Sacramento, California.
Numerous topics pertaining to IT security of UNIX systems and Mac desktops
were expected to be addressed.
The system access and user credential form is being reviewed and updated.
The form is being reduced to the essential information to decide whether a
new user meets IT security requirements to access USGS networks and
The Certification and Accreditation (C&A) effort for the National Map
Reengineering Project is warming up again. The due date for the C&A
submission is early May of this year.
Participated in the weekly Information Technology Security Steering
Committee (ITSSC) teleconference. The primary focus was planning and
review for remediation of the Plans Of Action & Milestones (POA&Ms)
resulting from the Science and System Support C&A effort last spring. This is
becoming a large issue since considerable security changes are expected on
EROS servers with no associated funding to support the efforts. Final
guidance has not yet been received from the IT Security Office. Also
participated in a WebEx presentation on the planned process to enter
Desktop Services Support (DSS)
The Desktop Services User Advisory Panel met this week. The proposed
desktop coordination and installation process was presented. After healthy
panel discussion, final edits were made to the documented process. A
special meeting was called for by the panel for March 2nd to finalize and
concur on the recommended process for desktop coordination, acquisition,
and installation. Basically, the new process returned the full procurement
activity of new PCs to the DSS to be able to anticipate delivery dates and
schedule implementations more effectively.
The DSS Manager met with Technical Service Support Contract (TSSC) and
reviewed several possible performance reports that were derived both
manually and automatically. Both versions of reporting appear to be
favorable but require additional enhancements.
The DSS staff has created a set of standard desktop configurations and plans
to present them to several functional groups. To date, DSS has met with
Science, and is planning to meet with a group of software engineers and IT
Technical Specialists. Pending issues with the configurations revolve around
the use of 64-bit processing, Windows 7, and the use of hyper-thread
Desktop Coordination Activities
Four Help Desk tickets were opened to perform system coordination
Completed 2 peripheral installs.
Completed 1 reuse system install.
Received 1 new install request.
DSS has seven systems available for reuse.
2 Administrative and Management Laptops.
1 Engineering and Development Laptop.
0 Science and Imagery Laptops.
0 Administrative and Management Desktops.
4 Engineering and Development Desktops.
0 Science and Imagery Desktops.
Landsat 5 – Held a telecon with USGS headquarters concerning the Landsat
5 Traveling Wave Tube Amplifier (TWTA) helix current trend. A plan for
testing and mitigation of the rising current has been proposed. The plan will
be finalized late this week.
The Landsat 5 and 7 Monthly Status Review was completed.
Landsat 7 – No significant issues
Processed 9,430 standard recipe scenes (2/12 – 2/18)
o There were 43,405 downloads (2/12 – 2/18)
Corrected a SAN problem that has significantly improved production over the
past two days of the week (produced over 3,000 scenes on 2/18)
Continued work with a company in support of their request for all Enhanced
Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) and Thematic Mapper (TM) data
(approximately 1.8 million scenes)
Worked with TSSC to prepare 1-on-1 session agendas, plenary agenda,
speaker notes, and slide templates for the upcoming Landsat Technical
Working Group #19 (LTWG#19).
Presented a draft of the operations slides for the Landsat Data Continuity
Mission Ground System Critical Design Review
Found a bug in the Level 1 Product Generation System (LPGS) 11.0 system
test code that involved terrain correction. The bug was fixed by releasing the
Image Assessment System (IAS) 11.0.1 this week. The LPGS 11.0 release
has been delayed one week and will be installed on 2/25/2009. This release
will provide 30 meter thermal data and Multispectral Scanner Processed
(MSS-P) production capability on LPGS.
Worked with the LTA project to review plans for the download statistics
**Remote Sensing Branch
Operation Land Imager (OLI) Jitter Environmental Peer Review, Boulder,
CO, February 24, 2011
Landsat Science Team Meeting, Gilbert, AZ, March 1-3, 2011
Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) Flight Build Unit Testing, GSFC, March 7,
Ground Readiness Test (GRT) 5 TRR, GSFC, March 21, 2011
Joint USGS and NASA Cal Val Technical Interface Meeting,
USGS/EROS, March 22-23, 2011
NCT-Svalbard Test Readiness Review (TRR), GSFC, April 29, 2011
GRT6a TRR, GSFC, May 17, 2011
NCT-Gilmore Creek TRR, USGS/EROS, May 20, 2011
Landsat Technical Working Group #20 (LTWG), USGS/EROS, May 23-27,
GRT 4a TRR, USGS/EROS, May 27, 2011
GRT 6b TRR, GSFC, July 28, 2011
GRT 4b TRR, USGS/EROS, November 1, 2011
Accomplishments / Status
Project Management (PM) / Systems Engineering (SE)
Baselined the USGS Master Schedule and Ground System Integrated
Completed important first step in test data generation - Raw Channel
Access Data Unit at Orbital last week. Data files were brought back to
EROS, given security scans, processed through the Demod and archived.
Not all data was successfully captured and issues are noted in some files.
Development team, Cal/Val and Systems are all reviewing information.
Team believes they will need until next Friday, February 25 to review
data. Selected files from this test will be used to reproject Landsat data
for use with the simulator during GRT 5.
Collection Activity Planning Element (CAPE) 2.0 TRR successfully
completed Wednesday, February 16. Formal qualification testing of this
delivery is now under way.
Chris Torbert selected for detail as EROS Biological Carbon Sequestration
Project Manager. In his absence, his duties will be primarily split between
Brian Sauer and Tom Piper.
Established Mission Operations Element (MOE) Level 4 requirements
verification review approach with NASA Systems Engineering.
LGAC - Active
Canada (CCRS) - Conducted the latest monthly telecon. TM data
continues to flow nearly flawlessly from Prince Albert. CCRS expects to be
completed with TM by April 1. Agreed to a data flow and quality check that
will allow CCRS to continue with MSS, which is anticipated to complete by
June 1. TM data in Ottawa at the Booth Street office should begin flowing
by around March 14. ETM+ data is still 2-3 months out due to additional
data formatting and file naming that needs to be implemented.
Japan (HIT) - Will be sending SLC-off data on hard drives in return for
standard L1T products. Also investigating SLC-on data, but available
funding may be an issue. Have requested that we pay for shipping and
customs clearance costs.
Conducted LTWG#20 Kick-off Meeting. Solicited input and revised
agendas based on the feedback. Preparing to deliver agendas to invitees
through the IC Web Portal.
Completed review of the annual refresh to the IC Web Portal. Refresh
went live and was announced to the ICs.
The TRR for CAPE 2.0 was held on Wednesday and level 4 testing
started on Thursday morning.
We are (still) waiting for a patch from Avtec to address the problems with
the serial data/clock outputs on demod unit 6 that is currently being tested
in the USGS/EROS groundstation.
A TRR was held on Tuesday morning for the Ground Network Element
(GNE) Svalbard station for the first three level 5 tests covering the
antenna, S-Band equipment, and X-Band equipment; testing is expected
to conclude this week.
The equipment for GNE Gilmore Creek station (GLC)
installation/integration was installed and set up in the final configuration in
preparation for level 5 testing in March; all objectives of the
installation/integration trip this month were met.
The GLC downconverter finally shipped and was delivered to GLC last
The MOE 3.3 delta lab acceptance test post-test review was held on
Friday (postponed from last Friday when it was originally scheduled).
Mission Readiness Test (MRT) 0.4 (encrypted commanding
demonstration) was successfully executed at spacecraft vendors' facility
on Thursday with no issues interfacing the mission operations center
(MOC) to the flight hardware.
The Data Processing and Archive Segment operations lead began drafting
standard operating procedures for both the Inventory 1.0 and Subsetter
1.0 subsystem releases.
Completed peer review of the IC data validation and exchange plan.
The NASA Flight Operations Team (FOT) successfully completed
preparations for MRT 0.4 – Encrypted Command Test between the MOC
and the Spacecraft. The test is scheduled for execution this week
(February 17, 2011).
Operational product development supporting the utilization of ‘Listen Line’
telemetry continued. ‘Listen Line’ data is received in real-time at the MOC
whenever the spacecraft is powered on.
Preparation for GRT 3 continued with ongoing development by the NASA
FOT and GNE ops.
Science Research and Development
CAPE 2.0 Level 4 testing started on Wednesday and will continue through
Participated by teleconference, the Ball Aerospace Technology Corp
(BATC) OLI, Project Monthly Review on February 17, 2011.
The geometry Calibration Validation Team (CVT) has completed the
preliminary analysis of OLI prelaunch spatial test data. Results show all
spatial requirements are met for all bands and FPMs. There were two
target scans which were unusable due to data anomalies (target was
mispositioned or did not move properly). Alternate data sets for those two
locations (band 5 FPM 14 and band 8 FPM 14) will be sought.
The OLI Engineering Design Unit is undergoing run-in testing by BATC
engineers, which tests components for exposure to space environment
simulation, and longevity of performance.
The TIRS Flight instrument build unit TRR is on February 23, 2011 at
GSFC. The CVT will participate by telecon.
Essential Climate Variable Development
Web-enabled Landsat Data version 1.5 for the year 2006 has been
ingested into the distribution system, with public release planned for
** Administrative Services Branch
Workforce Planning and Staff Development
In-processed Joe Beck as Facilities STEP on February 14, 2011
Provided Rolla employee’s with a Personnel Office Overview
Arranged individual appointments with Rolla staff for personnel questions
Maintained and supported ASB owned/operated servers
Maintained and supported ASB desktops/laptops
Maintained and supported Credit Card Transaction Log
Implementing FBMS - Reports Development and Testing
Implementing FBMS - Reviewing and Updating Internal Processes
Developing Financial and Project Management Reports
New agreements/modifications/MOU’s for action:
o USAID PAPA #624-P-00-08-00060-00 Mod #3
In progress agreements/modifications/MOU’s:
o NASA NNH11AQ41I
o NASA NNG09HP16I Mod #14
o EPA MOU (pending countersignature)
o LS LOC with Ecuador (pending signatures)
o TAA (# TBD) DiMAC Systems s.à.r.l.,Belgium
o USFWS #601819N405 Mod #1
o National Guard Bureau MOU (HQ review)
o Pueblo County, CO MOU
o City of Rolla, MO & Phelps County, MO, USGS/EROS, USGS/Rolla -
o NGA #F2BDEV0071G001 Mod #1
o Department of Natural Resources, Canada PA #24 (Pending
HQ/International Program discussion)
Agreement Training: provide 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,
Got utility and fed-ex caught up
Tracking and fixing our purchase requisitions
Answering project questions on purchase requests
Verifying funding amounts on reimbursable accounts in FBMS and BASIS
Entering new agreements (sales orders) and modifications in FBMS
Reviewing 620 & 680 reports with project managers and cleaning up
Processing adjustments to balance out prior year and current year
Meeting with projects to go over account balances
Reorganizing and relabeling our agreement files by sales order #
Badging processed completed for three new employees
Working on cost estimates for future projects
Work on value engineering submission
Inventorying/Transferring exercise equipment in B-1 to warehouse
Procedure for tracking property purchase by government charge card
Report of Survey submitted to HQ for release of missing system controlled
property, FA# 1003501
Contractor for Access Control Project Plans to be on site next week
Putting together information for COO Plan Meeting to fill out worksheets
Working on GSA badging center issues
**Technical Support Services Contract (TSSC/SGT)
Continue to work closely with Contracting Officer and staff to answer
questions and resolve issues regarding task orders requests, funding
modifications, and invoices.
Two task orders were awarded this week.
The instruction on Acquiring GFE for TSSC/SSSC is being finalized for
THIS WEEK AWARD
New Task Orders Requested 7
- 068 LRS Ecosystem Dynamics
- 080 PIV Credentialing
- 082 Cheatgrass Dynamics
- 083 Southern California Hazards
- 084 EWEM 15 GIS Flood Tool
-085 Data and Information Management
-086 Topo6 ASTER GDEM V2 Validation 1
Task Orders Modifications Requested 0 20
Funding Modifications Requested 1 58
Task Orders Awarded 2
Science Support Services Contract:
Contract is fully staffed at 26 FTE
Property Inventory/Management for TSSC and SSSC:
Working through the discrepancies discovered.
Incorporated comments on the Exposure Draft of the TSSC/SSSC GFE
Instruction. Will review and finalize next week.
Updated purchasing information.
Updating pending property actions.
Have requested clarification from Office of Acquisitions and Grants on
process for Task Order Contract administration.
**Project Management Team
Continuing work on iStat documents.
Began processing monthly EVM – January submission for LSDS.
IT Dashboard has been updated by DOI and the December LSDS EVM
submission resulted in an improved score. Checking with USGS CPIC and
DOI PMD on when the CIO will review our score.
Following procedures issued this week:
o EROS-GEN-23 Scheduling Meetings, v1.0
o EROS-GEN-17 On-Site Storage of Paper Records, v1.1
o EROS-GEN-04 USGS EROS Policies and Procedures, v1.2
Updates were made to the following procedures, based on recent decisions
by USGS and EROS on property management changes. Updates were given
to ASB Property Lead for further review and edit.
o EROS-GEN-09 Bureau Managed Property Management Procedure
o EROS-GEN-12 Property Passes
Cancelled Monthly Progress Briefings scheduled for Friday, March 4, 2011.
Given that the current FY11 Continuing Resolution runs through March 4,
2011 the next set of reporting will need to be financial based and held as
soon as possible after the next set of funding provisions are known. Planning
for next regular-scheduled Monthly on April 7th will be announced later in
Planning underway with C&O Leader for first meeting to kickoff
Communications Working Group on Tuesday, February 22, 2011.
**Communications and Outreach
The Reporter submissions:
o Landsat Science Team to Meet
o USGS EROS Center supports Women in Science conference
o USGS EROS scientists to support several collaborations
o Do Changes in Plant Phenology Affect Migration Patterns?
o Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)
collection is being added to Earth Explorer
Adding the LRS Image of the Week posters to the EROS Image Gallery;
plans to go live the week of March 7, 2011. USGS home page gallery will
link to EROS gallery
Media Inquiry – D. Lammers, Associated Press, Earth As Art 3 (EAA3)
exhibit. Interviewed staff who worked on the concept and production of the
first exhibit. Plans to drop the story in conjunction with the Library of
Congress EAA3 opening
Earth As Art 3 traveling exhibit –
o Library of Congress confirmed they want the exhibit in March and
would like it to hang for up to a year. Working with Jon Campbell,
HQ Communications, on final details
Made changes to Pecora 18 web site
Change requests: 3
Designed poster to promote “Change Over Time” education exercise for
Printed imagery for NSTA
Upcoming schedule of events:
o Lennox 8th grade visit – Mar. 9, 2011, EROS
o Women In Science – March 9, 2011, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
o National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference – Mar.
10-13, 2011, San Francisco, California
o Ag Day – March 19, 2011, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
o Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting –
Apr. 12-16, 2011, Seattle, Washington
o 2011 Western South Dakota Hydrology Conference - April 28,
2011, Rapid City, South Dakota
o ASPRS 2011 Annual Conference – May 1-5, 2011, Milwaukee,
o IP-027362 — Mingshi Chen — Poster — Trends and Uncertainties
of Carbon Stocks and Fluxes in the Eastern Ecoregions of the
United States Using Smoothed Ensemble Kalman Filter
o IP-027814 — Steve Boyte — PPT — Mapping cheatgrass in the
Great Basin using 250-meter eMODIS NDVI
o IP-026179 — Terry Sohl — Journal article — Development of a
land-use and land-cover modeling strategy to support a national
assessment of carbon stocks and greenhouse gas fluxes
o IP-027697 — John Dwyer/Jason Williams — Conference paper —
Centralized Mission Planning and Scheduling System for the
Landsat Data Continuity Mission
o IP-027769 — Sheila Kautz — Web page — Landsat Update -
Volume 5 Issue 1, 2011
o IP-027814 — Steve Boyte — PPT — Mapping cheatgrass in the
Great Basin using 250-meter eMODIS NDVI
o IP-027816 — Bruce Wylie/Matthew Rigge — Poster — Analyzing
the effect of slope aspect on phenology and biomass production in
western South Dakota grasslands using MODIS NDVI
o IP-027887 — Ryan Reker — Abstract — Forecasting Future Land
Use Scenarios of Biofuel Production: Development of a spatially-
explicit land use model for the assessment of biofuels in the
northern great plains
o Ongoing literature search updates/bibliography deliveries: (1)
Tieszen and group, CRS reports;
o Computer issues this week (2/9 - 2/15) slowed down my work.
Issue resolved on 2/15.
o Library January monthly report sent to LAC.
o 18 new/donated books added to the catalog and tech processed.
o Electronic resource assistance: EndNote (3); Other (1)
o New publications in the EROS pubs database or on display: (10)
o Reference questions/Document access and delivery (excluding
o ILL requests: (7 outgoing; 1 incoming)