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					      USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
                    Weekly Report, February 5, 2010

**Science Division
Upcoming Events and Highlights
    R. McKinley and co-author R. Frisk (BLM Ely FO) will be presenting a
      poster titled "Characterizing a Prescribed Fire Using Remote Sensing" at
      the Society for Range Management 63rd Annual Meeting, February 7-11,
      2010, in Denver, Colorado.
    L. Tieszen will be involved in the MOU implementation and development
      of Annex activities with the U.S. Virgin Islands in support of an NSF
      geospatial capacity building award on February 8-1, 2010.
    Joint Fire Science Program Fire Climatology workshop in Tucson, Arizona
      the week of February 9, 2010. (Rollins)
    Visit by G. Withee, International Programs on February 17-18, 2010 to
      review international applications, research, development, and other
      activities. He will present a seminar.
    Vegetation Databases and Climate Change in Hamburg, Germany on
      February 24-26, 2010.
    LANDFIRE BLG meeting and a LandCarbon writing working session the
      week of March 1, 2010 Salt Lake City, Utah. (Rollins)
    LANDFIRE BLG Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia on March 4-5, 2010.
    The USGS Climate Change Conference will be held March 9-11, 2010 in
      Denver, Colorado.
    The LCA will participate in the Savanna Remote Sensing Workshop on
      March 2-4, 2010 Ft. Collins, Colorado. The workshop will outline science
      priorities for integrated field, aircraft, and satellite-based studies designed
      to optimize the future of remote sensing in the savannas and related tree-
      grass systems for the NASA Terrestrial Ecology Program.
    FCCS / LandCarbon meeting in Seattle, Washington on March 17-18,
      2010.
    Visit to the Seattle Fire Science Laboratory the week of March 14, 2010 to
      discuss operational mapping of Fuel Characteristics Classification System
      for LandCarbon. (Rollins)
    R. McKinley will be traveling to Salt Lake City, Utah, to coordinate with the
      USFS Remote Sensing Applications Center (RSAC) staff in regard to the
      online distribution of DOI Burn Area Reflectance Classification
      (BARC)/Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team burn severity
      data. A trip is tentatively planned for February or March 2010.
    K. Nelson is enrolled in intermediate fire behavior (S290, March)
    R. Singh submitted an abstract titled "Satellite-based Evapotranspiration
      and Gross Primary Productivity for the Mid-Continent Intensive Campaign"
      for presentation at the 3rd USGS modeling conference to be held in
      Denver, Colorado, June 7-11, 2010.



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      Topographic Science staff have been invited to speak at the 2010
       GeoWeb conference (http://geowebconference.org/) July 26-30, 2010
       Vancouver, British Columbia.


Land Characterization Project (GAM-affiliated)
   North American Land Change Monitoring System
    Project staff supported a telecon with the NALCMS group, that decided
     the digital version of the 2005 landcover data will be released by the end
     of the month. eMODIS processing of NALCMS requirements is
     progressing, and the 2005 landcover accuracy assessment is in the final
     design phases.
   Wyoming Sagebrush task
    Submitted a requested proposal from the BLM Washington office to
     support the modeling of the entire Great Basin with our sagebrush
     products ($2.3 million effort) to be paid out of DOI job creation funds.

National Land Cover Database (NLCD) Project (GAM-affiliated)
    The USGS EROS hosted a USGS NLCD 2006 WebEx meeting to review
      progress and discuss NLCD 2006 issues among USGS mapping teams.
    A paper by G. Xian and C. Homer was submitted to Remote Sensing of
      Environment titled "Updating the 2001 National Land Cover Database
      Impervious Surface Products to 2006 using Landsat Imagery Change
      Detection Methods".

Wildlife Landscape Research Project (STBR-, WTER-, GCR-, and GAM-
affiliated)
No input this reporting period.

Land Cover Status and Trends Project (GC- and GAM-affiliated)
      C. Barnes prepared an abstract for the USGS Climate Change
        Conference that will be held March 9-11, 2010, in Denver, Colorado.
        The abstract is for a presentation on the impact of snow and inter-
        annual albedo variability on surface radiative forcing due to
        contemporary U.S. land cover and land use change. Satellite derived
        land cover land use (LCLU) change, albedo, and snow cover data for
        the conterminous United States (CONUS) was used to study the
        impact of LCLU change from 1973 to 2000 for 58 ecoregions covering
        69% of the CONUS. This study demonstrates the value and
        importance of regional spatially and temporally explicit snow and inter-
        annual albedo data to quantify, and begin to understand, the drivers of
        LCLU related surface RF which remains poorly understood.
      C. Barnes, J. Taylor, R. Auch, and C. Ryan completed land cover block
        interpretations for nine sample blocks this past month. Using the
        projects standard methodology, a Landsat image was selected for the
        initial baseline land cover mapping followed by forward and backward

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          classification of any changes seen in the Landsat images for the other
          core dates. Change matrix images and a time series animation of the
          land cover were generated, upon completion. The interpreters also
          wrote block interpreter summaries containing general comments about
          the block, information on the core dates used, and any difficulties
          encountered.

Early Warning and Environmental Monitoring Project (LRS- and GAM-
affiliated)
         A new USGS student employee started with the USGS EROS. B.
            Stricherz will be working on evaluation of the Vegetation Drought
            Response Index (VegDRI) geospatial data utilizing climate data from
            Remote Automated Weather Stations (RAWS) on Bureau of Land
            Management lands in the Upper Colorado River Basin and the
            Owyhee Basin. Project goals include a demonstration of VegDRI for
            monitoring drought severity in 2010 and a report describing the
            performance and validity of VegDRI for characterizing drought severity
            on BLM rangelands during 2009 and historically.

Land Cover Applications Project (GAM-, LRS-, ESD-, and NGP-affiliated)
      Radar imagery (ALOS, RADARSAT2, JERS, ERS), extensive field plot
        soil moisture data and coordinates, and ancillary data were sent to L.
        Chavez who is the successful bidder on the Radar moisture contract
        for the Yukon River Basin project.
      Abstracts submitted to the USGS Climate Change Science:
        Understanding the Past, Informing Decisions for the Future:
             "Quantifying changes in terrestrial and aquatic ecology in the
                Yukon River Basin" by B. Wylie, L. Ji, M.A. Waldrop, J.A. Rover,
                D. Nossov, J.W. McFarland, and T. Hollingsworth.
             "Quantifying surface water in the Yukon River Basin" by J.
                Rover, B. K. Wylie, K. Wickland, B. Griffith, and D. Dahal.
             "Modeling future climate change effects on Big Sagebrush
                (Artemesia tridentata) and the ecosystem performance of five
                rangeland types in the Owyhee Uplands, USA" by S.P. Boyte,
                B.K. Wylie, Y. Gu, and D.J. Major.
      Abstract titled ―Comparison of eMODIS and standard MODIS NDVI
        products for Alaska and adjacent Canada‖ by L. Ji, B. Wylie, B.
        Ramachandran, and C. Jenkerson was submitted to the USGS Climate
        Change Conference (March 9 –11, 2010, Denver, Colorado).
      A pre-proposal titled "Future Great Plains Grasslands", PI B.K. Wylie
        was sent to Jay B. Hestbeck to include in the Central Region
        responses to the Fish and Wildlife Service requests for Landscape
        Conservation Cooperatives ideas.
      A paper titled "A new self-trained classification model for producing 30-
        m percent water maps from Landsat imagery" by J. Rover, B. Wylie,


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         and L. Ji was accepted for publication in the International Journal of
         Remote Sensing.
        Continued to monitor and update daily graphics posting of water
         balance monitoring products for Africa and Central America.
        High Plains ET Project: More progress was made on the project where
         ten years of ET maps will be delivered during FY10. In the past month,
         five years (2004-2008) of monthly ET grids were supplied to the New
         Mexico Water Science Center.
        Columbia ET project: a revised approach was discussed and accepted
         by the Oregon Water Science Center in fixing the irregularities
         encountered in the previous month. We plan to complete the re-
         processing of the historical ET by the end of February.
        Iraq Water Supply and Demand project: Initial work has begun by
         acquiring time series MODIS data for the project.
        Nevada Transect ET project: extension of the second year funding was
         approved by Nevada Water Science Center. Project will be completed
         by the end of FY10.
        The proposal intent submitted to NASA was selected to submit a full
         proposal by June. ―Detecting, quantifying, and characterizing
         agricultural changes in the Hindu Kush Himalayas (1990-2010)‖, PI- C.
         Giri.
        Accepted an invitation to present at the IUFRO(International Union of
         Forest Research Organizations conference. ―Contemporary frontiers
         in forest inventory and assessment using successive remotely sensed
         data‖ at the 23rd IUFRO World Congress (August 23-28, 2010) in
         Seoul, Korea.
        G. Senay participated at the first technical working group meeting for
         the GEF International Water: Science project, January 24-28, 2010,
         Macau, China. There were about 70 participants from 34 countries,
         including about five from the United States. The main purpose of the
         IW: Science project is to evaluate the "science" in the GEF projects.
         This will require reviewing several documents for each GEF-funded
         project from "proposal" to "final reports" to find out the scientific
         contributions or deficiencies and recommend GEF on future
         approaches to its projects. The main lesson was to reach to an
         understanding that the ―IW: Science‖ review process will focus on
         evaluating the scientific method and outcome of the GEF projects
         rather than evaluating the success or failure of the different projects.
         The working group will produce a synopsis and analysis report for each
         of the projects they review in their respective ―ecosystems‖. They will
         review the project documents between now and the next meeting
         (sometime in August/September 2010) to finalize and produce a
         synthesis report.

Topographic Sciences (NGP, GAM, and LRS affiliated)


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   Preparations are being made for the NED update release scheduled for
    February 8, 2010. The NED 1 and the NED 1/3rd portions of the update
    are complete and ready for release.
   Over 100 GB (12 datasets) of NED 1/9th arc-second data have been
    successfully copied from edcsns18-GASR-16 to the Topographic
    Sciences SNS24 GRID database for the February FY10 NED 1/9th data
    release. Spatial metadata files have been updated and loaded to sns18
    GASR-16 in preparation for the final copy to SNS24-GRID for the release.
   NED 1/9th data processing completions and prepared for loading into
    SDE:
           RedRiver_Block_G (4.31 GB), New Jersey_South (3.46GB), New
           Jersey_MercerCo (580MB), and Washington_Mt_Ranier (581MB)
   TSSC staff is evaluating techniques for filling data voids in NED 1/9th arc-
    second data for the California Delta region. DEM datasets have been
    created with void regions filled using the adjacent minimum elevation and
    cost distance weighting for flowing water bodies such as rivers.
   The staging and transferring of about five TB of lidar data from portable
    hard drives to the EROS silo was completed in order for Topo team to
    have easier access to data. The software administrator continued to set
    systems up for ArcGIS beta 2 testing for the NED task. The effort
    included spending time retrieving proper licensing from ESRI for beta two
    products as well as installation and configuration on multiple systems.
   TSSC supported GTOPO30 for NGA by completing the quality assurance
    (QA) for both the North America and Eurasia SRTM (Shuttle Radar
    Topography Mission) products. The data is currently being copied to
    sns21 for archival.
   The staging and transferring of about five TB of lidar data from portable
    hard drives to the EROS silo was completed by the TSSC lidar
    coordinator. To date, about three TB of data have been transferred, with
    the goal of completing the remaining two TB by the end of the week.
   Preparations for this year’s Center for Lidar Information Coordination and
    Knowledge (CLICK) booth at the International Lidar Mapping (ILM) Forum,
    March 3-5, 2010 are in process. The activities include gathering USGS
    fact sheets, pamphlets, and other supporting materials.
   The database administration staff applied the Oracle Critical Patch Update
    on the topo database residing on EDCSNS21, there were no resulting
    issues. Cleanup of the GASR database is continuing as well as the
    standard monitoring of the database and backup logs. They also provided
    support for the NED update activities and researched loading issues.
   Mediation of all web scan vulnerabilities were completed. In addition,
    system administration to address vulnerabilities found by tenable scans
    was completed as well as several application updates to prevent any
    possible vulnerabilities related to outdated software packages. The
    Windows system administration team worked with the software engineers
    and IT security to resolve vulnerabilities from internal security scans.


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      National Atlas staff completed review of 1:1,000,000-scale water bodies
       data for the second of 18 hydrologic regions in the conterminous United
       States. Comments were sent to development staff at the Texas Water
       Science Center. Review of the third region was imitated.
      The processing of the 2009 annual greenness AVHRR data was
       completed and staged on the EROS ftp site. There were a total of 30
       image products and a log that were completed.
      National Atlas staff participated in status and planning meetings in Sioux
       Falls, South Dakota and Madison, Wisconsin for the ―Set of 100‖ product.
      For the reporting week (January 28-February 3, 2010), there were 3,500
       complete layers downloaded for a total of 57.6 GB. For February month-
       to-date, there have been 1,541 complete layers downloaded for a total of
       17.0 GB.
      For the month of January 2010, there were 11,457 complete layers
       downloaded for a total of 192.2 GB. A detailed monthly report is being
       generated and will be distributed when completed.
      S. Poppenga attended a meeting with Minnehaha County Highway
       Department Project Engineer to discuss a collaborative effort between
       Minnehaha County and USGS EROS to collect geospatial data for
       Minnehaha County conduits. The data collection will contain valuable
       information that can be incorporated into a lidar-derived surface model for
       validation of sink analysis techniques.
      S. Poppenga attended a meeting with Phil Kappen, Assistant Planning
       Director and Heidi Jerke, GIS Coordinator with South Dakota’s Minnehaha
       County Planning and Zoning office to discuss the use of lidar-derived DEM
       data previously delivered by the USGS EROS Topographic Sciences
       team. Several departments within the County Government require
       information regarding surface water drainage. The hydrologic lidar-
       derivative layers provide useful information for planning, watershed
       management, and determining flood risk.


Fire Science Project (GAM- and LRS-affiliated)
No input this reporting period.

**Data Management Branch
Earth Observing System (EOS)
No input this reporting period.

Emergency Operations (EO)
Haiti Support
 In support of the Haiti earthquake that occurred on January 13, 2010, Long
   Term Archive (LTA) staff continued to post data to the Hazards Data
   Distribution System (HDDS) by downloading imagery from multiple sources.
 A total of three TB has been posted to date. Over four TB, (359,000 files)
   have been downloaded from HDDS by emergency response users.

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   Three firewire drives were generated in support of Earthquake Haiti. Two
    went sent to the Center of Disease Control (CDC), Atlanta, Georgia (650 GB,
    50,000 files) and one to National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
    Space Unclassified National Imagery Library (UNIL), Bethesda, Maryland (20
    GB, 200 files)

Emergency Operations (EO) Liaison
 Preparing for a trip to Abuja, Nigeria to support an International Charter
  Space and Major Disasters Project Manager training class being sponsored
  by the Disaster Monitoring Constellation/British National Space Council the
  week of February 8, 2010.
 Continue to support the activation of the International Charter on behalf of the
  USGS Geology program in response to the earthquake in Haiti. There were a
  total of four Charter activations in response to this event – France, Canada,
  United Nations (UN) and USGS. France submitted the first activation, and
  their project manager agreed to merge the four calls and provide support for
  all agencies. Requests were submitted for Radarsat, Envisat, ALOS, SPOT,
  and US high resolution commercial imagery. Most agencies expanded their
  licenses so the entire response community had access to their data. The
  commercial satellite providers made their data publicly available and there are
  many sites hosting web mapping services. We are loading all available data
  sources on the HDDS (http://hdds.usgs.gov). More than 37 terabytes of
  imagery have been downloaded from the HDDS.
  o Some of the US imagery providers included
      o NGA – Commercial satellite imagery – DigitalGlobe and GeoEye
      o EagleVision – SPOT and TerraSarX
      o National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – aerial
          photography
      o NASA – ASTER, EO1, and UAVSAR
      o USGS – Landsat
      o WorldBank – aerial photography and Light Detection and Ranging
          (LIDAR)
      o GoogleEarth – aerial photography
 Hosted the Remote Sensing Working Group calls for Haiti at the request of
  the State Department and Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance. Continue to
  provide coordination and support as requested.
 Completed the first draft of the 2008 International Charter Annual Report.
  Comments are due back by the 12th of February 2010, and the final should be
  ready for public release the week of February 15, 2010.

Information Access and Data Distribution (IADD)
Upcoming Activities and Highlights
 Scheduled visit (February 9-10, 2010) by Environmental Systems Research
   Institute (ESRI) to help debug an Image Server issue.
 NGA visit (St. Louis/Arnold Missouri Staff) for business model and technical
   discussions with Information Solutions – IADD Project – March 2010

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   Federal Aeronautical Administration (FAA) visit for business requirement and
    technical discussions with Information Solutions – IADD Project – February or
    March, 2010, specific dates to be determined (TBD).
   NGA visit for discussions with Information Solutions – IADD Project and
    GeoInt Data Transformation Service (GDTS) – February 2010 – waiting on
    confirmation
   National Geospatial Programs (NGP) Elevation Business Process Review –
    March 9 – 11 , 2010 at USGS EROS
   Staff member will be traveling to Washington D.C. to attend and support
    USGS booth – February 17-19, 2010.

Orthoimagery
 Staff completed technical specification development in preparation for adding
   additional storage resources to the Image Server Storage Area Network.
   (SAN)
 Staff continued testing of new process flow for Orthoimagery loading and
   transition to SAN.

Orthoimagery - National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
No input this reporting period.

General Information Technology (IT)
 The National Map Seamless Server Weekly Statistics
  o Users generated 120 custom printable maps as Portable Document
     Format (PDF) files on The National Map Seamless Server
  o Through the Tiled Data Delivery System and The National Map Seamless
     Server delivered 19,245 files of data by direct downloads
 Staff installed Java Upgrade v1.6.180 to 34 Microsoft Windows servers
 Began testing of ArcGIS 9.4 beta release.
 IADD system architecture diagrams were reviewed and updated during this
  reporting period

Services Delivery – Viewer
No input this reporting period.

Emergency Operations (EMOPS)
 In support of the Haiti Earthquake, staff completed loading and creating eight
   Web Mapping Service (WMS) for aerial imagery over Haiti. There are a total
   of eleven layers available for the WMS.

Information Technology (IT) Security – General
 Completed system scans on two production systems, with results being
   forwarded to appropriate skill groups for analysis and resolution as needed.
 Completed software scans on six development servers and on ten production
   servers with results being forwarded to appropriate skill groups for analysis
   and resolution as needed.

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   Finalized draft implementation plan for the consolidation of system logs and
    automatic parsing and reporting

Elevation
 Staff integrated National Elevation Dataset (NED) production release onto
   production systems

Landcover (NLCD)
No input this reporting period.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
 Started working on loading, via Image Server, Orthoimagery for FEMA.

Geography Websites (Includes Geography, Land Remote Sensing (LRS),
and Geographic Analysis and Monitoring (GAM) websites)
 Completed adding a "What's New" section to the Land Remote Sensing
   (LRS) site.

Land Remote Sensing (LRS)
 Completed adding images to the LRS Pecora site.

Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS)
No input this reporting period.

GeoINT- NGA
No input this reporting period.

Other Science Reimbursable Work
 Began work on the design to modify and automate static map calculations for
   the Integrated Vegetation Mapping (IVM) site.
 Completed adding legend images to the layer category list on the Landfire
   site.
 Completed work to revise the color tables on the Multi-Resolution Land
   Characteristics (MRLC) site.

Long Term Archive (LTA)
 Large Format Camera scanned imagery was web-enabled. Two of the total
  eight rolls in the collection are currently scanned. The remaining imagery will
  be web-enabled as it is generated on the scanners. There were 125 scenes
  scanned and placed into the digital collection this week.
 Began work into repurpose LXS154 into SNS30 by installing the SUN Solaris
  operating system. This server will be used for Phoenix V processing, SPOT
  ingest, and general purpose work where access to the SAN is required.
 The 100,000 frame milestone of frames scanned on the Phoenix V systems
  was reached. Imaged 4,469 frames resulting in a cumulative total of 101,997
  frames (504 rolls) ingested into the archive and web enabled.

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   Work continues to build the 5th Phoenix V scanning system. Anodized parts
    were received, the electronics board is installed, and the top glass set on the
    frame. Frame fabrication for the 6th and final system is in progress.
   On demand scanning sales: A total of 116 scans were shipped this week.
    Scanning backlog is 245 frames on 46 orders. A total of 1,407 frames have
    been shipped year to date.
   At the request of Science staff, a project to scan and web enable Guinea
    Liberia declassified satellite photography was completed. Over 4,600
    Declass scenes are available on Earth Explorer (EE) as high resolution
    downloads (7 micron scans).
   SPOT representatives made a TS5 pre-installation site visit to EROS 02/04 -
    02/05.
   There are currently six SPOT 4 scenes available for distribution along with
    932 SPOT 5 scenes.
   EE has been changed to allow all USGS customers the capability to search
    the archive for ALOS Palsar data and if approved download it. It is currently
    in testing waiting for the necessary approvals.
   A report was created using Tracking Routing and Metrics (TRAM) to provide
    the monthly distribution metrics for TerraLook products.
   Processed 20,867 scenes in the SPOT historical archive to L1G resulting for
    a total of 570,251 SPOT scenes (over 81% complete) web enabled on EE.
   A total of 380 Intermountain rolls have been assessed for roll source data
    entry out of the 679 rolls that need to be processed into the Production
    Inventory (over 55% complete).

Orthoimagery Archive
 A total of 114.2 TB in a managed state.
 Received 0.1 TB of new data this week (total backlog = 40 TB)
 High Resolution Orthoimagery (HRO) data available on EE = 1,365,567 tiles
 Discussed additional requirements for Image Server due to Standard Product
   definitions and subsequent changes; including restrictions on specific
   datasets.

Upcoming Events
 The fifth Phoenix V scanner should begin production operations on March 1,
  2010.
 Create color composites and web enable along with the scanned Thematic
  Mapper Data (TM) black and white photography that are the only source of
  archive coverage.
 In support of the Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP
  DAAC), receive, ingest, and web enable 50,000 high res scans of the Heat
  Capacity Mapping Mission (HCMM) historical film collection.
 Currently re-building the ingest code in support of the Eagle Vision Radarsat
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   Began making changes in GloVis to support Science’s Normalized Difference
    Vegetation Index (NDVI) product for calendar year 2009.
   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
    approximately 30 datasets. Most of these datasets have been modified to
    add the Oracle locator corner coordinate field.
   During the week of February 22, 2010 there is planned to be a quarterly patch
    done to the production systems supporting Oracle.

Remote Sensing Technologies (RST)
No input this reporting period.

Remote Sensing Consultation and Coordination (RSCC)
No input this reporting period.

Data and Information Management
 Eleven administrative boxes were reviewed for continuing value to the USGS.
   Several Landsat documents were provided to that Project with the majority of
   the remainder being recycled.
 Participated in the Department of the Interior (DoI) Records Management
   monthly meeting hosted by the DoI’s Records Officer. Several records-
   related initiatives affecting the bureaus were discussed.
 Reviewed two boxes from an EROS contractor who requested documents
   and CDs of value to be weeded out.
 Invited to speak at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
   Workshop entitled, ―US Workshop on the Road Map for Digital Preservation
   Interoperability Framework: Connecting Digital Preservation Repositories.”
   The workshop will be held in March in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Major Upcoming Events/Activities
No input this reporting period.

Enterprise and Information Technology (E&IT) Project Management
Enterprise and Information Technology Project Management
 First copies of draft Statements of Objective (SOOs) developed by the Abacus
   Technology Team were delivered to Engineering and IT project and task managers.
   The managers are reviewing the draft statements and respond to Abacus if issues
   are found.

Enterprise IT
 Two Computer room Coordination meetings were held during the past week. The
   first meeting was a specially-called meeting to focus on the long-range computer
   facility requirements for the Landsat, Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), and
   LPDAAC projects. The second meeting primarily focused on fast-approaching
   requirement for expanded Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) capabilities in our
   computer rooms. The facilities staff has been working with the USGS contracts staff
   to establish an acquisition via the General Services Administration (GSA) contract

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    to solve this requirement for additional UPS power demands from our projects. The
    last significant concern is whether the implementation of new UPS capacities will be
    on time for our needs or will delay some projects proceeding with their computer
    room installation requirements.

IT Security
 Finalized the enhancements and upgrade of the IT Security Data Base. Fields and
    affiliations of employees have been updated in preparation for the FY 2010 IT
    Security training.
 The request for a software engineer to access USGS networks and systems from a
    foreign country via Virtual Private Network (VPN) has been denied. The policies of
    the USGS and a concern about the robustness of anti-virus protection software
    contributed heavily to the denial. The project has defined another approach using
    the University of Maryland as the host for the development.
 EROS participation in required Role-Based Security Training for FY 2010 has been
    preliminarily defined. In fiscal year 2009, five individuals in critical security roles
    were required to take advanced IT security training. This year the requirements have
    greatly expanded. We continue to work with the IT Security Office to define the
    absolute mandatory participation and are aiming at nine individuals to require training
    this year. If the policy continues as is, next year EROS could be required to provide
    role-based IT security training for hundreds of individuals at considerable cost.
 The Chief for the Center of Integrated Data Analytics at Middleton, Wisconsin, and
    his technical staff have been working on a USGS solution for monitoring IT security
    for data base systems. The selected product has been tested at EROS and
    discussion with IDA staff concerning encountered issues continues.
 Twelve File Transfer Protocol (FTP) waivers were submitted to the IT Security
    Steering Committee (ITSSC) during the past weeks and accepted this week. This
    acceptance allows FTP data delivery and acceptance via FTP for another year.

Network Services O&M
   Technical Service Support Contract (TSSC) network engineers supported the
    Eastern Region Geospatial Information Office in their troubleshooting of
    issues with multiple NatWeb servers attached to the EROS Campus Local-
    Area-Network (LAN), over a two-day period.
   Landsat project staff requested and were provided compilations of Landsat
    web-enabled data volumes by daily, weekly, and bi-monthly tabulations.
   Finalized phase-1 objectives for improved security of VPN connections to the
    EROS network. Users will be notified this week and enforcement will begin
    February 22, 2010.
   Conducted the first change management review meeting and processed
    about a dozen requests. Most requests involved firewall changes. The
    review meetings will continue weekly. Cooperation by the projects was good.

Network Services Development and Tech Investigations
   The network task manager met with the operations manager for the LP DAAC
    project. A firewall device for the LP DAAC subnet is no longer supported, and
    the project requested a Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) cost estimate for
    moving their standalone network inside the EROS firewall. A ROM was

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    provided, and follow-up discussions regarding Operations and Maintenance
    (O&M) mechanisms and costs were held. At this time, the topic is under
    review by the LP DAAC manager.
   The TSSC network work manager is completing an initial labor, schedule, and
    deliverable document to the task manager. This document is overdue, but
    the work manager expects to deliver the document by the end of the week.
   Two network security devices were received from Menlo Park. The devices
    will be racked and burned in. Performance tests will be conducted to
    ascertain the traffic-handling capabilities of the devices. Over the next six
    weeks, deployment will be executed in phases to place public-facing web
    servers behind, or downstream, of the devices. Approximately five high-
    volume servers will not be connected to the WAFs because of the volume of
    data they serve daily.
   The Network internal web page was updated by posting the change
    management request and status log spreadsheets.

Desktop Services Support (DSS)
No input this reporting period.

Landsat
Travel
No input this reporting period.

Flight Operations
 Landsat 5 – Continue to determine the signature of the primary Traveling
    Wave Tube Amplifier (TWTA) helix current. This will continually be monitored
    closely. The following graph presents an outline of the low rate current since
    the primary TWTA was brought back on-line on January 7, 2010. NOTE:
    Trips (failures) occur at 3.26mA.




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   Landsat 5 – Determining go/no go decision for delta inclination maneuver in
    March.
   Landsat 7 – No significant issues

Ground Operations/Web-enabling
 Processed 12,898 standard recipe scenes (1492/day) (1/29 – 2/4)
   o Unable to determine the total number of scenes downloaded by users. A
       user performed an automated script method that caused significant errors
       in downloads that skewed the statistics. A fix is in work and will be
       installed next week. Statistics will be regenerated from January 1, 2010
       through the current date.
 Attended SPOT meetings to further define requirements for SPOT 4 and
   SPOT 5 data acquisition.
 Supported a paper in response to a meeting that Google requested with the
   Secretary of Interior.
 Canada collects about 5,000 unique Landsat 5 scenes per year. We are
   working on estimates to ingest this newly acquired data as exchange data
   operationally supporting electronic transfer mechanisms only.
 Held the Image Assessment System (IAS) 10.0.0 (MSS-P) Operational
   Readiness Review (ORR). This is a significant milestone towards and
   automated production capability for Multispectral Scanner (MSS) data.
 The Landsat Archive Manager (LAM) 6.1.0 ORR was held this week. This
   release provides the ability to flow MSS data to level-1 image assessment
   and product generation systems using automated methods.
 Held the Level 1 Product Generation System (LPGS) 11.1.0 (MSS-X
   production) System Requirements Review (SRR) and Critical Design Review


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    (CDR). This design supports the production capability for MSS-X data in
    operations.
   Notified the International Cooperators (ICs) about the completion and
    distribution of the GLS2005 products, Ground Control Points (GCPs), and
    Segment Maps.
   Submitted a Configuration Change Request (CCR) to address overlapping
    scenes from multiple ground station sources.
   Discussed a Landsat 7 proficiency pass strategy and participation by the ICs.
   Received an update from Pakistan that they are still working thru their
    approval process for enabling them to provide us with a few sample tapes in
    support of the Landsat Global Archive Consolidation (LGAC) initiative.
   Discussing alternate agreement options with the European Space Agency
    (ESA) and the University of Rome for continued Global Land Survey 2010
    (GLS2010) campaigns in Malindi, Kenya. Due to an issue with the expiration
    of an agreement between ESA and the Italian Space Agency, Agenzia
    Spaxiale Italiano (ASI), an alternate path for future campaigns needs to be
    pursued.

**Remote Sensing Branch
Landsat Data Continuity Mission
Staffing
    The Project Manager position has not opened and is still waiting
       headquarters direction.

Upcoming Events/Meetings
   Compatibility Test Van Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM), EROS,
     February 8, 2010.
   Ground Network Element (GNE) Critical Design Review (CDR), EROS,
     February 9, 2010.
   Data Processing & Archive System (DPAS) CDR Dry-Run, EROS,
     February 10-11, 2010.
   Algorithm Integration Engineering Peer Review, EROS, February 12,
     2010.
   DPAS CDR, EROS, February 23-24, 2010.
   USGS/NASA Monthly Status Review (MSR), EROS, February 25, 2010.
   Ground System Critical Design Review (G-CDR) Dry-Run, GSFC, March
     1-2, 2010.
   Thermal Infrared Sensor CDR, GSFC, March 3-5, 2010.
   G-CDR, EROS, March 16-17, 2010.
   USGS/NASA MSR, EROS, March 18, 2010.
   Landsat Technical Working Group #19 (LTWG#19), Phuket, Thailand,
     March 22-26, 2010.
   Mission Critical Design Review Dry-Run, GSFC, March 29-April , 2010.

Accomplishments / Status
Project Management (PE) / Systems Engineering (SE)

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        Attended Cost Estimating for Technical Professionals training.
        President's budget released including the requested increase for the
         Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Project beginning in FY 2011.
        Participated in a telecon with the USGS Office of Acquisition and Grants
         and NASA to discuss the Cooperative Interagency Project Agreement and
         negotiate a mutually acceptable approach to a contractually binding
         Interagency Agreement.
        Completed peer review and provided comments on the Land Satellites
         Data System (LSDS) Continuous Risk Management Plan, the USGS
         LDCM Schedule Management Plan, and the LDCM Ground System (GS)
         Mission Assurance Plan.
        Participated in and Engineering Peer Review for the LDCM GS Integration
         and Test (I&T) Plans. Included in this technical review were the GS I&T
         Plan, the Ground Readiness Test Plan, Mission Readiness Test activities,
         Integration activities and plans, as well as network testing and Radio
         Frequency (RF) compatibility testing. The USGS and NASA I&T team
         established a solid baseline for all forward test activities. Addition of a
         V&V Plan for the LDCM GS further clarifies the roles and responsibilities,
         activities as well as the Systems Engineering processes applied to
         requirements verification. Completion of this step and implementation of
         this plan brings the GS in line with mission expectations and activities.
        Participated in technical discussion and definition of test and checkout
         objectives for the Svalbard Station. These activities and objectives are
         being captured in a NASA Statement of Work.
        Refined the LDCM GS Management approach for the upcoming Ground
         System CDR. Areas such as significant accomplishments and changes,
         advisories, schedule, risk, and external threat events were addressed.
        Completed the January Technical Performance Measures check and
         report which will be released 2/5/2010.
        Agreement reached with NASA and General Dynamics on receiving
         ancillary data through 2/26/2010 delivery of space-to-ground interface
         control document and early release of ancillary information by 2/12/2010.
        Participated in technical discussions with NASA on General Dynamics
         statement of work updates to include simulator deliveries for support of
         test data needs and timing.

Travel
        D. Hair will be attending the Ball Aerospace MSR February 17-18, 2010 in
         Boulder, Colorado.

Issues
    USGS Capital Planning Investment Control Office reversed another
      decision, requiring that the LSDS investment be submitted for review and
      scoring. Previously, their direction had been to submit only Landsat and
      LDCM. We were given only 24 hours notice. Geography HQ provided a
      great deal of help in completing the necessary Exhibit 300 submission.


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      However, the project artifacts could not be completed with only 24 hours
      notice. The score will be impacted by the absence of these artifacts.

Development
Flight Systems Development/Flight Operations Segment (FDS/FOS)
     The GNE team is finishing up the slide package for the GNE CDR that will
       be held next Tuesday, February 9, 2010.
     We have started weekly meetings with the Demod vendor to more closely
       monitor progress to ensure delivery as scheduled for unit one.
     The Mission Operations Element (MOE) team is continuing to work on
       getting the mini-MOE ready and also preparations for Build 3 test
     The USGS FDS/FOS engineer attended the I&T TIM at NASA Goddard
       Spaceflight Center this week and will go to General Dynamics (GD) next
       week for a test of the GNE Demod with engineering model spacecraft
       hardware

Data Processing and Archive System (DPAS)
    Issues that were recorded during the successful EPRs are nearly worked
      off by the teams.
    The subsystem teams and the DPAS SE team are generating
      presentation material in support of the DPAS CDR (and associated dry
      run) in February.
    Waiting to confirm DPAS CDR Panel members.

Development Infrastructure
   Working final details to complete the build out of the DPAS Ops and Test
      room.
   The Work order for the power panel has been submitted to DCT.
   Updates are being made to the following documents: DPAS Installation
      Plan, Facilities Definition Document, Network Interface Planning
      Document, Logistics support plan, Mission Operations Center (MOC)
      installation plan.
   We are working with NASA on the transition and installation of Collection
      Activity Planning Element hardware to the MOC.

Operations
   Reviewed the first draft of the DPAS operations schedule and staffing
     profile.
   Reviewed the International Cooperator (IC) cost profile and reconciled it
     with the current LDCM Operations & Maintenance budget.
   The International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) export control
     exemption was approved, which is necessary for IC technical information
     distribution. Continuing to work with NASA to review and update the
     current LDCM Project's ITAR guidance document. Associated risk to be
     closed at the next Risk Management Board meeting.



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      Notified the ICs about the need (or lack thereof) for Definitive Ephemeris
       information for LDCM. The Global Positioning System (GPS) information
       is sufficient. Also, notified them about the frequency of the GPS
       information available in the downlink stream.
      Clarified the LDCM demodulator Intermediate Frequency requirements
       with the ICs. 720 MHz may be an option for the ICs, but we are
       purchasing and testing a 1200 MHz model.
      Provided the ICs with the LDCM Ground System downlink component list.
       Awaiting their feedback on their local configuration, potential vendors, and
       upgrade paths.
      The NASA Flight Operations Team (FOT) received training on the Archiva
       trending system.
      The NASA FOT met with one of the MOE subconractors, GMV Space
       Systems, to review flexplan rules. Specifically, the discussion centered on
       the rules required to perform MOE Build 3 flexplan Day in the Life testing.
       Began generating these rules in the MOC and will be providing these
       items to the MOE team.
      Supported the Mission Readiness Test Working Group meeting. The
       meeting focused on mapping of requirements to specific Mission
       Readiness Tests and/or other simulations and tests.
      The FOT supported a meeting with the MOE development team and the
       MOC Infrastructure Team to discuss the Remote Controlled Repository
       and the Data Management System (DMS).
      The NASA FOT supported the MOE Build 3 DMS Post-Test (Factory
       Acceptance Testing) Review. There were no show-stoppers identified to
       deliver the DMS to the MOE development lab.
      The NASA FOT activities performed in support spacecraft I&T at the
       GDAIS facility in Gilbert, Arizona included:
        Working through Narrative Procedures (N’s) to identify TBDs, etc.
           required to be resolved for successful coding of I&T scripts.
        Began command database validation activities.
        Received training on powering up the S/OS and SIS simulators.

LDCM Science
   Attended NASA Workshop on the Applications of Earth Observation Data
    in Colorado Springs, Colorado, February 1-3, 2010. Participated in
    breakout sessions on data applications for agricultural requirements and
    spacecraft, sensor webs, and networks.
   Attended meeting in Fort Collins, Colorado to discuss results from Survey
    on Moderate Resolution Satellite Imagery, which was conducted on behalf
    of the USGS Land Remote Sensing Program.

**Director’s Office
No input this reporting period.




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**Administrative Services Branch
Planning
    Attended Cost Estimating training.
    Reviewed new DOI Access Card process.
    Met with IT to discuss their portion of the Out-Processing of Federal
      Personnel Procedure.
    Met with Facilities to discuss their concerns with the current Out-
      Processing process.
    Continued preparing input for HQ FAIR Act Inventory Data Call.

Systems
    Released monthly and weekly financial and project management reports.
    Released monthly LDCM EV data file.
    Maintained and supported PTT operations.
    Maintained and supported ASB owned/operated servers.
    Attended three day Cost Estimating Class.
    Responded to consultant task order document.

Agreements
   Finalized Agree/mods/MOU’s: DOI/OSM IAA #10022090
   New Agree/mods/MOU’s for action: Univ. of Neb. #25-6238-0261-002
     Mod #2
   In progress Agree/mods/MOU’s: NASA NNH08AI01I Mod #2, NGA
     NIB8G47331GS02 Mod #2, DOI/BIA RSA (Agree # TBD – pend
     countersignature), DOC/NOAA (Agree # TBD) In initial DOC legal review,
     CAF PA#4 (draft preparation stage), CAF PA#3 (Mailed to CAF on 1/29/10
     for countersignature), EPA ―SSURGO Soil work‖ (pending IAA receipt),
     Chinese Academy of Science MOU annex (pending DOI Sol. C-175),
     United Sioux Tribes of South Dakota (MOU pending UST response)

Finance
    Cost Estimating Class.
    285, 289A, and CRARA2 monthly report review.
    Update budget templates.
    Gathered data call information on work orders for Facilities.
    Reviewed January monthly reports.
    Worked with project staff on Argentina ground station billing & collection.
    Reviewed budget templates, pending agreements, Basis+ reports, and
      other materials for monthly meeting.
    Approve invoice payments in FFS.
    SV's to clean up FPRJ.

Facility Management

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      Review of the Facility Cost Modeling Estimates.
      Switch Gear Project Specification Editing.
      ARRA Project Timeline Discussions and Verification of Contracting
       Method.

Property
    The excess USGS/EROS property located at Goddard was transferred to
     Materials Management Branch.
    Working on new property that NGA – Homeland Security wants to transfer
     to USGS/EROS. The equipment already arrived when NGA decided they
     wanted to transfer it to us. Working with NGA & HQ Property.
    Announced excess property to Tribes on February 2, 2010. Closing date
     February 17, 2010. Any electronics not wanted can go to UNICOR at no
     cost to Center.

Security
   Researched and drafted new Federal employee Pre-employment process
      for AO to review and approve. Currently drafting the same for contractor
      process at this time. Submitted and awaiting feedback.
   In-progress working Datacall for FY09 Security Cost Estimates to be
      submitted to HQ NLT February 5, 2010.
   Working USAccess Registrar, Sponsorship responsibilities for card issues,
      destruction and card management.
   Credentialing Enrollment Center now operational and now managed and
      maintained by EROS Security Managers Office.

**Technical Support Services Contract (TSSC/SGT)
Technical Support Services Contract (TSSC/SGT):
    Staffing level is at 344, with seven vacancies.
    Corporate Reachback:
         - ITAR Guidelines and Support.

Technical Support Services Contract Recompete
    All EROS SEB documents have been delivered to OAG.
    ABACUS consultants delivered all SOO/SOWs.


Science Support Services Contract:
    PPIRS and DI-1 sent to contract initiate Contract Option Year 2.
    Contract is fully staffed at 26 FTE.

Risks/concerns:
    Property management – inventory requirements will be communicated to
      TSSC and SSSC next week.



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**Communication and Outreach
    ―Image of the Week‖ – The Panama Canal. To view or download go to
     ftp://edcftp.cr.usgs.gov/pub/edcuser/sjenkins/outgoing/Panama/Panama-
     L5-12-54-032700.jpg.
    Working poster production for March 26, 2010 Congressional Briefing.
    Earth As Art 3 – working image and booklet text.
    Completed C&O Statement of Work for April – October.
    2009 Annual Report – working graphic production. Should be complete
     February 6, 2010.
    AAG support planning telecom – EROS will support with booth staffing,
     monitor, plotter, handouts.
    Finished Internal Web Site requirements and documentation. Will send
     template and instruction to Project Managers February 6, 2010.
    Made arrangements for Linda Scott, Rolla Publications Service Center
     Chief, and Kathy Laub, Rolla PSC editor visit. Planned for February 18,
     2010. Will meet with Senior Staff and hold training seminar for authors.
    Set up EROS Bulletin Board to forum for Strategic Plan roll-out.


   WWW
    Reconfigured Refman (publications tracking tool).
        o Running into the same issue that other USGS sites are having with
           instability.
        o Have maintained stability as of February 4, 2010 - will share our
           solution with the other USGS sites.
    Completed eleven change requests.
    Made the employee directory administration able to differentiate
     government only, contractor only or all access to update data.

Front Desk
    Tours: 2
    Visitors: 61

Media Services
   Made changes to the NM/CO mosaic for Ron Beck (rush HQ request).
   Designed mock up of DAAC browse search tool.
   Image of the week – Panama.

Outreach
   Upcoming schedule of events:
         o 8th Grade Career Fair, Wagner South Dakota - January 28, 2010.
         o NSTA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - March 2010.
         o Women In Science, Sioux Falls, South Dakota - March 2010.
         o Water Festival, Sioux Falls, South Dakota - March 29-30, 2010.
         o TIE Conference, Sioux Falls, South Dakota - April 18-20, 2010.

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         o AAG, Washington, DC - April 14-18, 2010.
         o ASPRS, San Diego, California - April 26-30, 2010.
         o ESRI, San Diego, California - July 12-16, 2010.

Pub Review
     IPDS and editing activity:
   Approved: (4)
        o IP-018991 — Bruce Wylie — Abstract — Yukon River Basin Project
           selected accomplishments for 2009
        o IP-018555 — Gabriel Senay — Abstract — Using the SSEB model
           to characterize the seasonal and spatial Evapotranspiration
           dynamics of forested regions in the Greater Horn of Africa
        o IP-019215 — Jennifer Rover — Abstract — Quantifying surface
           water in the Yukon River Basin
        o IP-019239 — Stephen Boyte — Abstract — Modeling future climate
           change effects on Big Sagebrush (Artemesia tridentata) and the
           ecosystem performance of five rangeland types in the Owyhee
           Uplands, USA
   Entered: (4)
        o IP-019196 — George Xian — Book chapter — Development of the
           USGS National Land Cover Database over Two Decades
        o IP-019215 — Jennifer Rover — Abstract — Quantifying surface
           water in the Yukon River Basin
        o IP-019239 — Stephen Boyte — Abstract — Modeling future climate
           change effects on Big Sagebrush (Artemesia tridentata) and the
           ecosystem performance of five rangeland types in the Owyhee
           Uplands, USA
        o IP-019256 — Bob Klaver — Journal article — Evaluating coyote
           impact on white-tailed deer through movement and diet
   Edited: (2)
        o Jordan Long — Journal article — Mapping the Philippines’
           mangrove forests using Landsat satellite imagery
        o Jennifer Rover — Abstract — Quantifying surface water in the
           Yukon River Basin

Library
    Completed and distributed January 2010 library newsletter.
    Monthly publications report sent to B. Foster.
    New publications in the EROS pubs database and on display: (1).
    Reference questions/Document access and delivery (excluding Inter
      Library Loans (ILL)): (20).
    ILL requests: (14 outgoing; 0 incoming).

**Project Management Team
 Completed process definition and coordination, working with the Director’s
   Office Property Team, for the physical inventory of bureau-managed property

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   (under $5,000) including laptops/notebooks/tablets, desktops, monitors, and
   printers. Inventory is being conducted for the five week period of February 8
   –March 12, 2010.
 Attended the three day cost estimating training class held onsite at EROS.
    Held January 2010 Monthly Progress Briefings.




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