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					      USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
                    Weekly Report, January 8, 2010

**Science Division
Upcoming Events and Highlights
    L. Tieszen will make presentations and participate in a planning meeting
      for capacity building and spatial data development in South America with
      the PAIGH and the CAF to be held in Caracas, January 13-14, 2010.
    LANDFIRE Refresh meeting at the USGS EROS January 4-8, 2010.
    LandCarbon vegetation modeling workshop January 8, 2010 (Denver)
    LandCarbon methodology writing working session January 26-30, 2010
      (New Orleans)
    K. Nelson registered for national wildland fire coordination group
      intermediate fire behavior (S290) in February 2010.
    Joint Fire Science Fire Climatology workshop in February 9-1, 2010
      (Tucson).
    K. Nelson will attend Fire Ecology Assessment Tool/ Fire Effects
      Monitoring and Inventory System Integrated workshop January 5-6, 2010
      (Boise)
    J. Vogelmann will attend the Landsat science team meeting January 19-
      21, 2010.
    R. McKinley will present a poster at the Society for Range Management
      meeting in Denver the week of February 7 - 11, 2009

Land Characterization Project (GAM-affiliated)
   North American Land Change Monitoring System
    USGS EROS coordinated with Canada and Mexico to finalize the
     accuracy assessment design for NALCMS as a grouped randomized
     design stratified by continent. Sample point generation is now proceeding.
   Wyoming Sagebrush Task
    Characterization of sagebrush ecosystem component annual change over
     four years has been completed in southwest Wyoming at both Quickbird
     and Landsat scales. Analysis of significant change patterns is now
     proceeding.

National Land Cover Database (NLCD) Project (GAM-affiliated)
    A review of all CONUS Landsat image pairs (2001 and 2006 dates) used
      in NLCD 2006 generation has been completed. Image pairs with poor
      correlation statistics generated from the normalization procedures have
      been replaced with updated imagery with better seasonal matches.
      Updated products have been delivered to all NLCD mapping teams.
    NLCD 2006 total production for CONUS now stands at 54% completion.
    The USGS EROS hosted a USGS NLCD 2006 WebEx meeting to review
      progress and discuss NLCD 2006 issues among USGS mapping teams.



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Landcover Green Tint (NGP-affiliated)
    NLCD canopy product based green tint for National map generation has
     now been tested nationally across nine 7.5 minute quads. Results indicate
     a 30% canopy threshold is most ideal, with production implementation
     likely to include some regional adjustment of this threshold by forest type.
     Final testing is now in progress to prepare a production plan.

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)
    No input this reporting period.

Early Warning and Environmental Monitoring Project (LRS- and GAM-
affiliated)
     No input this reporting period.

Land Cover Applications Project (GAM-, LRS-, ESD-, and NGP-affiliated)
    Several posters and oral sessions on research were presented at the AGU
     fall meeting. B. Wylie, J. Dwyer, and X. Li also presented material in the
     workshop planning 2010 activity for the Yukon River Basin project of the
     CEN of the GCPO. L. Tieszen participated in planning meetings for the
     Yukon River Basin and with participants in the Greater Platte River Basin
     project.
          o B. K. Wylie; K. Murnaghan; J. A. Rover; L. L. Tieszen; B. Brisco
            presented “Modeling boreal forest performance with MODIS, site
            characteristics, and weather to monitor climate, management, and
            disturbance impacts.”
          o L. Ji; B. K. Wylie; B. Ramachandran, and C. Jenkerson presented
            “Comparison Of eMODIS And Standard MODIS NDVI Products for
            Alaska and Adjacent Canada.”
          o M. A. Bouchard, J. L. Dwyer, and B. Granneman presented “A
            Yukon River Basin Landsat Mosaic for Assessing Environmental
            Change.”
          o J. A. Rover; B. K. Wylie; and L. Ji presented orally “A new self-
            trained classification model for producing 30-m percent-water maps
            from Landsat imagery.”
          o M. Chen and Z. Li presented "Sequential Parameter Estimation of a
            Terrestrial Ecosystem Model against Eddy Covariance
            Measurements Using Smoothed Ensemble Kalman Filter."
          o M. Chen and Z. Li presented "Simulated Regional Carbon
            Dynamics in the NACP Mid-Continent Intensive Campaign Region."
    Discussions with P. Murdoch, CEN, led to plans for an YRB and Climate
     Change Conference in Washington, D.C., greater support for basin-wide

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    synthesis activities, and a request for new basin-wide data or product
    needs.
   A preliminary website for the downloading of subsets of the YRB Landsat
    mosaic (J. Dwyer) is at http://edcsns17.cr.usgs.gov/wms/YRB/
   Fall 2009 field data collection waypoints were extended to field transect
    directions and lengths in preparation for receiving the LIDAR data (mid
    January 2010).
   Soil moisture (hydrosense measured) preliminary correlations with
    Landsat indices and thermal data had significant but reverse trends than
    expected. We think this is related to moist soils ability to store summer
    heat into the fall season and the senescent herbaceous wetland
    vegetation in the fall. Analysis established relationships between
    hydrosense (TDR) soil moisture measurements and measures of
    volumetric soil moisture from the soil cores.
   B. Wylie participated in YRB field team telecon which advanced the
    processing of the field biomass data by UAF and Teresa Hollingsworth.
    The biomass values are needed for LiDAR, Landsat, and Radar biomass
    mapping efforts.
   USGS competitive contract for an YRB radar specialist to investigate soil
    moisture mapping was posted for small businesses, and latter was re-
    posted because of a lack of applicants with the small business
    requirement.
   Alaska monthly interpolated weather data for 2006 to 2009 processed for
    the YRB and water mosaics (May 2008) from four TM images in the
    Yukon Flats were completed in preparation for flood water dynamics
    analysis.
   The manuscript "A self-trained classification technique for producing 30-m
    percent-water maps from Landsat data" by J. Rover, J., B. Wylie, and L. Ji
    was recommended for publication in the International Journal of Remote
    Sensing. We are currently revising and responding to comments.
   The manuscript "A comparative analysis of three different MODIS NDVI
    data sets for Alaska and adjacent Canada" by Ji, L., B. Wylie, B.
    Ramachandran, and C. Jenkerson was conditionally accepted for the
    Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing.
   R. Singh and Z. Tan selected three study areas from Mid-continent
    Intensive field Campaign (MCI) of the NACP. These areas are from
    Wisconsin (Landsat : path 25, row 28), Illinois ((Landsat : path 23, row 31),
    and Nebraska ((Landsat : path 28, row 31). As major study areas, they
    downloaded representative meteorological data for these three study sites
    and computed reference evapotranspiration, used the METRIC model for
    estimating actual evapotranspiration for the acquired Landsat scenes,
    modified the EC-LUE model for estimating GPP for these study areas, and
    made a presentation of the modeling outputs during the LandCarbon
    group meeting.
   The book chapter, “Quantifying the Spatial Details of Carbon
    Sequestration Potential and Performance” by S. Liu was published in the

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    book Carbon Sequestration and its Role in the Global Carbon Cycle by
    Brian McPherson and Eric Sundquist (eds.), pp. 117-128, DOI:
    10.1029/2006GM000524.
   C. Young continues development work on the EcoServ: Soil Erosion and
    Deposition (USPED) model and is using a python script she developed to
    fix a problem with PAR MODIS data, and has it is working for one tile.
   Materials for inclusion in the Greenbook were prepared and delivered to
    the CEN, GAM, and the GD alternative energy programs, including the
    new activity on “Carbon and Biofuels.”
   The LandCarbon Team began the process of redesigning, debugging, and
    documenting the EDCM and GEMS models with a targeted completion
    date prior to the end of the current TSSC contract.
   G. Tappan and M. Budde just returned from field research, November 28-
    December11, 2009 in Senegal in support of the USGS/USAID Program for
    Monitoring Natural Resources of Senegal. This included monitoring,
    mapping and assessing the extent and condition of the Kedougou
    Region’s land resources, including critical biodiverse habitats, through the
    use and promotion of geospatial technologies. They are working with
    government of Senegal resource managers to help them “see” the land
    resources geographically, in both their current state and through time.
    The Kedougou Region of southeastern Senegal stands out for its relatively
    pristine and semi-natural landscapes and harbors some of Senegal’s most
    critical and biodiverse habitats. In addition, the region includes the large
    Niokolo-Koba National Park. The park and the zones to the east still
    preserve a relatively abundant diversity of flora and fauna, including
    Africa’s westernmost populations of chimpanzees and a variety of
    antelope. New roads and recent gold and iron mining activities threaten a
    number of critical habitats. Trip accomplishments include:
         o Coordinated with USAID/Senegal/Natural Resources Management
             Office to review project objectives for Year 1, met with main
             counterparts at the Centre de Suivi Ecologique to define
             collaboration.
         o Integrated with partners who will be key users of the natural
             resource mapping and assessments we are generating; these
             included key GOS institutions (Direction des Eaux, Forêts, Chasse,
             et Conservation des Sols (DEFCCS), the Direction des Parcs
             Nationaux (DPN)), NGOs, and the USAID Wula Nafaa Program.
         o Conducted a joint field trip with CSE to collect field information in
             support of the mapping and biodiverse habitat monitoring efforts in
             the Kedougou Region.
         o Revisited select ground monitoring sites established by G. Tappan
             and A. Bodian in 1984, and assessed specific changes in
             vegetation cover.
         o Evaluated existing land cover/vegetation maps of the Kedougou
             Region to determine how well they can be incorporated into the
             present mapping effort.

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Topographic Sciences (NGP, GAM, and LRS affiliated)
   The following lidar data had been processed to 1/9th NED (National
     Elevation Data) layers:
         o WA_Spokane (860.03 MB), VT_RockRiver (431.02 MB). The data
             layers were transferred to the ned19_loading directory for loading
             to the SDE (submission and delivery entity). ID_Coeur_d_Alene
             (991.44MB) has also been processed to 1/9th NED layer. Loading
             is pending the completion of the metadata delivered.
   USGS EROS staff worked with Rolla staff to reconcile Cape May County,
     New Jersey data which does not geo-locate properly. Staff began work on
     Salem and Mercer Counties in New Jersey and edited a shapefile for
     Pennsylvania dataset.
   Pursuant to a re-examination of a large number of nominal 10-meter
     elevation datasets submitted for potential inclusion in the NED, they
     appear to exhibit systematic positional errors, and that they may also be
     miscoded in terms of their vertical datum. While this does not
     automatically preclude their use, since such errors can be corrected after
     the fact, it is uncertain that the effort would be well justified.
   Approximately 2.5 gigabytes (gb) of new NED 1/9th arc-second data to the
     Topographic sciences GASR-16 database were successfully loaded for
     the initial FY10 NED data release. Completed a backup of GASR-16 and
     NED GRID spatial metadata files onto two (2) DVDs per customer
     request.
   A minor adjustment to the extractor code appears to have cleared up an
     issue reported in late December, wherein some points within a defined
     polygon might not be reported consistently between the two service
     options. (highest point / points above threshold)
   Revised onset of deposition points were received for the Station Fire
     region in Southern California. Using these new points, new debris flow
     inundation zones have been created using a 3-meter resolution DEM
     based lidar data from Los Angeles County.

Fire Science Project (GAM- and LRS-affiliated)
LandCarbon-Disturbance Characterization and Forecasting
    First draft of disturbance task chapter for methodology due January 25,
      2010
    Presentations at American Geophysical Union in San Francisco (Dec. 14-
      18, 2009)
          o Shi, H., T. Hawbaker, M. Rollins, J. Vogelmann, Z. Zhu. 2009.
             “Predicting burn severity and patterns of biomass consumption in
             support of national-scale carbon assessment”. Poster, American
             Geophysical Union (AGU) 2009 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA
          o Cheng, H., A. Li, H. Shi, G. Sun, Z. Zhu, S.N. Goward, J. Masek.
             2009. “Developing a fine resolution forest height map for
             Mississippi using Landsat time series observation and GLAS Lidar

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             data”. Oral presentation, American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2009
             Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California
         o Hawbaker, T., M. Rollins, J. Vogelmann, H. Shi, T. Sohl. 2009.
             “National disturbance modeling system to support ecological
             carbon sequestration assessments”. Oral presentation, American
             Geophysical Union (AGU) 2009 Fall Meeting, San Francisco,
             California
         o Hicke, J.A., R. Hall, C. Allen, A. Desai, M. Dietze, E.H. Hogg, D.
             Moore, K. Raffa, R. Sturrock, and J. Vogelmann. 2009, “The
             effects of biotic disturbances on the North American Carbon Cycle:
             a review.” Oral Presentation, American Geophysical Union (AGU)
             2009 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California.
Wildland Fuel Mapping
    Work initiated to improve LANDFIRE surface and canopy fuel layers.
      Completion date 05/01/10.
Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity (MTBS)
    Work continues on the 2008 fires. Currently waiting on southeast scene
      selection guidance from Josh Picotte, Tall Timbers Research Station
      Tallahassee, FL. He is expected to finish scene selections by the end of
      January 2010.
    U.S. Forest Service and EROS are meeting to discuss the Southeast
      Review.
    MTBS project still experiencing a delay in Landsat processing orders.

Current 2008

January 6, 2010
                                                                       Grand
                          # Fire            # Rx       #               Total
                          Mapped            Visible    Unmappable      Assessed
Total 2008 Fires          228                          141             369

Total (USGS & RSAC) fires staged on
the distribution site (to date):
6,702(4/10/2009)

Burn Severity Support
   DOI Burn Severity Support - No requests for support this period. There
      are no active large fires in the USA; however, regions of Australia continue
      to experience strong winds, dry conditions and extreme temperatures
      driving many bushfires. In coordination with DOI staff at the National
      Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), USGS EROS will respond to potential
      Australian requests for burn severity mapping support as their fire season
      develops.



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      R. McKinley (USGS EROS) has been asked to co-author a USFS
       magazine popular article (non peer-reviewed) related to Burned Area
       Emergency Response (BAER) burn mapping support for DOI and USFS.
       The lead author will be Jess Clark (USFS RSAC). This period an initial
       draft of the article was developed and edited by the authors. A final draft
       is likely to be ready for USGS and USFS reviews next period.

**Data Management Branch
Earth Observing System (EOS)
 The Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC) is arriving
   at a significant milestone, transition of the near line silo data records to a
   complete on-line archive. This transition is 88% complete by volume and LP
   DAAC management anticipates a complete transition by late February 2010.
   With the completion of that transition and reading of some problem tapes, the
   three silos located in Computer Room 2 will be prepared for disassembly and
   removal from EROS by midsummer. At that point the LP DAAC Computer
   Room footprint will have been reduced from 1/2 of Computer Room 2 to
   approximately 1/8th of the total floor space.

Emergency Operations (EO)
 Multiple staff have been trained and are ingesting the Digital Globe
  CitySphere data sets. Loaded 46 of an estimated 200 cities of data set to
  Hazards Data Distribution System (HDDS) as baseline imagery for a total of
  70 cities loaded to date.

Emergency Operations (EO) Liaison
 Participated in the Executive Secretariat telecon for the International Charter
  Space and Major Disasters.
 Preparing for the International Charter Space and Major Disasters Project
  Manager training class to be given in Denver at the National Training Center
  on January 12 – 14, 2010.
 Will attend the U.S. Air Force Eagle Vision Users Group Meeting in San
  Diego, California on January 20, 2010. Will provide a presentation on USGS
  Emergency Response remote sensing activities.
 Submitted paperwork 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.
 Provided on-call officer support for the United Nations activation of the
  International Charter for the tsunami in the Solomon Islands. Have submitted
  a request to National Geospatial-intelligence Agency (NGA) for high
  resolution imagery of the area.
 Listened to the presentations from the National Level Exercise 2011, National
  Initial Planning Conference, that was held in Arlington, Virginia via webex.
 Provided on-call officer support for the European Union activation of the
  International Charter for the flooding in Albania. Have submitted requests for

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   radar and optical imagery over the area.

Information Access and Data Distribution (IADD)
Upcoming Activities and Highlights
 Telecon set up with USGS Denver, and others, regarding supporting scientific
   modeling through Thematic Realtime Environmental Distributed Data
   Services (THREDDS) and Network Common Data Form (NetCDF) protocols.
 Participating in Webinar entitled: "Realizing DOI’s ArcGIS Image Server
   Investment" hosted by ESRI and DOI. Providing Image Server
   implementation information.
 NGA visit (St. Louis/Arnold MO Staff) for business model and technical
   discussions with Information Solutions – IADD Project – week of February 1,
   2010.
 NGA Visit (Bethesda Maryland staff) for business model and technical
   discussions with Information Solutions-IADD Project – late February – early
   March 2010 (TBD).
Orthoimagery
 Reclaimed .490 TB of Oracle work space for continued procession of
   Orthoimagery on IADD Data Loading Systems.
 Released 30 High Resolution Orthoimagery areas to The National Map
   Seamless Server for viewing, data downloads, and Web Map Services
   (WMS). Metadata is automatically included with all downloads.
 Staff investigated the impacts and benefits of moving the Data Raster
   Graphics (DRG) from SNS19 to the Oracle Grid.
Orthoimagery - National Geospatial Agency (NGA)
 Delivered four areas of High Resolution Orthoimagery (HRO) to the (NGA)
   Homeland Defense Division (PMH) offices in Bethesda, Maryland and Arnold,
   Missouri (212 DVD’s per office). We processed the data to NGA
   specifications.
General Information Technology (IT)
The National Map Seamless Server Weekly Statistics
   o Users generated 79 custom printable maps as Portable Document Format
      (PDF) files on The National Map Seamless Server.
   o The National Map Seamless Server delivered 12,473 files of data through
      direct downloads.
   o Tiled Data Distribution System on The National Map Seamless Server
      delivered 331 downloads of Orthoimagery from the archive.
 Completed backups of 1.815 TB from IADD's Production Databases to the
   SL8500 Nearline Mass Storage System.
 Integrated .475TB of new data onto IADD's Production Database.
 Staff completed technical specifications supporting Oracle Maintenance
   renewals.
 Staff upgraded the Metadata Client on 16 IADD Windows servers moved the
   metadata connections to a new network switch.
 Staff added Windows based application server (Chipper) to Image Server
   Storage Area Network in preparation for creation of standardized products.

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Information Technology (IT) Security – General
 Performed IT security work
Elevation
 No input this reporting period.
Landcover (NLCD)
 No input this reporting period.
Services Delivery – Viewer
 Completed multiple modifications and enhancements to the Inventory service.
 Started work on adding additional files for the National Elevation Dataset
   (NED) to the Raster Clip Engine.
 Enabled Image Server National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP)
   downloads.
 Created composite NAIP Image Service.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
 Staff began installation; configuration and software build out of systems
   supporting ArcGIS Server for FEMA data access and deliveries.
Geography Websites (Includes Geography, Land Remote Sensing (LRS),
and Geographic Analysis and Monitoring (GAM) websites)
 No input this reporting period.
Land Remote Sensing (LRS)
 Updated the USGS Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feed for the Land
   Remote Sensing (LRS) project.
Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS)
    Performed IT security work.
GeoINT- NGA
 Staff began process of installing new metadata network switch for NGA
   hardware.
 Staff began installation; configuration and software build out of NGA procured
   ArcGIS Server Windows server platforms.
 Staff began installation; configuration and software build out of NGA procured
   Image Server Windows platforms.
Other Science Reimbursable Work
 Update the NAIP dataset in the Border Health viewer.

Long Term Archive (LTA)
 The LTA project is currently implementing a flow for receiving, archiving, and
  distributing data from the SPOT 4 and 5 satellites covering mainly the
  conterminous United States. The hardware to process the imagery isn't
  scheduled to arrive until the end of February. Until that time we will be
  receiving SPOT data through the network from the Canadian reception
  station. The data from both satellites will be made available to a selected set
  of users through Earth Explorer (EE). Accuracy assessments are being
  performed comparing L1B data received from SPOT, data processed through
  National Landsat Archive Production System (NLAPS) and data processed
  through Geospatial Data Abstraction Library (GDAL) software.


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  Processed 40,807 scenes in the SPOT historical archive L1G resulting for a
   total of 480,948 SPOT scenes (68% complete) web enabled on EE.
 Ingested 3,881 PALSAR scenes resulting in a total of 53,289 scenes web
   enabled. .
 On demand scanning sales: A total of 70 scans were shipped this week.
   Scanning backlog is 57 frames on 26 orders. A total of 1,097 frames have
   been shipped year to date.
 Archive Scanning: The Phoenix V scanning systems imaged 3,934 frames
   this week resulting in a cumulative total of 80,153 images (390 rolls) ingested
   into the archive and web enabled.
 Single Frame Metadata for last week involved 26 indexes generating 4,721
   records. To date the team has converted 1,772,257 records from photo
   indexes and 44,464from map-line plots generated for a total of 1,816,721
   single frame records.
 Engineering staff are working on architecture plan to consolidate servers to
   reduce long term operations and maintenance costs to the project.
Orthoimagery Archive
 1.1 TB of HRO aerial digital data was ingested from the backlog to a
   “managed state” for a total of 113.8 TB managed and archived. The un-
   managed backlog is 38.5 TB.
 1,362,621 images are web-enabled through EE.
Upcoming Events
 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.
 Continued software development in support of the Landsat project for
   recovering the Landsat Multispectral Scanner (MSS) orphan scenes. The
   initial phase of porting the software from SG IRIX to Linux is scheduled for
   completion in January 2010.
 Currently re-building the ingest code in support of the Eagle Vision Radarsat
   2 data collection due to Eagle Visions change in requirements.
 In support of the LPDAAC, receive, ingest, and web enable 50,000 high
   resolution scans of the Heat Capacity Mapping Mission (HCMM) historical film
   collection.
 SPOT representatives will be making a TS5 pre-installation site visit to EROS
   February 4 -5, 2010.

Remote Sensing Technologies (RST)
 The Remote Sensing Technologies (RST) Project continues to support the
  advancement of federal and commercial airborne imaging through the
  development of calibration technologies and techniques for the latest
  generation of aerial sensors. RST staff concluded recent work with staff from
  the NGA and Lawrence-Livermore National Laboratories (LLNL) in the
  development of calibration methods for a novel multi-camera system to be
  used for aerial imaging. This sensor uses long focal length lenses, a trend
  noted by the RST project with several other partners in 2009, which exceed

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   the capabilities of existing calibration methods. While arriving at a suitable
   interim solution for this system, the RST Project feels that this is an area for
   further research and is looking for collaborators and sponsors for the
   development of more robust and reliable calibration methods for this class of
   imaging systems.
 Additionally, the RST Project is working jointly with a commercial flyer from
   Texas and a noted manufacturer of high-end commercial cameras during this
   period to calibrate a commercial camera so that it might be used in aerial
   mapping. Beacon Aviation is using a 39 megapixel Hasselblad camera
   system for aerial imaging that was calibrated during this period at EROS. At
   39 megapixels, this system has a pixel coverage comparable to an entire
   Landsat image. After the new year, RST will be calibrating Hasselblad’s new
   60 megapixel camera when it becomes available for use in aerial remote
   sensing.
Joint Agency Commercial Imagery Evaluation (JACIE) Workshop agenda
and registration page being finalized
 The RST project and the JACIE team completed evaluation of abstracts and
   speakers for support to the 9th Annual JACIE Civil Commercial Imagery
   Evaluation Workshop. The workshop will be held March 16-18, 2010 at the
   Fairfax Marriott® at Fair Oaks in Fairfax, Virginia. The intent is to post the
   final agenda on January 20, 2010.
   o Actions: The LRS program has invited the DOI's Deputy Assistant
       Secretary for Water and Science, John Tubbs, as a keynote at the Joint
       Agency Commercial Imagery Evaluation Workshop. Additionally, as the
       USGS JACIE representative, we need to invite the Director of the USGS,
       Associate Director for Geography, the Land Remote Sensing Program
       Coordinator, and the National Geospatial Program Coordinator to the
       JACIE workshop this year and ask for participation as the USGS
       Government speaker. An email to LRS program coordinator has been
       provided asking for this support.
Joint National Digital Ortho Photography Program (NDOP) Technical
Subcommittee and Inter-Agency Digital Image Working Group (IADIWG)
Meeting
 The RST project, working with the National Digital Orthophotography Program
   (NDOP) Technical Subcommittee and the InterAgency Digital Imagery
   Working Group (IADIWG), has finalized the agenda for the joint agency
   meeting next week. The meeting is being hosted at the Bureau of Land
   Management (BLM) National Training Center (NTC) in Phoenix, Arizona on
   January 12-14, 2010 and USGS is providing the WebEx for the meeting. The
   meeting will cover many areas; such as, agency status on digital imagery, the
   NDOP Technical Subcommittee Charter (as part of Federal Geospatial Data
   Committee (FGDC)), the IADIWG Charter, Update of NDOP- Imagery for the
   Nation (IFTN) Technical Specification, Common Data Distribution Processes,
   Calibration Range and Validation Range Specifications (USGS/NGA
   Ranges), Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) additions to Range
   Specifications, Agency support for USGS National Ranges, Acquistion

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   Guidelines and associated Spec and Check Tool, in situ Camera and LiDAR
   calibration, Compression technology, Common Data formats, and LiDAR
   requirements and standards. Vendor presentations will be done by Digital
   Globe, Microsoft Vexcel, Microsoft Bing, University of Calgary, North West
   Geomatics Ltd., also known as North West Group, and LizardTech.

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

Data and Information Management
 Assisted Government staff in reviewing office files before they transferred.
   Approximately ten linear feet were reviewed.
 Finalizing a Midwest Archive Conference article for publishing in the journal
   Archival Issues. The topic details the scientific records appraisal process
   required at EROS and the progress we’ve made over the last five years.
 Six administrative boxes were reviewed with the majority containing
   manuscripts from the 1980s. The manuscripts were given to the EROS
   Librarian to ensure our publications database is current and complete.
 Installed three environmental sensors to the Film Archive to better understand
   the temperature and relative humidity levels present.
Major Upcoming Events/Activities
 No input this reporting period

Enterprise and Information Technology (E&IT) Project Management
Enterprise and Information Technology Project Management
 No input this reporting period.
Enterprise IT
 Purchased maintenance and support for the Universal Imaging Utility (UIU)
   COTS.
 A second hardware acquisition waiver to purchase from the open market
   rather than the Bureau Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) was submitted by
   the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) project to continue its expansion
   during this development period. A waiver was also submitted for the United
   Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) staff to purchase a Mac for their
   development and processing requirements.
IT Security
 Testing for implementation of the Federal Desktop Core Configuration
   (FDCC) Security Technical Information Guides (STIGs) was completed. A
   summary of the issues and resolutions was compiled and sent to the projects
   for subsequent implementation in Windows desktop systems.
 The audit of individuals with card key access into the three computer rooms
   has been completed. As a result of the audit, slightly less than 100 card key
   access capabilities have been revoked.
 Participated in the weekly USGS IT Security Steering Committee
   teleconference which has been focusing the past months on the remediation
   of Plan Of Action & Milestones (POA&Ms) resulting from the most recent

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   Certification and Accreditation (C&A) activity. Detailed discussion of security
   controls continued.
Network Services O&M
 Network engineers have opened a trouble call with a relevant vendor as a
   result of a one-minute outage of the Office Automation (OA) network on the
   original portion of the Center. The outage occurred as an engineer was
   removing a fiber-optic gigabit module from the backbone switch that connects
   to the OA distribution switches. The removal of the module should not have
   caused any errors, but it caused the blade in which it was housed to execute
   a reboot. The outage occurred after hours on December 12, 2009.
 Auto-failover between the two backbone firewalls was tested after link
   aggregation of the switches was completed (below). Failover occurred as
   expected and primary function was reset to Firewall 1 as per standard
   operating practice. (Failover to Firewall 2 occurred during the November 17,
   2009 outage and primary responsibility had not been returned to Firewall 1.)
Network Services Development and Tech Investigations
 The Network task is compiling a complete list of public-facing servers in
   preparation for implementation of the new firewall in February. It appears that
   as many as 100 servers will be impacted by the deployment of the firewall.
   Project servers will be deployed according to a schedule still being developed
   by network engineers.

Desktop Services Support (DSS)
 The DSS focused on the adjustment to the Technical Requirements
  Document (TRD) and Technical Service Support Contract (TSSC) proposed
  work plan and associated installation coordination priorities.
 Initiated implementation planning for the new Federal Desktop Core
  Configuration (FDCC) Security STIGs. The current date for implementation is
  approximately January 15, 2010. More planning is expected next week.
 The TSSC is preparing a draft response to TRD34 requirements. It is
  expected to be reviewed and accepted next week.
 DSS is currently developing new Standard Configurations that will soon be
  published to a DSS Specific Web location. Estimated initial update is
  expected to be mid-January 2010.

Landsat
Travel
 None
Flight Operations
 Landsat 5 – The secondary Traveling Wave Tube Amplifier (TWTA) failed on
    December 18, 2009. On January 7, 2010 the first successful transmission of
    Landsat 5 data occurred by converting to the primary TWTA. This is the first
    transmission of data from the primary TWTA since it failed in 1987. Testing
    will continue on the primary TWTA through January 11, 2010. It testing
    continues to be successful, the mission will be declared operational next
    week.

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  Landsat 7 – No significant issues
  Special Mission Management Office (MMO) request for Landsat 7 acquisition
   for Solomon Islands earthquake
Ground Operations/Web-enabling
 Processed 25,211 standard recipe scenes
   o Users downloaded 62,324 scenes (December 20, 2009 – January 8,
       2010).
 Finalized plans for the full-res browse and watermarked browse. Presented
   to Headquarters. Next step is to present them at the science team meeting
   on January 19, 2010.
 Work continues on the MSS production capability. IAS 10.0 (MSS-P) is in
   system test. The IAS 10.1 (MSS-X) Critical Design Review (CDR) which is
   was held on 12/23 and the LPGS 11.0 (MSS-P) Test Rediness Review (TRR)
   was held on January 7, 2010.
 Sent final statement of work and received schedule for the ground station
   automation work.
 Began ground station planning for the SPOT reception work to be completed
   at EROS.
 Preparing Landsat content for the Landsat science team meeting that is
   scheduled for January 19-21, 2010.
 Performed Effective Isotropic Radiated Power (EIRP) tests during all Landsat
   5 passes for Landsat 5 TWTA anomaly troubleshooting purposes.
 Created Landsat Global Archive charts that outline path/row/date
   combinations that are available at international ground stations that we do not
   have in the archive.
 Prepared and held the EROS Web Enabled Weekly teleconference.
 Prepared and participated in the Data Management Branch monthly review.
 Performed a public File Transfer Protocol (FTP) server cleanup removing
   33,533 level 1 scenes.
 In cooperation with LTA, released L0Rp on-demand capability.

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

Upcoming Events/Meetings
      Storage & Archive Engineering Peer Review (EPR), EROS, January
       12, 2010
      Collection Activity Planning Element (CAPE) Pre-Ship Review (PSR),
       EROS, January 14, 2010
      User Portal EPR, EROS, January 15, 2010
      Landsat Science Team Meeting, California, January 19-22, 2010
      Image Assessment Subsystem EPR, EROS, January 19, 2010
      Level 1 Product Generation Subsystem EPR, EROS, January 20, 2010

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         Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Ground Network EPR,
          EROS, January 21, 2010
        Ground Network Element (GNE) Critical Design Review (CDR) Dry-
          Run, EROS, January 22, 2010
        Metrics Database Subsystem EPR 2, EROS, January 22, 2010
        Thermal Infrared Sensor CDR Dry-Run, Goddard Space Flight Center
          (GSFC), January 25-29, 2010
        Algorithm Integration EPR, EROS, January 25, 2010
        Data Processing and Archive Segment (DPAS) Level 4 (L4) EPR,
          EROS, January 26-27, 2010
        Validation & Verification Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM), GSFC,
          February 2, 2010
        Integration & Test (I&T) TIM, GSFC, February 3, 2010
        GNE CDR, EROS, February 9, 2010
        DPAS CDR Dry-Run, EROS, February 10-11, 2010
        DPAS CDR, EROS, February 23-24, 2010
      Ground System (GS) Critical Design Review (GS CDR), EROS, March 16-
       17, 2010

Accomplishments / Status
Project Management (PE) / Systems Engineering (SE)
       Reviewed and updated the LDCM Ground Readiness Test (GRT) Plan
         for accuracy associated with USGS development and test activities.
         Specific emphasis was placed on GNE availability for test and DPAS
         activities associated with GRT 4 sequence tests. The goal is to have
         this document in good shape for an upcoming EPR of the Ground
         System I&T approach.
       Completed development of an initial GS CDR attendee list. The net
         result was a decision to host the GS CDR off-site at a hotel location in
         Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Initial logistics and coordination for this off-
         site location was conducted.
       Finalized list of Information Technology (IT) Security documentation
         required from the USGS in support of the LDCM GS CDR. The total
         list is a combination of LDCM specific documentation and a series of
         overarching Landsat IT Security documents.
       Revised the LDCM Ground System Build Definition to ensure
         documentation reflects current understanding of how developed
         functionality flows into the GS Operations environment for readiness
         testing.
       Traveling to GSFC during week of January 11, 2010 to participate in a
         series of GS Management discussions concerning the GS CDR.
       Completed an action from the December 17, 2009 DOI Investment
         Review Board (IRB), to further analyze and discuss the proposed
         Landsat Science Data System (LSDS) investment. Held a telecon with
         Geography, the USGS Capital Planning Investment Control (CPIC)
         Office, and DOI IRB representatives to discuss the results of further

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          analysis. The DOI representatives accepted and approved the
          proposal.
         Presented the FY12 LSDS "reselect" briefing and preliminary budget
          request to the USGS IRB.
         Attended a telecon with USGS CPIC Office, DOI IRB representatives,
          and USGS Office of Management and Budget (OMB) examiner to
          present the proposed consolidated LSDS investment for approval by
          OMB. Once approved, the USGS will be allowed to take final steps in
          merging the separate Landsat and LDCM investments into a final
          single LSDS investment.
         Initiated the process to update the LDCM Continuous Risk
          Management Plan (CRMP) to become the LSDS CRMP and additional
          changes in support of the upcoming GS CDR.
         Reviewed the LDCM Ground System Quality Management Plan and
          met with the Technical Support Services Contract Quality Office to
          initiate changes in support of the upcoming GS CDR.
         Conducted a TIM for the use of the Distributed Object Oriented
          Requirements System in managing the verification of LDCM
          requirements. The overall method to allow the tracking of
          requirements through Level 2 through Level 5 integration and testing
          was presented.

Development
Flight Systems Development/Flight Operations Segment (FDS/FOS)
        The CAPE team successfully completed L4 requirements verification
          testing. There were ten minor test discrepancies, which have been
          fixed and re-tested.
        The CAPE team is preparing materials for system delivery and the
          PSR, scheduled for next Thursday (January 14, 2010 – contact G. Mah
          or R. Pater)
        The GNE team is completing documents for the upcoming peer review.
        The servers for the GNE Data Collection and Routing Subsystem have
          been delivered and installation is about to begin.
        The Mission Operations Element (MOE) team is completing work for
          the build 2 system verification test and has started work on the test
          plans and procedures for build 3.
Data Processing and Archive System (DPAS)
        The DPAS team is preparing for remaining EPRs for the DPAS
          element and subsystems.
        The DPAS team has finalized paperwork for procurement of systems
          needed for the I&T environment.
Development Infrastructure
        The audit of the inventory database has been completed and
          baselined. Development now controls all hardware software and
          location through the Development Configuration Control Board.



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         The build out of the DPAS Ops and Test room continues. Walls and
          carpet are finished, furniture and wiring is next.

Operations
      Work continued on the transition documentation preparation. Progress
         has been made in defining the activities and format of the interagency
         transition document as well as the flight systems development to
         operations transition.
      The NASA Flight Operations Team (FOT) has been supporting the
         remote testing of the CAPE from the Mission Operations Center (MOC)
         location. The testing was successful.
      Supported a DMS model meeting which focused on the operations
         concepts for the backup archive remote agent. The group also
         continued to resolve issues with the model with respect to the correct
         flow for each product.
      The NASA FOT has begun configuring the Sharepoint system that will
         be used for configuration management of flight operations
         documentation.
      Training was conducted on the Landsat Scaleable Integrated Multi-
         Mission Simulation system update for the NASA FOT in the MOE lab
         on Wednesday, January 6, 2010.
      The NASA FOT has been re-executing MOE Site Verification Tests in
         the MOC and reporting issues to the MOE team.
      Addressed several technical questions and updates to the LDCM GS
         to International Cooperator (IC) Interface Specification Document in
         support of the upcoming GS CDR.
   Conducted Landsat Technical Working Group #19 (LTWG#19) and
     Landsat Ground Station Operators Working Group #39 meeting
     coordination and logistics planning with our meeting planning services
     contractor. Several IC LTWG#19 attendance responses have come in
     and several additional attendees have requested invitation letters.
     Coordinating Thailand invitation letters, in addition, to support IC travel
     requirements.
LDCM Science
  Landsat Science Team
   A revised agenda has been distributed for the meeting to be held January
     19-2, 2010 in Mountain View, California.
  Science R&D
   A proposal has been submitted to the Yukon River Basin project to study
     the state of glaciers in the basin using Landsat data.
   The Science Data Management Plan has been updated to reflect changes
     to the DPAS since the PDR and has been sent to the NASA Project
     Scientist for review.

**Director’s Office



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Weather had an impact on EROS operations. The major storm over the
Christmas period and blizzard and extreme cold conditions following New Years
day forced closure or late starts for the Center on three separate occasions.

The Strategic Plan for EROS is nearing completion as comments from
stakeholders are being addressed.

The EROS Enterprise Architecture (EA) Workshop will be held January 26-27,
2010 at EROS. This will be the first in a series of EA Workshop to be held over
the next several months.




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