gis-l: Gathering Non-Federal information about Landsat data continuity
Mon, 20 Sep 2004 17:23:28 -0400
The Federal government is in the process of deciding what to do with =
To help in the decision-making, they are trying to determine the =
uses of LANDSAT data. In this email is a list of questions pertaining =
use of LANDSAT data. If you have an interest in LANDSAT data, you are
invited to provide input.
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of Mclellan, Sue
Sent: Monday, September 20, 2004 4:29 PM
Subject: shrug-l: FW: Gathering Non-Federal information about Landsat
If you get a chance please fill out questionnaire on use of LANDSAT
data. States input is needed.
Susan E. McLellan, Systems Project Admin.(GIS)
Florida Division of Forestry/ FRPSS
3125 Conner Blvd
Tallahassee, 32399-1650 FL
Dear Federal Landsat users,
Following up on our information gathering efforts from Federal agencies,
would like to gather additional information regarding Landsat data use
the private sector. If you know of NON-FEDERAL Landsat users (including
university researchers, contractors, value-added service or information
providers, or corporations), please forward this questionnaire to them
have them return their response to me as soon as possible, but no later
than September 28.
Thank you for your help.
LANDSAT DATA CONTINUITY - REQUEST FOR INFORMATION<?xml:namespace prefix
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The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy invites you to
provide information about your use of Landsat 5 and Landsat 7 data.
Although this is not a rigorous benefit-cost analysis, your input will
us assess the ways that Landsat data are used and Landsat's importance
Purpose: The purpose of this questionnaire is to assess the importance
Landsat data and the impact of a potential data gap on the missions of
university research projects, corporate users, and value-added data
providers. We would like to identify:
- Critical uses of Landsat data
- The effect of current degraded Landsat 7 data on institutional
- Potential impact of a Landsat data gap plus experience with alternate
- Potential cost and operational impacts resulting from a Landsat data
- Critical needs and concerns concerning Landsat data
Who should respond? Scientists, other technical users, program
and corporate or university managers who use Landsat data.
IF YOUR INSTITUTION OR COMPANY USES LANDSAT DATA, PLEASE HAVE SOMEONE
RESPOND TO THIS QUESTIONNAIRE. Please feel free to pass the
along to other Landsat users.
Please answer the following questions briefly and return to
email@example.com as soon as possible, but before COB September 28.
NOTE: We will compile the results for distribution, so if you prefer
your input not be distributed, clearly mark your response appropriately.
1. Please tell us about you and your organization. Provide as much
as you wish:
Contractor or consultant
Value-added service or information provider
2. Briefly summarize how Landsat 5 and/or Landsat 7 image data are used
your institution or company (one paragraph):
How many projects or applications use Landsat data in your
Breadth and frequency (if repeated) of coverage needed
Do you use un-enhanced data, purchase value-added information
products, or do you process the data yourself?
What kinds of reports or analyses result from your use of Landsat
3. Are you able to use the degraded Landsat 7 data or current Landsat 5
data for your purposes, or is your mission compromised by the problems
4. What are your alternate data sources to meet your mission needs?
technical compromise is required? What is the cost differential? Could
the alternate data sources satisfy your mission requirements for the
5. If there is a gap in acquisition of Landsat data, how would such a
affect your programs and mission?
6. How important is the cost of Landsat data to your programs? If
data were free, would your institution/company use significantly more
to enhance your mission?
7. Would your programs use (or prefer) 10m resolution multispectral
if it were available at comparable cost?
8. What is the primary source of funding for your work that includes
Totally funded by Federal funds (grants and/or contracts)
Partially funded by Federal funds. What proportion?
Private or corporate funding.
Other. Please specify ___________________________
9. Do you have other concerns about Landsat continuity that are not
addressed by the previous questions? If so, please provide them.
If your institution/company has conducted an analysis of Landsat use and
you would like to submit a white paper, please feel free to do so.
However, we would still like to make sure that the questions above are
answered. Thank you.
Gene Whitney, Ph.D.
National Science and Technology Council
Executive Office of the President
Office of Science and Technology Policy
New <?xml:namespace prefix =3D st1 ns =3D
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725 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20502
(See attached file: Non-Federal questionnaire.doc)