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Welcome to the 2010 Briefing Series for Members of Congress and Staff

This year's theme is "Start with Science"

Previous Congressional Briefings

First in the 2010 series

The Landsat Program: A Clear View of Society and the Environment from Space

Science requires perspective and objectivity. The USGS provides both from the Landsat series of satellites. Multispectral imagery from Landsat — unique among the world's observation satellites in it's coverage, versatility, and continuity — fuels advanced research about the state of the Earth. Since 2008, when the images were made available free of charge, there has been a burst of innovative science applications. Come learn about what Landsat can do from the researchers doing it.

Date: March 26, 2010
Time: 10:00 a.m.

2325 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC


Western State Water Council logo Tony Willardson
Executive Director
Western States Water Council

Virginia Tech logoRandy Wynne
Professor of Forestry
Virginia Tech

USGS identifier Bryant Cramer
Associate Director for Geography
U.S. Geological Survey


Powerpoints: The Landsat Program: A Clear View of Society and the Environment from Space 
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Speaker Biographies

Tony Willardson is the Executive Director of the Western States Water Council. Organized in 1965, the council brings about effective cooperation among Western states in the conservation, development and management of water resources.

Randy Wynne is a professor of forest biometrics and geomatics at Virginia Tech and a member of the Landsat Science Team. Randy earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1995 and in 2002 he received the Department of Energy’s Outstanding Achievement Award. His academic focus is the application of remote sensing to forestry, natural resource management, ecological modeling, and earth system science.

Bryant Cramer is the Associate Director for Geography at USGS. Bryant came to the USGS after spending 30 years at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) where he held positions at the Johnson Space Center, the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), and NASA Headquarters. Bryant is a double doctor: he holds an M.D. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in engineering from Northwestern University.

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