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NASA and USGS Announce Media Briefing: How Will We Sustain a More Populated Planet?
RESTON, Va. -- Expanding demand from a growing world population -- now numbered at over 7 billion -- exerts unprecedented pressure on global resources, especially forests, water, and agriculture. Observing our world by remote sensing satellites enables scientists around the world to detect the most critical trends in natural resource conditions at local to global scales. Since 1972, the Landsat Earth observation satellites have monitored changes at the Earth’s land surface, including changes in forests, water bodies and agricultural and urban areas.

Using the nearly 40 year global Landsat record in combination with other Earth observation systems and the latest scientific techniques in Earth imaging, experts in mapping and monitoring our planet will describe present conditions and outline the future of many of Earth's natural resources.
  • Alan Belward, European Commission Joint Research Centre
  • Matthew Hansen, University of Maryland, College Park
  • James Irons, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Curtis Woodcock, Boston University
  • Thomas Loveland, U.S. Geological Survey, moderator

Local reporters can attend the press event at the Pecora Remote Sensing Symposium, Hilton Washington Dulles Hotel, Herndon, Va., in the Potomac Ballroom, on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 12 p.m. EST. Reporters wishing to participate via telecom should call 1-888-469-0941. Outside of the U.S. call 415-228-3913, passcode "Landsat" for both lines. Reporters can follow this event at: Video of the press briefing will be streamed live at:

Background Videos for the briefing can be found at:

Goddard Release No. 11-075

Rani Gran
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

Jon Campbell
U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Va.