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NASA Remote Sensing for Land Management

Land cover map, courtesy of Boston University & NASA GSFC

This webinar provides an introduction to Landsat, MODIS and VIIRS products related to land management. It includes introductory technical information about satellite remote sensing, an overview of web-based tools for accessing land cover data, basic information on soil moisture, evapotranspiration and change detection, and some basic methods for incorporating data into GIS.

Learning Objectives: 

Attendees will be able to find and access NASA remote sensing data, as well as have a basic understanding of how to apply the data to land management topics. 

Course Format: 
  • Five, one-hour sessions
  • Introductory Webinar - no remote sensing experience required

This webinar requires no remote sensing experience. 


This course is intended for land managers at the local, state and federal level, NGOs, international management agencies and private sector organizations. 

Registration Information: 

This webinar is free, but you must register for each session before viewing the recording. 

Session One: Overview of NASA Remote Sensing and Earth Systems Modeling Data

An overview of the ARSET program, the course structure and objectives, global land management issues, and NASA remote sensing data for land resource management. View the recording »

Session Two: Land Cover Mapping

A brief review of session one, satellite data processing levels, land cover mapping and web tools for data access, and demonstrations of MRTWeb for selecting and downloading MODIS NDVI and how to import MODIS NDVI into GIS. View the recording »

Session Three: Terrain Data

A brief review of session two, terrain data in the LP DAAC, and a demonstration of the Global Data Explorer. View the recording »

Session Four: Change Detection

The definition, applications, and methods of change detection, where to obtain and visualize change detection datasets, and demonstrations of Global Forest Watch and Worldview. View the recording »

Session Five: Web-based Tools for Data Access & Integration into GIS

A brief review of session four, a demonstration of Web-enabled Landsat Data (WELD), SERVIR Global, DEVELOP, and information about an upcoming wildfire webinar series. View the recording »

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