☀ New Lab Funded Projects, Software List, LandTrendr, and Phi Week.Highlights from your favorite Virtual Earth Science Lab. 

ESIP Lab August Update
Highlights from your favorite Earth science virtual lab! 

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NOTE FROM THE LAB DIRECTOR: It was great to see so many of you at the 2019 ESIP Summer Meeting. If you weren't able to be there in person, check out our Youtube channel, which has recordings of all the plenaries including the Thursday morning Lab plenary session!

In case you're already looking forward to the next ESIP meeting, we've posted the dates for the 2020 Winter Meeting here


1. New class of ESIP Lab projects announced
2. Collaborative Software List
3. LandTrendr
4. Phi Week




New Class of ESIP Lab Projects

Four exemplary projects have been awarded small grant funding through the ESIP Lab! Check out their project ideas here:

Collaborative Software List

During the 2019 ESIP Summer Meeting Unconference we heald a session titled “Tools Tools Tools.” The group put together a working list of software tools useful for Earth scientists and we invite you to add to it!

Find it at: bit.ly/toolstoolstoolstools


Lab Fellow Ben Roberts-Pierel highlights one of his favorite data exploration tools

I am going to make a bit of a topical departure this week and highlight some work that many others in my lab work on, the LandTrendr change detection/disturbance detection algorithm. The LandTrendr algorithm is a temporal and spatial segmentation algorithm used for de-noising and change detection and relies primarily on the Landsat time series. Previous work has focused largely on forest and biomass change in the contiguous United States. As many here will know, the Landsat mission consists of more than three decades of continuous monitoring of changes at the earth’s surface. Unlike some of the missions that have been launched in the last decade, this historical legacy enables us to address questions around temporal and spatial change that are not suited for most other remote sensing platforms. One of the major contributions the Landsat program has made to science is its monitoring and detection of land cover and land use changes over time. Although LandTrendr and similar algorithms have existed for a while, the accessibility and usability has increased dramatically in the last five-ten years. 

LandTrendr is implemented on the Google Earth Engine platform which allows broad accessibility and enables a much wider segment of the scientific and practitioner community to access the tools and data record necessary to detect changes in target ecosystems across the United States. The migration of these kinds of tools to cloud-based platforms has and will continue to have a revolutionary impact on the kinds of questions that can be asked of the data and will continue to expand the scope and scale of the trends that are detectable. 

For those interested in reading more on LandTrendr you can check out the GitHub page at: https://emapr.github.io/LT-GEE/introduction.html where updates are continually being made. 

Phi Week

The European Space Agency (ESA) Φ-week event is, 9-13 September 2019, focusing on EO Open Science and FutureEO.

The Φ-week will include a variety of events (e.g. inspiring talks, workshops, roundtables, startup pitch, hackathons) to connect multi-disciplinary communities – from EO researchers, data scientists, non-space corporates, tech leaders, entrepreneurs, up to startup and innovators – to (i) explore together how EO Open Science and innovation can benefit from the latest digital technologies and (ii) help shapeFutureEO missions and services.

Check their site for links to stream the event on September 9th!

ESIP is funded with support from NASA, NOAA, and the USGS. 
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