The Global Land Survey (GLS) is a partnership between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), in support of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) and the NASA Land-cover and Land-use Change (LCLUC) Program.

Characterizing trends in land cover and land use remains a key goal for Earth science. The GLS is assembling a global dataset of 30-meter resolution satellite imagery to support measurement of Earth's land cover and rates of land cover change during the first decade of the 21st century.

The GLS builds on the existing Geocover data sets developed for the 1970's, 1990, and 2000. Some 9500 Landsat images from the period 2004-2007 will be acquired, processed, and made available to the public via FTP download. Given the failure of the Landsat-7 ETM+ Scan Line Corrector in 2003, a combination of Landsat-7 gap-filled data and Landsat-5 data from U.S. and international ground stations will be used in the project. Additional imagery from ASTER and EO-1 ALI imagers will be included to augment the Landsat coverage. Processing will begin in early 2007 and orthorectified products will be made available for download throughout the project. The complete dataset is expected to be completed in late 2008.

We are interested in your feedback. Questions or comments may be directed to: glsinfo@hermes.geog.umd.edu


NASA LCLUC Program Manager: Garik Gutman
NASA LCLUC Program Scientist: Chris Justice
NASA GLS Project Lead: Jeff Masek
USGS GLS Project Lead: John Dwyer



Landsat imagery showing rapid deforestation near Santa Cruz, Bolivia, from 1984 (top) till 1995 (bottom) (courtesy of C. Tucker, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center). One of the goals of the NASA Land-cover and Land-use Change (LCLUC) Program is to develop the capability to generate periodic inventories of global land cover conditions.