Product Type: Open-file Report
Author(s): Miller, H.M., N.R. Sexton, L. Koontz, J. Loomis, S.R. Koontz, and C. Hermans
Miller, H.M., N.R. Sexton, L. Koontz, J. Loomis, S.R. Koontz, and C. Hermans. 2011. The users, uses, and value of Landsat and other moderate-resolution satellite imagery in the United States—Executive report: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011–1031. 42 p.
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Moderate-resolution imagery (MRI), such as that provided by the Landsat satellites, provides unique spatial information for use by many people both within and outside of the United States (U.S.). However, exactly who these users are, how they use the imagery, and the value and benefits derived from the information are, to a large extent, unknown. To explore these issues, social scientists at the USGS Fort Collins Science Center conducted a study of U.S.-based MRI users from 2008 through 2010 in two parts: 1) a user identification and 2) a user survey. The objectives for this study were to: 1) identify and classify U.S.-based users of this imagery; 2) better understand how and why MRI, and specifically Landsat, is being used; and 3) qualitatively and quantitatively measure the value and societal benefits of MRI (focusing on Landsat specifically)...