NASA’s Commitment to Landsat

“The Landsat series of satellites is a cornerstone of our Earth observing capability. The world relies on Landsat data to detect and measure land cover/land use change, the health of ecosystems, and water availability. The President’s FY2016 request recognizes Landsat’s critical importance and sets out a multi-decadal plan for an Earth-observing architecture that ensures data continuity and reliability” –The Honorable Charles F. Bolden Jr., Administrator National Aeronautics and Space Administration before…

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Job Posting: Wyoming State Engineer’s Office – Cheyenne, WY

Natural Resources Analyst – Cheyenne, WY Supports the State Engineer’s Office in management of the groundwater resources of the State of Wyoming, primarily through the processing of water right applications and conducting field inspections of those water rights. See Job Description. To apply, click here.

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WSWC Spring (177th) Council Meeting

The Spring (177th) Council Meetings will be held April 15-17, 2015 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.  The Hard Rock Hotel is located at 777 West Cherokee Street in Catoosa, Oklahoma. To confirm a hotel reservation at the special rate of $83/night, contact reservations at 1-800-760-6700.  Reservations must be made no later than March 24, 2015 to receive the quoted rate.  Reservations requested after the cut-off date will…

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Soil Moisture! Launch of SMAP Satellite in January

A very nice video describing the SMAP satellite’s capabilities. Launch of SMAP is scheduled for January 29, 2015. We’ll post the launch video if the satellite makes it into orbit during its launch window. See here for more information on SMAP’s mission.

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WSWC Summer (178th) Council Meetings & 50th Anniversary Commemoration

The Summer (178th) Council Meetings and 50th Anniversary Commemoration will be held July 8-10, 2015 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe.  The Hard Rock Hotel is located at 50 Highway 50, Stateline, NV 89449. To confirm a hotel reservation at the special rate of $87/night, contact the reservation department toll free number at 1-844-588-7625, and request the group rate for “Western States Water Council” room block.  Reservations must be received no later than June 7, 2015 to receive the quoted rate.  Reservations requested after the cut-off date will be accepted only based upon availability and at the prevailing rack rates. For the schedule of meetings, agenda, and additional details as they become available, click here.

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WSWC and Comments on the Proposed USFS Directive on Groundwater Resource Management

Please click below for a state-by-state map that contain western states’ section-by-section comments concerning the recently issued U.S. Forest Service Directive on Groundwater Resource Management.

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Google Landsat Timelapse Animations

Please see the animated GIFs below for some great examples of what is possible using the Google Earth Engine platform. Google Earth Engine brings together the world’s satellite imagery — trillions of scientific measurements dating back over 40 years — and makes it available online with tools for scientists, independent researchers, and nations to mine this massive warehouse of data to detect changes, map trends and quantify differences on the Earth’s surface. Applications include: detecting deforestation, classifying land cover, estimating forest biomass and carbon, and mapping the world’s roadless areas.” Google Landsat Earth Engine images were used to create the Global 15m Cloud-free Earth, and are published as the global satellite imagery basemap in Google Earth and Maps, on desktop, web, tablets and phones.  These are viewed by more than a billion…

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Job Posting: Adaptive Management Program Administrator – State of Washington

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources announces the following position opening. The Adaptive Management Program Administrator oversees the operation of the Forest Practices Adaptive Management Program (AMP), ensures it serves the needs of the Forest Practices Board (Board) and maintains the collaborative, consensus-based framework of the state’s Timber Fish and Wildlife (TFW) Agreement and the 1999 Forests and Fish Report.  This position requires excellent abilities as a manager; the incumbent must be able to develop, justify and manage a large research and monitoring program and budget; develop and oversee interagency agreements and contracts governing complex scientific projects; develop and review monitoring and research plans; adjust deliverables in response to changing needs for scientific information; and facilitate timely completion of multiple ongoing scientific projects.  For the recruitment announcement, click here. …

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Fall (176th) Council Meetings

The Fall (176th)  Council Meetings will be held October 8-10, 2014.  The events will be held at the  Talking Stick Resort located at 9800 E Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale, Arizona 85256. To confirm a hotel reservation at the special rate of $149/night single or double occupancy, contact reservations by calling 1-866-877-9897.  Reservations must be made no later than September 7, 2014 to receive the quoted rate.   Reservations requested after the cut-off date will be accepted only based upon availability and at the prevailing rate. SPECIAL ADVANCE NOTIFICATION:  All Western States Water Council guests will be responsible for room, tax, bellman, housekeeping gratuities, and all incidentals.  Bellman and housekeeping gratuities will automatically be posted to each guest’s individual folio.  These charges are posted separately rather than charging a “resort fee.” For…

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Remote Sensing Applications Workshop

The Council and NASA have organized a workshop on August 25-27 at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California, to exchange information about opportunities and challenges associated with use of remote sensing applications to support water management.  The workshop will begin at 1:00 on Monday the 25th and conclude at noon on Wednesday the 27th.  The event will include a tour on Tuesday afternoon of JPL’s Earth Science Center, Space Flight Operations Facility, and Mars Yard.  The Mars Yard is a simulated Martian landscape used by researchers to test different robotic prototypes, such as the Mars rovers.  (See this website (http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/interactives/photosynth/) for images of the Mars Yard.) The workshop will provide an opportunity for NASA to brief Council members on current and emerging observations and research activities that may have…

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