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LP DAAC Celebrates 25th Anniversary


Twenty-five years ago, on 28 August 1990, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) formally announced a partnership to establish a Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) for land remote sensing data in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. The Land Processes (LP) DAAC (WDS Regular Member) was the first, and remains the only, DAAC to be located within a USGS facility.

This unique partnership has brought NASA’s technological advances and science research endeavours to not only USGS but also the upper Midwest and the greater global remote sensing community. The land data products archived and distributed by LP DAAC are vital contributors to interdisciplinary studies of the ever-changing integrated Earth system. Over the past 25 years, the land data products archived and distributed have come from the USGS Landsat 7 satellite and NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites. Additionally, LP DAAC archives and distributes innovative new datasets created by NASA scientists and researchers from academia.

In recognition of the LP DAAC’s 25th Anniversary, the USGS EROS Center will be hosting a celebratory event on 27 August 2015 to commemorate both LP DAAC's contributions to remote sensing science and the impact of the partnership between NASA and the USGS.