Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder

CIRES Director to Testify on the Critical Role of Satellite Earth Observation Data


Thursday, December 1, CIRES Director Waleed Abdalati will testify before the Subcommittee on Space and Science in a hearing titled “Landsat at 50 & the Future of U.S. Satellite-based Earth Observation.” The subcommittee hearing, convened by Sen. John Hickenlooper (D-CO), will highlight critical Earth observation satellite data, the rise of commercial satellite providers, and the value this data adds to agriculture, city planning, water management, wildfire prevention and detection, and disaster response.

“The 50-year record of Landsat highlights the value of space-based observations in understanding how our Earth is changing, and how those observations benefit the lives of people,” said Abdalati, also a professor of Geography at CU Boulder. “The view from space offered byLandsat and the many other Earth-observing satellites, provides a context, scale, and perspective of change critical to predicting weather, managing hazards, meeting the challenges of climate change, and so much more. They are an indispensable tool in effectively navigating and managing our changing environment.”

Abdalati, who was the former chief scientist at NASA from 2011-2012, will join the current NASA chief scientist Kate Calvin as well as leadership from NOAA, Maxar Technologies, and USGS at tomorrow’s hearing. CIRES, an institute at CU Boulder, has partnered with NOAA since 1967.


Tune in here at 10:30 am ET (8:30 am MST) on Thursday, December 1, 2022.


CIRES is a partnership of NOAA and CU Boulder.


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