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AmericaView Wins Major Grant
AmericaView, Inc., a state-based consortium of university-led consortia dedicated to promoting remote sensing technology through teaching, research and outreach has won a competitive grant from USGS. The new funding will support future operations of the TexasView remote sensing consortium. Read more about the award HERE.

First Images from Landsat 8
NASA has released the first images from Landsat 8. Captured at 2:40pm CDT on March 18, 2013, the image reveals parts of Wyoming and Colorado in the vicinity of Cheyenne, Fort Collins, Boulder and Denver. Read the USGS News release and view the other samples from Landsat8 including images from the Thermal Mapper instrument HERE!

Earth & Space Science (High School) TEKS

Teach Earth and Space Science with Satellite Imagery

  • Interpret volcanoes, landslides, earthquakes, flooding and other hazards from unmanned satellites and the Space Station.
  • Teach many other TEKS using imagery, including climate change (evidence, causes and impacts), hydrosphere, atmosphere and cryosphere, human impacts on Earth's systems and more.
A project is underway to develop resources to help Texas high school teachers utilize satellite imagery to address the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for Earth and Space Science (high school). The first phase, a correlation linking TEKS with remote sensing reading resources is available HERE. This TexasView supported project is being conducted by Rebecca Dodge with Midwestern State University in cooperation with other researchers across Texas. Watch here for future developments.

LDCM Launch Successful!

The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) took a giant leap forward today as Landsat 8 was successfully launched at 12:02pm CST. This the 8th moderate resolution, earth-imaging satellite in the Landsat series, promises to continue the legacy into the future. Read about LDCM and the launch here!

(Photo : NASA)

Landsat 8 on its way to join Landsat 7 in space where the two will be able to image the entire planet in a mere eight days, though they orbit around the Earth itself every 90 minutes.


Launch Day!


An exciting day in the history of the Landsat program. Landsat 8 is scheduled to launch today, February 11, 2013 at approximately 12:02 PM CST. You can find out more here.

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Watch the launch live here.

USING TNRIS WMS NAIP Data Services
Thanks to Teresa Howard with the University of Texas Center for Space Research and TexasView Data Steward for this excellent article about using WMS services hosted by TNRIS. The article first appeared on the AmericaView BLOG.

The Texas Natural Resources Information System (TNRIS) recently launched an OGC-compliant Web Mapping Service (WMS) that features a variety of orthoimage datasets. Currently, the WMS includes the following image catalogs:

Statewide - one catalog per UTM zone per each dataset1

  • NAIP 2004 1 meter (1m) Color Infrared (CIR)
  • TOP 2008 & 2009 50cm Natural Color (NC) & CIR2
  • NAIP 2010 1m NC
  • Geologic Atlas of Texas 250K

Regional

  • Texas Forest Service 2008 1m CIR - 13 East TX counties
  • HPIDS 2009 Galveston 6in NC & CIR3
  • HPIDS 2010 Bexar, Guadalupe, and Comal Co.'s 6in NC
  • HPIDS 2010 Smith 6in & 1ft NC
  • USGS 2008 30cm Amarillo, Lubbock, & McAllen NC
  • USGS 2008 30cm Border NC
  • CAPCOG 2009 6in NC (Central Texas)

1Texas straddles three Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) zones: z13 N, z14 N & z15 N

2Note that for 2009, zone 14 has partial coverage and zone 13 has none.

3 High Priority Imagery and Data Sets (HPIDS), a State of Texas procurement process that uses a master contract.

Instructions for accessing the WMS in ArcGIS and ERDAS Imagine:

ArcGIS 10 instructions:

  1. In ArcMap, choose Add Data > GIS Servers > Add WMS Server
  2. Insert the URL http://raster.tnris.org/lizardtech/iserv/ows?request=GetCapabilities&service=WMS& and click OK.
  3. Either add all image catalogs at once using raster.tnris.org:80 or drill down to add individual datasets.

ERDAS Imagine 2011 instructions:

  1. Choose Open > Files of type: Web Mapping Service (*.wms) > Connect
  2. In GeoServices Explorer, choose Add Service
  3. GeoService Type: Web Mapping Server
  4. Insert the URL http://raster.tnris.org/lizardtech/iserv/ows?request=GetCapabilities&service=WMS& and click OK.
  5. Back on the main Imagine window, right-click in the Retriever space > Open GeoService
  6. Find raster.tnris.org:80 from the Select a Server dropdown menu & select OK.
  7. Expand the WMS and drag desired image catalogs onto the View.
The WMS is compatible in AutoCAD and Microstation.

Issues? Questions? Use this form for inquiries and issues related to TNRIS GIS and LiDAR data and the WMS image service.


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