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Nebraska Water Usage

Water managers in 15 states across the U.S. currently use Metric technology to track agricultural water use. Metric measures evapotranspiration (ET)—the amount of water evaporating from the soil and transpiring from a plant’s leaves. The thermal band data on Landsat satellites allows water specialists to measure ET. This process cools the plant down so irrigated farm fields appear cooler (bluer) in Landsat satellite images. The latest evolution of METRIC technology—an application called EEFLUX, will allow anyone in the world to produce field-scale maps of water consumption, including on mobile devices. Metric was developed in the early 2000s and to date EEFLUX has been introduced to the California Department of Water Resources, the California Water Control Board, and the World Bank.  


Visualization Credits

Alex Kekesi (GST): Lead Visualizer
Matthew R. Radcliff (USRA): Lead Producer
Alison Schuyler Ogden (NASA/GSFC): Producer
Ayse Kilic (University of Nebraska): Lead Scientist
Ian Ratcliffe (University of Nebraska): Scientist
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LDCM: Landsat Data Continuity Mission

Data Used:
Landsat-8/TIRS 5/17/2013, 6/2/2013, 6/17/2013, 7/3/2013, 7/12/2013, 9/21/2013, 9/22/2013
Landsat-8/OLI/Band Combination 5, 4, 3 5-9/2013
Landsat-8/OLI/Band Combination 2,3,4 8/20/2013, 8/29/2013
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DLESE >> Environmental science
DLESE >> Human geography
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Water Vapor >> Evapotranspiration
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Human Dimensions >> Environmental Impacts >> Water Management
SVS >> Hyperwall
NASA Science >> Earth
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Human Dimensions >> Environmental Governance/management >> Water Management

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version