Earth Observation Day

Landsat represents the world’s longest continuously acquired collection of space-based moderate-resolution land remote sensing data.

“Remote Sensing is the science and art of obtaining information about an object, area, or phenomenon through the analysis of data acquired by a device that is not in contact with the object, area, or phenomenon under investigation.”

Four decades of imagery provides a unique resource for those who work in agriculture, geology, forestry, regional planning, education, mapping, and global change research. Landsat images are also invaluable for emergency response and disaster relief.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Geographic Information’s Program celebrates Earth Day annually by inviting high school students to visit the GIS research department at Abdalla Hall in Lafayette, Louisiana.  Students and their instructors visit the Regional Application Center to part take in the LouisianaView sponsored Earth Day celebration. These students tour the GIS museum and the Earth is Art Exhibit which was produced by LouisianaView to celebrate the 40 Years of Satellite Imagery acquisition of Earth and was recently displayed in the Lafayette Art museum and the Manship Theater at the Shaw Center in Baton Rouge .  Zachary Gauthier, a junior at the Avoyelles Public Charter High School, stated at the 2014 Earth Observation Day tour: “I enjoyed looking at the different pictures from the art exhibit.   It was amazing to see our earth photographed that way.”  This exhibit will continue touring the state of Louisiana to excite the imagination and entertain the public’s creative fancies.  We hope everyone will have the opportunity to join LouisianaView as we display images from across the globe that depict the science of the region and invoke the art of the earth’s natural landscape.


The RAC also participates in GIS Day. GIS Day provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society.