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EROS CalVal Center of Excellence (ECCOE)

The EROS Cal/Val Center of Excellence (ECCOE) is a global leader in improving the accuracy, precision, and quality of remote sensing data. ECCOE experts provide support to Landsat Calibration/Validation, Uncrewed Aircraft Systems, Lidar-3DEP, and Satellite Derived Bathymetry activities. 

Landsat Calibration and Validation 

landsat 7 artist rendering over earth

 

The USGS ECCOE Landsat Cal/Val Team, along with their NASA counterparts, maintains primary responsibility for radiometric and geometric characterization and the calibration and validation of the Landsat instruments and spacecrafts. 

This work includes both the ongoing operations of active Landsat missions, as well as the retired Landsat missions. 

Visit the Landsat Calibration and Validation webpage to learn more. 

 

 

Joint Agency Commercial Imagery Evaluation (JACIE)

JACIE image

The Joint Agency Commercial Imagery Evaluation (JACIE) was formed to leverage resources from several Federal agencies for the characterization of remote sensing data and to share those results across the remote sensing community.  Consisting of representatives from six Federal agencies, JACIE provides independent characterizations of image and image-derived end products. 

JACIE is the strong collaboration and enhanced working relationships between government and non-governmental organizations to understand remote sensing information and make it more useful to the user community. JACIE Workshops are held each year. 

Visit the JACIE webpages to learn more. 

 

Earth Observing Satellites Online Compendium

Screenshot of the Earth Observing Satellites Online Compendium

 

The JACIE Earth Observing Satellites Online Compendium contains details about past, present and future Earth observing satellites and the sensors they carry.  

Derived from print versions of Compendiums published in 20192020, and 2022, this resource has been developed and is managed by the Requirements, Capabilities and Analysis for Earth Observation (RCA-EO) team at the USGS EROS Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 

Access the Earth Observing Satellites Online Compendium 

 

 

 

Lidar

Lidar Scan of South Dakota Capitol Building

 

Lidar data and their derivative metrics are fundamental inputs to many areas of scientific research,  including flood, erosion, and coastal modeling and mapping, fault detection, land-surface mapping, landslide and volcano hazards, and mapping forest canopy. 

Access Lidar information 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uncrewed Aerial Systems

Uncrewed Aerial System Composite Image

 

Three-dimensional (3D) data capture technologies continue to become more commonplace, as Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS) have become available. 

UAS's allow for new opportunities for gathering data essential to land management and Earth science.  The potential of these systems requires that they be able to reliably gather accurate data.  

Learn more about Uncrewed Aerial Systems

 

 

 

 

 

 

Test Sites Catalog

Test Sites Catalog July 2021

 

The USGS ECCOE Test Sites Catalog began in 2007 to provide information about effective radiometric, geometric, and spatial qualities useful in the calibration of Earth observation sensors. The catalog now contains prime candidate test sites worldwide for the calibration and post-launch characterization of space-based optical imaging sensors. The number of Earth-observing sensors and their derived science products continue to grow rapidly. 

Accurate, well-documented calibration is needed to understand and address local and global science and societal impacts and benefits. 

Access the Test Sites Catalog

 

News

Landsat Next Instrument Contractor Selected

Landsat Next Instrument Contractor Selected

Landsat Next: Getting Ready for the Data Deluge

Landsat Next: Getting Ready for the Data Deluge

USGS-hosted JACIE Workshop Reflects Industry’s Growth

USGS-hosted JACIE Workshop Reflects Industry’s Growth

Publications

Joint Agency Commercial Imagery Evaluation (JACIE) best practices for remote sensing system evaluation and reporting

Executive SummaryThe Joint Agency Commercial Imagery Evaluation (JACIE) partnership consists of six agencies representing the U.S. Government’s commitment to promoting the use of high-quality remotely sensed data to meet scientific and other Federal needs. These agencies are large consumers of remotely sensed data and bring extensive experience in the assessment and use of these data. The six agen
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Simon J. Cantrell, Jon B. Christopherson

ECCOE Landsat quarterly Calibration and Validation report—Quarter 4, 2023

Executive SummaryThe U.S. Geological Survey Earth Resources Observation and Science Calibration and Validation (Cal/Val) Center of Excellence (ECCOE) focuses on improving the accuracy, precision, calibration, and product quality of remote-sensing data, leveraging years of multiscale optical system geometric and radiometric calibration and characterization experience. The ECCOE Landsat Cal/Val Team
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Md Obaidul Haque, Rajagopalan Rengarajan, Mark Lubke, Md Nahid Hasan, Ashish Shrestha, Jerad L. Shaw, Alex Denevan, Kathryn Ruslander, Esad Micijevic, Michael J. Choate, Cody Anderson, Kurt Thome, Julia Barsi, Ed Kaita, Raviv Levy, Jeff Miller, Leibo Ding

ECCOE Landsat quarterly Calibration and Validation report—Quarter 3, 2023

Executive SummaryThe U.S. Geological Survey Earth Resources Observation and Science Calibration and Validation (Cal/Val) Center of Excellence (ECCOE) focuses on improving the accuracy, precision, calibration, and product quality of remote-sensing data, leveraging years of multiscale optical system geometric and radiometric calibration and characterization experience. The ECCOE Landsat Cal/Val Team
Authors
Md Obaidul Haque, Rajagopalan Rengarajan, Mark Lubke, Md Nahid Hasan, Ashish Shrestha, Jerad L. Shaw, Alex Denevan, Kathryn Ruslander, Esad Micijevic, Michael J. Choate, Cody Anderson, Kurt Thome, Ed Kaita, Julia Barsi, Raviv Levy, Jeff Miller, Leibo Ding

Science

Eyes on Earth Episode 94 – EROS 50th: Collaborations with SDSU

South Dakota State University, a land grant university less than an hour from EROS, has had links to Landsat and EROS throughout their existence.
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Eyes on Earth Episode 94 – EROS 50th: Collaborations with SDSU

South Dakota State University, a land grant university less than an hour from EROS, has had links to Landsat and EROS throughout their existence.
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Eyes on Earth Episode 74 – A Satellite Cross Calibration Mission

Eyes on Earth is a podcast on remote sensing, Earth observation, land change and science, brought to you by the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. In this episode, we hear how a new mission will make it easier to use satellite datasets interchangeably.
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Eyes on Earth Episode 74 – A Satellite Cross Calibration Mission

Eyes on Earth is a podcast on remote sensing, Earth observation, land change and science, brought to you by the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. In this episode, we hear how a new mission will make it easier to use satellite datasets interchangeably.
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