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A suite of highly accurate tools and instruments providing reference data for sensor characterizations in  the laboratory and on ground truth gathering field campaigns.

The USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center Remote Sensing Technologies (RST) Project supports advanced instrumentation for Sensor Calibration and Product Validation.

Joint agency agreements have been established with the USGS, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to become part of eight different instrumentation networks. Components of these networks are operated at EROS.

These components collect data to support earth science data calibration and validation. The networks collect key Earth surface properties necessary to calibrate remote sensing data and ensure product validity. These properties include high-precision global positioning system (GPS) reference data, complete meteorological microclimate data, soil temperature and moisture data, surface solar radiation data, and carbon flux measurements. Without calibrated instruments, data products could not be validated for science use; therefore, the instrument data is crucial.

Ecosystem Phenology Web Camera Network - PHENOCAM

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service - SCAN

NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory - SURFRAD

NOAA National Climatic Data Center - CRN


USGS Cimel instruments supporting the NASA AERONET network

Canada Climate Reference Station Network - RCS

  • Report
  • Description
    • 10M and 3M Anemometers
    • Three Infrared (Surface Temperature) sensors
    • GEONOR precipitation gauge
    • Tipping Bucket
    • Temperature and Humidity cabinet
    • Pyranometer
  • Pictures - Coming soon
  • Data Link

USGS Earthquake Hazards program