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EROS CalVal Center of Excellence (ECCOE)

Leveraging years of multi-scale optical system geometric and radiometric calibration and characterization experience, the EROS Cal/Val Center of Excellence (ECCOE) is a global leader in improving the accuracy, precision, and quality of remote sensing data.

ECCOE-Supported Projects

ECCOE Staff provide technical support to a number of USGS projects that are important in Earth Observation discovery and data characterization: 

Landsat, JACIE, Satellites Compendium
ECCOE maintains primary responsibility for radiometric and geometric characterization and calibration of the Landsat instruments and spacecrafts. The Joint Agency Commercial Imagery Evaluation (JACIE) team assesses the quality and capabilities of newly launched commercial high-resolution satellites. The Land Remote Satellites Online Compendium contains details about past, present and future Earth observing satellites and the sensors they carry. 
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lidar,uas,test site catalog images
Lidar data and their derivative metrics are fundamental inputs to many areas of scientific research,  including flood, erosion, and coastal modeling. Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS) allow for new opportunities for gathering data essential to land management and Earth science. The Test Site Catalog Contains worldwide calibration sites used for post launch characterization and calibration of space-based optical imaging sensors.
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News

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Landsat Technical Working Group Meets in Germany

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New Publication Describes Landsat 9 Geometric Characteristics

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New JACIE Compendium Honors Past, Explores Future of Earth Observation

Publications

Landsat 9 cross calibration under-fly of Landsat 8: Planning, and execution

During the early post-launch phase of the Landsat 9 mission, the Landsat 8 and 9 mission teams conducted a successful under-fly of Landsat 8 by Landsat 9, allowing for the near-simultaneous data collection of common Earth targets by the on-board sensors for cross-calibration. This effort, coordinated by the Landsat Calibration and Validation team, required contributions from various entities acros

ECCOE Landsat Quarterly Calibration and Validation report—Quarter 2, 2022

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

Absolute accuracy assessment of lidar point cloud using amorphous objects

The accuracy assessment of airborne lidar point cloud typically estimates vertical accuracy by computing RMSEz (root mean square error of the z coordinate) from ground check points (GCPs). Due to the low point density of the airborne lidar point cloud, there is often not enough accurate semantic context to find an accurate conjugate point. To advance the accuracy assessment in full three-dimension

Science

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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