USGS Upgrades, Improves Earthshots Page Featuring Stories of Change

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The USGS Earthshots website, managed by the Communication & Outreach department at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, shows the value of observing the Earth with satellites at a level that (we hope) non-scientists can understand.

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Logo for USGS Earthshots

EROS has just released a redesign of the site. Easy-to-navigate categories like Agriculture, Cities, Mining, and much more put stories on these topics of land change at your fingertips. Besides that, the site now features an interactive spinnable globe so you can browse the world for stories of environmental change.

Currently featuring 105 stories of land change, each Earthshots page spotlights a different location and explains the changes that the images reveal. Watch the drying of the Aral Sea and expansion of Lake Thompson, SD. See the incredible island-building in Persian Gulf countries. Witness glaciers shrink and cities around the world grow.

The imagery used focuses on the Landsat series of satellites, which is managed and distributed by EROS. In addition, the site features other imagery housed in the massive EROS archive.

Declassified satellite imagery, Europe’s Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite, historical aerial photos, and modern aerial photos from the USGS National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) are all part of these stories of land change.

This living, frequently updated website is perfect for teachers or, really, anyone who just wants to know what the Landsat series of satellites is used for. They will see the importance of Landsat and remote sensing to studying our changing world.

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At the USGS EROS Center, we study land change and produce land change data products used by researchers, resource managers, and policy makers across the nation and around the world. We also operate the Landsat satellite program with NASA, and maintain the largest civilian collection of images of the Earth's land surface in existence, including tens of millions of satellite images.