Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center


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. 

What's New at EROS?


The USGS has developed research-quality, applications-ready, Landsat Level-3 Science Products that are now available for download.

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Image of the Week

Image of the Week

Firefighters in Tasmania have spent months dealing with bushfires. Landsat offers snapshots of the ongoing destruction.

Tasmanian fires


Date published: February 19, 2019

Loria Named New EROS Center Director

Will oversee Landsat satellite and Earth imaging operations

Date published: February 15, 2019

First in a Series of Landsat 9 Ground Readiness Tests is Successful

Landsat 9 Ground System development team members executed the first of a series of Ground Readiness Tests (GRTs) this week as they successfully simulated the communication of command and telemetry data between the Ground Network Element (GNE) at EROS and the Landsat Multi-Satellite...

Date published: February 8, 2019

Recent Lidar Awards Shine Light on Work Being Done at EROS

Two award ceremonies in late January 2019 cast spotlights on the good work being done with Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) by current and former staff of the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center.


Year Published: 2019

Linking landscapes and people—Projecting the future of the Great Plains

We developed a unique set of landscape projections for the Great Plains that use real land-management parcels to represent landscape patterns at high spatial and thematic resolution.Both anthropogenic land use and natural vegetation respond in the model to projected changes in groundwater availability and climate...

Sohl, Terry L.; Dornbierer, Jordan; Wika, Steve

Year Published: 2019

Using remote sensing to quantify ecosystem site potential community structure and deviation in the Great Basin, United States

The semi-arid Great Basin region in the Northwest U.S. is impacted by a suite of change agents including fire, grazing, and climate variability to which native vegetation can have low resilience and resistance. Assessing ecosystem condition in relation to these change agents is difficult due to a lack of a consistent and objective Site Potential (...

Rigge, Matthew B.; Homer, Collin G.; Wylie, Bruce K.; Gu, Yingxin; Shi, Hua; Xian, George Z.; Meyer, Debra K.; Bunde, Brett

Year Published: 2019

Exploring relationships of spring green-up to moisture and temperature across Wyoming, U.S.A

Vegetation green-up signals the timing of available nutritious plants and shrubs providing high-quality forage for ungulates. In this study, we characterized spatial and temporal patterns of spring phenology and explored how they were related to preceding temperature and moisture conditions. We tested correlations between late winter weather and...

Brown, Jesslyn; Ji, Lei; Gallant, Alisa L.; Kauffman, Matthew