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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. 

What's New at EROS?

What

The 2019 Joint Agency Commercial Imagery Evaluation— Land Remote Sensing Satellite Compendium is the sum of three years of data collection on the global status of Earth imaging satellite platforms.

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Image of the Week

Image of the Week

Landsat satellites have documented the decline of glaciers in Iceland for well over 40 years. One glacier has lost so much mass in that time that it's no longer considered one at all.

Glacier Loss

News

Date published: August 16, 2019

New EROS Lobby Display Puts Decades of Change at your Fingertips

The USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center hosts more than 6,000 visitors every year, and there’s plenty to see.

Date published: August 15, 2019

CoNED Measures Elevation, Helps Model Inundation Scenarios at Hawaiian Cultural Site

In the land of Kamehameha, south of Kona on the big island of Hawaii, a sacred landscape called Puʻuhonua O Hōnaunau faces the uncertainty of the rising seas.

The bones of royal chiefs rest there. Stories of how ancient Hawaiian lawbreakers flocked to this place of refuge still resonate throughout the 180-acre national historic park that surrounds Hōnaunau Bay.

Date published: August 13, 2019

Imagery Evaluation Workshops to Focus on Interoperability, Opportunity

With the global inventory of Earth observation satellites growing by the week, questions of data quality and integration take on great significance.

Publications

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Year Published: 2019

Remote sensing as the foundation for high-resolution United States landscape projections – The Land Change Monitoring, assessment, and projection (LCMAP) initiative

The Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection (LCMAP) initiative uses temporally dense Landsat data and time series analyses to characterize landscape change in the United States from 1985 to present. LCMAP will be used to explain how past, present, and future landscape change affects society and natural systems. Here, we describe a...

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

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Characterizing crop water use dynamics in the Central Valley of California using landsat-derived evapotranspiration

Understanding how different crops use water over time is essential for planning and managing water allocation, water rights, and agricultural production. The main objective of this paper is to characterize the spatiotemporal dynamics of crop water use in the Central Valley of California using Landsat-based annual actual evapotranspiration (ETa)...

Schauer, Matthew (Contractor); Senay, Gabriel

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Bundle adjustment using space based triangulation method for improving the Landsat global ground reference

There is an ever-increasing interest and need for accurate geo-registration of remotely sensed data products to a common global geometric reference. Although the geo-registration has improved significantly in the last decade, the lack of an accurate global ground reference dataset poses serious issues for data providers seeking to make...

Choate, Michael; Storey, James C.; Rengarajan, R.; Choate, Michael J.