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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. 

Eyes on Earth

Eyes on Earth

Episode 49 of our remote sensing podcast is a conversation about the Nation’s forest census, called Forest Inventory and Analysis, and how it helps improve satellite-based efforts.

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Image of the Week

Image of the Week

In late March of 2021, just four miles from the edge of South Dakota's second-largest city, two wildfires sparked by human activity burned through a section of the Black Hills.

Rushmore Fires

News

Date published: May 10, 2021

EROS Mapping Products to be Renamed Rangeland Condition, Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection (RCMAP) with New Data Release

The USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center’s geospatial rangeland products have been known by many names since their initial iterations were released in 2018.

Date published: April 28, 2021

How the Nation’s Forest Census Improves Satellite-Based Mapping

It’s possible to map vegetation type with Landsat, but getting the maps right requires more than satellites alone.

The teams at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center behind the LANDFIRE program’s mapping products use an extensive network of ground control points to check their work, thereby bolstering the reliability,...

Date published: April 28, 2021

LCMAP Releases Adds Data for 2018, 2019 with Release of Collection 1.1

The USGS Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection (LCMAP) initiative has released the first update to its Conterminous United States (CONUS) science products, adding two years of data to a satellite-derived product suite already-unparalleled in its temporal density.

Publications

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Year Published: 2021

U.S. Geological Survey wildland fire science strategic plan, 2021–26

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Wildland Fire Science Strategic Plan defines critical, core fire science capabilities for understanding fire-related and fire-responsive earth system processes and patterns, and informing management decision making. Developed by USGS fire scientists and executive leadership, and informed by conversations with...

Steblein, Paul F.; Loehman, Rachel A.; Miller, Mark P.; Holomuzki, Joseph R.; Soileau, Suzanna C.; Brooks, Matthew L.; Drane-Maury, Mia; Hamilton, Hannah M.; Kean, Jason W.; Keeley, Jon E.; Mason, Robert R.; McKerrow, Alexa J.; Meldrum, James R.; Molder, Edmund B.; Murphy, Sheila F.; Peterson, Birgit; Plumlee, Geoffrey S.; Shinneman, Douglas J.; van Mantgem, Phillip J.; York, Alison
Steblein, P.F., Loehman, R.A., Miller, M.P., Holomuzki, J.R., Soileau, S.C., Brooks, M.L., Drane-Maury, M., Hamilton, H.M., Kean, J.W., Keeley, J.E., Mason, R.R., Jr., McKerrow, A., Meldrum, J.R., Molder, E.B., Murphy, S.F., Peterson, B., Plumlee, G.S., Shinneman, D.J., van Mantgem, P.J., and York, A., 2021, U.S. Geological Survey wildland fire science strategic plan, 2021–26: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1471, 30 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/cir1471.

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Year Published: 2021

Maryland and Landsat

Maryland, called “America in Miniature,” encompasses nearly every geographical feature in the United States except a desert. Water dominates the State, whose borders run along much of Chesapeake Bay. The bay is the country’s largest estuary, where freshwater from watershed tributaries mingles with the ocean’s saltwater and teems with life.The...

U.S. Geological Survey, 2021, Maryland and Landsat: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2021–3022, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20213022.

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New York and Landsat

From the iconic skyline of New York City to the forested landscapes of the Adirondack Mountains and the countryside of the Allegheny Plateau, the State of New York is overflowing with diversity and life. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and two of the Great Lakes to the north and west, New York has more than 7,600 lakes, ponds, and...

U.S. Geological Survey, 2021, New York and Landsat: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2021–3020, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20213020.