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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. 

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Eyes on Earth is a podcast covering a range of topics on remote sensing, satellite operations, and the science of Earth observation. Watch for new episodes every two weeks.

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Image of the Week

Image of the Week

A 315 billion-ton iceberg known as D28 has inched seaward since a western rift emerged in the Amery Ice Shelf in the early 2000s. Landsat satellites have tracked its movement for decades, and recently captured it breaking free.

Amery Ice Shelf

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Date published: November 8, 2019

Indigenous Artwork Celebrates USGS, Geoscience Australia Landsat Partnership

A multi-decade partnership between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Geoscience Australia (GA) to monitor Earth’s landscapes using Landsat satellites now includes a new but also ancestral connection to their respective homelands.

Date published: October 28, 2019

JACIE Team Meets with Man who Inspired Satellite Compendium

The Joint Agency Commercial Imagery Evaluation (JACIE) recently released a compendium of Land Remote Sensing Satellites.

The need for a quick-reference guide to satellite sensors is important for plenty of reasons, but the circular points to one man in particular as an inspiration for...

Date published: October 21, 2019

Aerial Photo Scan Reveals Rare Image of Two Airplanes in Flight

Every work day at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, contractor Mike Austad pulls up a chair and begins scanning aerial photographs of the Earth’s surface into the massive public database that is EarthExplorer.

Publications

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Year Published: 2019

A high-resolution 1983-2016 Tmax climate data record based on InfraRed Temperatures and Stations by the Climate Hazard Center

Understanding the dynamics and physics of climate extremes will be a critical challenge for 21st century climate science. Increasing temperatures and saturation vapor pressures may exacerbate heat waves, droughts and precipitation extremes. Yet our ability to monitor temperature variations is limited and declining. Between 1983 and 2016 the number...

Funk, Chris; Peterson, Pete; Peterson, Seth H.; Shukla, Shraddhanand; Davenport, Frank; Michaelsen, Joel; Landsfeld, Martin; Husak, Gregory; Harrison, Laura; Rowland, James; Budde, Michael; Knapp, Kenneth
Funk et al., 2019, A high-resolution 1983-2016 Tmax climate data record based on InfraRed Temperatures and Stations by the Climate Hazard Center, J. Climate

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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