Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center

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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

Hear from two of the people responsible for building the Landsat 9 ground system on the latest episode of our remote sensing podcast.

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Image of the Week

Image of the Week

Landsat satellites acquire useful data on wildfires around the world. Their near infrared and shortwave infrared imaging allows for detection and mapping of fire, smoke, and burn scars often in remote areas.

Worldwide Fires

News

Date published: September 22, 2021

EROS, Landsat 9 Ground System Ready for Launch

The launch of Landsat 9 in late September of 2021 represents a major milestone for a five-decade partnership between NASA and the USGS that continues to set the standard for high-quality Earth observation.

Date published: September 16, 2021

Landsat Enables Mapping of Fire Histories Across Florida

Wildfires tend to dominate headlines. Prescribed burns, also known as controlled burns, get less attention, but they’re certainly not uncommon—especially in the Southeast.

Publications

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Year Published: 2021

Earth Resources Observation and Science Center—Keeping watch over Earth's resources

The Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center is the largest facility of its kind within the U.S. Geological Survey. As both a science and data center, EROS serves a unique and critical role in shaping our understanding of a changing planet.EROS opened its doors in 1973 as a receiving station, data archive, and data distribution hub...

U.S. Geological Survey, 2021, Earth Resources Observation and Science Center—Keeping watch over Earth's resources: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2021–3052, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20213052.

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Estimates of public-supply, domestic, and irrigation water withdrawal, use, and trends in the Upper Rio Grande Basin, 1985 to 2015

The Rio Grande flows approximately 670 miles from its headwaters in the San Juan Mountains of south-central Colorado to Fort Quitman, Texas, draining the Upper Rio Grande Basin (URGB) study area of 32,000 square miles that includes parts of Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas. Parts of the basin extend into the United Mexican States (hereafter “Mexico...

Ivahnenko, Tamara I.; Flickinger, Allison K.; Galanter, Amy E.; Douglas-Mankin, Kyle R.; Pedraza, Diana E.; Senay, Gabriel B.
Ivahnenko, T.I., Flickinger, A.K., Galanter, A.E., Douglas-Mankin, K.R., Pedraza, D.E., and Senay, G.B., 2021, Estimates of public-supply, domestic, and irrigation water withdrawal, use, and trends in the Upper Rio Grande Basin, 1985 to 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5036, 31 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215036.

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Digital elevation models: Terminology and definitions

Digital elevation models (DEMs) provide fundamental depictions of the three-dimensional shape of the Earth’s surface and are useful to a wide range of disciplines. Ideally, DEMs record the interface between the atmosphere and the lithosphere using a discrete two-dimensional grid, with complexities introduced by the intervening hydrosphere,...

Guth, Peter L.; Van Niekerk, Adriaan; Grohmann, Carlos H.; Muller, Jan-Peter; Hawker, Laurence; Florinsky, Igor V.; Gesch, Dean B.; Reuter, Hannes I.; Herrera-Cruz, Virginia; Riazanoff, Serge; López-Vázquez, Carlos; Carabajal, Claudia C.; Albinet, Clément; Strobl, Peter