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. 

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Image of the Week

Image of the Week

In a remote part of the Sahara Desert in Egypt, center pivot irrigation fields fill the landscape. Thanks to the Landsat archive, we can see how dramatically this area has changed over the last 35 years.

Watering the Sahara


Date published: July 1, 2020

Bauer Discusses Peer Review’s Role in Strengthening Remote Sensing Science

Remote sensing is not an especially recognized scientific discipline, at least in comparison to fields like biology, chemistry, or medicine.

Date published: June 30, 2020

Denali, Tallgrass at EROS Launch New Era in High-Performance Computing Capabilities

One of the challenges in prototyping and evaluating research projects related to the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection (LCMAP) initiative has been what software engineers call “the last mile problem.”

Date published: June 17, 2020

Calibration Test Site Becomes Agricultural Hotspot

The Landsat satellites were designed to detect landscape changes over time. However, sometimes what Landsat needs to see on the Earth’s surface is no change at all.


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Year Published: 2020

Changes to Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity Program’s production procedures and data products

The Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity (MTBS) program has been providing the fire science community with large fire perimeter and burn severity data for the past 14 years. As of October 2019, 22 969 fires have been mapped by the MTBS program and are available on the MTBS website ( These data have been widely used by...

Picotte, Joshua J.; Bhattarai, Krishna P.; Howard, Daniel; Lecker, Jennifer; Epting, Justin; Quayle, Brad; Benson, Nate; Nelson, Kurtis

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Year Published: 2020

Land change monitoring, assessment, and projection

There is a pressing need to monitor and understand the rapid land change happening around the world. The U.S. Geological Survey is developing a new capability, called Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection (LCMAP), to innovate the understanding of land change. This capability is the Earth Resources Observation and Science Center's...

Rover, Jennifer; Brown, Jesslyn F.; Auch, Roger F.; Sayler, Kristi L.; Sohl, Terry L.; Tollerud, Heather J.; Xian, George Z.
Rover, J., Brown, J.F., Auch, R.F., Sayler, K.L., Sohl, T.L., Tollerud, H.J., and Xian, G.Z., 2020, Land change monitoring, assessment, and projection: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020–3024, 4 p.,

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Year Published: 2020

Algorithm and data improvements for version 2.1 of the Climate Hazards center’s InfraRed Precipitation with Stations Data Set

To support global drought early warning, the Climate Hazards Center (CHC) at the University of California, Santa Barbara developed the Climate Hazards center InfraRed Precipitation with Stations (CHIRPS) dataset, in collaboration with the US Geological Survey and NASA SERVIR. Specifically designed to support early warning applications, CHIRPS has...

Funk, Chris; Peterson, P.; Landsfeld, Martin; Davenport, Frank; Becker, A; Schneider, U; Pedreros, Diego; McNally, Amy; Arsenault, Kristi; Harrison, Laura; Shukla, S.