Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center


Located outside Sioux Falls, South Dakota, EROS is a Federal science center operated by the U.S. Geological Survey. Since 1972, EROS has worked to map, monitor, and analyze land change across our nation and around the world. Follow the links below to learn more about our work, our focus, and our unique history.

Outreach & Education

Map to USGS EROS Center

CLOSURE: As the patterns of transmission and infection for the COVID-19 virus emerge, and after careful consideration for the health and safety of our staff and the general public, EROS leadership has closed the Center to the public, beginning March 12, 2020, until further notice.

Please call 605-594-6511 or 800-252-4547 with any questions.

Aerial photo of the EROS science center

In 1966, the Department of the Interior announced it was launching a new endeavor with the revolutionary goal of gathering data about the Earth's natural resources using satellites equipped with sophisticated remote sensing instruments. Discover how EROS developed in tandem with the Landsat satellite program to become a world-renowned center for Earth observation and data products.