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Eyes on Earth Episode 50 - Delaware River Basin

Eyes on Earth is a podcast on remote sensing, Earth observation, land change and science, brought to you by the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. In this episode, we learn about mapping the past and the future across an East Coast river basin.

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Terry Sohl and Jordan Dornbierer with the logo for the USGS EROS podcast "Eyes on Earth"
Terry Sohl (upper left) and Jordan Dornbierer

Summary: About 15 million people rely on the Delaware River Basin for drinking water, including residents of Philadelphia, PA, Camden, NJ, and Wilmington, DE. What might happen to the water supply if climate change and population growth continue unabated? How might that impact land cover and land use patterns? Those are the kinds of questions scientists at EROS looked to answer in a dataset built from Landsat satellite imagery, historical records, and scenario-based modeling across the basin. On this episode of Eyes on Earth, two of those scientists talk about how they looked back to 1680 and forward to 2100 and what sorts of questions the work may help answer.

Guest: Terry Sohl, Integrated Science and Applications Branch Chief, USGS EROS; Jordan Dornbierer, Scientist, USGS EROS Center contractor

Host: John Hult

Producer: John Hult

Release date: May 17, 2021

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