Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center


We maintain collections of images and videos that are available for download at no charge. Narrow your search of these multimedia galleries using the pull-down menus below, and then select "Apply Filter."  

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July 11, 2019

Image of the Week - 50 Year Flood Flashback

A Landsat satellite image captured the flooding in Dell Rapids, SD in the Spring of 2019. It's remarkably similar to an aerial photograph of flooding 50 years earlier. 

June 4, 2019

Image of the Week - Recovery in Iraq's 'Garden of Eden'

The Marsh Arabs of southeastern Iraq have spent millennia traversing the waterways at the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. The recent history of those wetlands, however, has been one of forced loss and uneven recovery. 

The marshes once stretched across nearly 5,800 square miles. This Landsat 5 image from 1986 shows lush vegetation and dark waters both

May 10, 2019

Image of the Week - A New Yellowstone Hot Spot

Scientists with the USGS Yellowstone Volcano Observatory use satellite and aerial imagery to map hot springs, geothermal vents, and geysers at Yellowstone National Park. They recently found an entirely new thermal area miles from the nearest trailhead. Landsat 8's thermal infrared sensors captured the change in a nighttime image from April of 2017. Aerial images reveal a

April 15, 2019

Observing Sierra Nevada Mountain Snowpack 2000-2019 with Terra MODIS

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensor is located aboard NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites. These data are crucial for studying changes that have occurred on the surface of the Earth, including during times of drought.

This video uses images produced from Terra MODIS Surface Reflectance data over the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range to show

Landsat 8 image of Yucca Flat in Nevada, from Aug. 24, 2018
April 1, 2019

Yucca Flat - 2018

Landsat 8 image of Yucca Flat in Nevada, Aug. 24, 2018.

March 26, 2019

Using the Compare Browse Function in EarthExplorer

This tutorial explains how to use the compare browse functionality in EarthExplorer to preview Landsat scenes prior to downloading. 

Satellite image showing differences in flooding from 1969 to 2019.
March 23, 2019

A 50-Year Flooding Flashback

The high-water marks set by the Big Sioux River in cities across southeastern South Dakota have threatened to overtake records set 50 years ago, when the Army Corps of Engineers led missions to document the damage through hundreds of aerial photographs.

Members of the LANDFIRE team at the Earth Resources Observation and Science Center
March 13, 2019

LANDFIRE Team - 2019

Members of the LANDFIRE team met in March of 2019 at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center near Sioux Falls, SD.

Landsat image of Kandahar, Afghanistan on March 3, 2019
March 3, 2019

Kandahar - March 3, 2019

Landsat 8 image of Kandahar, Afghanistan on March 3, 2019, rendered with bands 7, 5, and 1 of the satellite's Operational Land Imager.

Color photo of USGS researchers in Idaho
February 8, 2019

USGS EROS Researchers in Idaho

USGS EROS contractor Minsu Kim, left, and USGS Scientist Jeffrey Danielson stand with a GPS device in northern Idaho, where they were part of a research project to conduct topobathymetric research along the Kootenai River of northern Idaho.

Map of AK showing probability of change occurrence
December 31, 2018

Map of AK showing probability of change occurrence

Map of Alaska showing probability (%) of change occurrence. Insets show fire boundaries from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Large Fire Database and Landsat 8 imagery (bottom right; 2016) north of Fairbanks, Alaska.

December 31, 2018

An Introduction to the AppEEARS Point Sampler

This short video provides a quick demonstration of the Point Sample using the Application for Extracting and Exploring Analysis Ready Samples (AρρEEARS). 

AppEEARS provides a simple and efficient way to subset, transform, and visualize geospatial data distributed from a variety of federal archives. The following topics are discussed in the video: how to submit a