Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center


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September 16, 2019

Image of the Week - Unplanted Acres in South Dakota

Abnormally high spring rainfall and subsequent flooding in the Midwest had a season-long impact on cropland production. In these Landsat images of South Dakota growing vegetation is shown as green and unplanted areas appear pink. The difference between 2018 and 2019 is striking.

A designation of "prevented planting" is given to unplanted acres as a signal to crop

September 9, 2019

Image of the Week - Melting in Greenland

In July, satellite imagery from Landsat 8 captured a major melting event in Greenland. 

August 31, 2019

Surveying the Mangrove Forests of Pohnpei

Research Physical Scientist Dean Gesch shares an overview of USGS/EROS surveying efforts in the mangrove forests of Pohnpei.

August 27, 2019

Image of the Week - Night Lights in North Dakota

Daytime and nightime imagery from Earth-observing satellites reveal dramatic changes in North Dakota during the Bakken oil boom.

August 21, 2019

Data Citation Tips from NASA's Land Processes DAAC

Interested in citing data and tools from NASA’s Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC)? This video will discuss why you should cite the data and data access tools you use in your research and where you can find information on the LP DAAC website to help you with your citation.

To learn more about the data featured in this video, and other data

Color photo of Downy woodpecker
August 11, 2019

Downy Woodpecker

Downy woodpeckers are commonly found in a residential area, woodlands, river groves, orchards, and parks throughout South Dakota. They are small-sized, with short stubby bill and black spots on the white outer feathers of the tail. Mostly they feed on insects, however, they also eat seeds and berries. They forage at any level of vegetation, live in the cavity of a tree.

Color photo of Katydid
August 10, 2019


Human settlement certainly disrupts wildlife, but the smaller and more adaptable members of a disturbed ecosystem tend to remain, coloring urban landscapes as reminders of the wild from which we came. This handsome katydid stood sentinel for more than an hour over throngs of Saturday shoppers in downtown Sioux Falls, SD on August 10, 2019, perched atop the word "Fargo" on

August 9, 2019

Image of the Week — Glacier Loss in Iceland

Iceland had 269 named glaciers as of the year 2000 but ice has retreated in the face of warming temperatures. By 2014, OK Glacier in western Iceland had lost so much mass that it was no longer considered one at all. Icelanders now refer to it simply as OK, the name of the volcano upon which it rests.

Color photograph of Falls Park, Sioux Falls, SD, USA
August 3, 2019

Falls Park - Sioux Falls, SD

Nature always displays vibrant colors. It is only a matter of time until you get the chance to witness its beauty. Even more difficult is capturing this beauty through the lens. Here, we see the magnificent beauty of the falls on the Big Sioux River, from which Sioux Falls, SD takes its name, showing the vibrant colors of nature just before sunset.

Color photo of Land Change interactive display at USGS EROS
August 2, 2019

Determining Land Change Display

An interactive display at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center highlighting land change research.

Color photo of Land Change interactive display at USGS EROS
August 2, 2019

Determining Land Change Display with Viewers

Viewers look through several years of change in an interactive display at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center.

August 1, 2019

Image of the Week - A Tear in the Mojave

Satellite imagery shows the rupture and shifting of land near Ridgecrest, CA from the July 2019 earthquakes.