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Thumbnail image for EoE Episode 119 - Kristi Kline: EROS Career Reflections
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Eyes on Earth Episode 119 – Kristi Kline: EROS Career Reflections
Eyes on Earth Episode 119 – Kristi Kline: EROS Career Reflections
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Eyes on Earth Episode 119 – Kristi Kline: EROS Career Reflections

In this episode of Eyes on Earth, we talk with Kristi Kline about the constant changes and innovations that have been needed at EROS to keep up with changes in computer tech and data processing. Kline has been a part of helping to implement these changes over the past 27 years and is now retiring at the end of May 2024.

In this episode of Eyes on Earth, we talk with Kristi Kline about the constant changes and innovations that have been needed at EROS to keep up with changes in computer tech and data processing. Kline has been a part of helping to implement these changes over the past 27 years and is now retiring at the end of May 2024.

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Eyes on Earth Episode 118 – Preparing for Landsat Next, Part 2
Eyes on Earth Episode 118 – Preparing for Landsat Next, Part 2
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Eyes on Earth Episode 118 – Preparing for Landsat Next, Part 2

In this episode of Eyes on Earth, we talk with several people involved with the next Landsat mission, targeted for launch around 2030. While that may seem like a ways into the future, it takes a lot of work to prepare for such a big mission.

In this episode of Eyes on Earth, we talk with several people involved with the next Landsat mission, targeted for launch around 2030. While that may seem like a ways into the future, it takes a lot of work to prepare for such a big mission.

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Eyes on Earth Episode 117 – Preparing for Landsat Next, Part 1
Eyes on Earth Episode 117 – Preparing for Landsat Next, Part 1
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Eyes on Earth Episode 117 – Preparing for Landsat Next, Part 1

In this episode of Eyes on Earth, we talk with several people involved with the next Landsat mission. In Part 1, we’ll hear about how different Landsat Next will be from previous Landsat missions and how its additional spectral bands, higher resolution and 6-day revisit will benefit science and society.

In this episode of Eyes on Earth, we talk with several people involved with the next Landsat mission. In Part 1, we’ll hear about how different Landsat Next will be from previous Landsat missions and how its additional spectral bands, higher resolution and 6-day revisit will benefit science and society.

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Eyes on Earth Episode 116 – Landsat Images the Twilight Zone
Eyes on Earth Episode 116 – Landsat Images the Twilight Zone
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Eyes on Earth Episode 116 – Landsat Images the Twilight Zone

Landsat has documented changes all over the world for over 50 years. Changes in polar regions are happening especially rapidly. But it’s dark in polar regions much of the time. Therefore, a new acquisition scheme is adding more imagery of these dark, polar regions so these changes can be studied in more detail, even in polar twilight.

Landsat has documented changes all over the world for over 50 years. Changes in polar regions are happening especially rapidly. But it’s dark in polar regions much of the time. Therefore, a new acquisition scheme is adding more imagery of these dark, polar regions so these changes can be studied in more detail, even in polar twilight.

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Eyes on Earth Episode 115 – EROS Women in Science
Eyes on Earth Episode 115 – EROS Women in Science
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Eyes on Earth Episode 115 – EROS Women in Science

Women have been crucial to the EROS workforce from the very beginning in a variety of areas, from customer service and computers to film processing and administration.

Women have been crucial to the EROS workforce from the very beginning in a variety of areas, from customer service and computers to film processing and administration.

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Thumbnail image of EoE episode 114 on water quality with Landsat
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Eyes on Earth Episode 114 – The Color of Water with Landsat
Eyes on Earth Episode 114 – The Color of Water with Landsat
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Eyes on Earth Episode 114 – The Color of Water with Landsat

Typically, we use Landsat data to study changes on the land—you know, Landsat. In this episode of Eyes on Earth, we learn how satellite images and pixels of water, along with actual water samples, are helpful in determining the productivity of lakes across the United States. We talk with Mendenhall Fellow and Research Geographer Dr.

Typically, we use Landsat data to study changes on the land—you know, Landsat. In this episode of Eyes on Earth, we learn how satellite images and pixels of water, along with actual water samples, are helpful in determining the productivity of lakes across the United States. We talk with Mendenhall Fellow and Research Geographer Dr.

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Eyes on Earth Episode 113 – EROS Science Leader’s Vision
Eyes on Earth Episode 113 – EROS Science Leader’s Vision
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Eyes on Earth Episode 113 – EROS Science Leader’s Vision

Terry Sohl helped develop the National Land Cover Database, NLCD, when he first arrived, and now he’s overseeing significant improvements to the widely used product. But that’s just one part of his new role.

Terry Sohl helped develop the National Land Cover Database, NLCD, when he first arrived, and now he’s overseeing significant improvements to the widely used product. But that’s just one part of his new role.

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Eyes on Earth Episode 112 - Landsat in Popular Media
Eyes on Earth Episode 112 - Landsat in Popular Media
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Eyes on Earth Episode 112 - Landsat in Popular Media

In this episode of Eyes on Earth, we aim to separate science fiction from science fact when it comes to how Landsat satellites and the EROS Center are portrayed in popular media. To do that, we consulted experts on a range of potential uses, including military, heat signatures, paleontology, and forests.

In this episode of Eyes on Earth, we aim to separate science fiction from science fact when it comes to how Landsat satellites and the EROS Center are portrayed in popular media. To do that, we consulted experts on a range of potential uses, including military, heat signatures, paleontology, and forests.

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Eyes on Earth Episode 111 – Mendenhall Fellow’s Drought Forecasting
Eyes on Earth Episode 111 – Mendenhall Fellow’s Drought Forecasting
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Eyes on Earth Episode 111 – Mendenhall Fellow’s Drought Forecasting

In this episode of Eyes on Earth, we spoke with Mikael Hiestand, a Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow. Using algorithms developed at EROS, Mikael is working on near-term drought forecasting. With synthetic Landsat data, he found that predicting evapotranspiration could be used as a means of drought prediction and monitoring.

In this episode of Eyes on Earth, we spoke with Mikael Hiestand, a Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow. Using algorithms developed at EROS, Mikael is working on near-term drought forecasting. With synthetic Landsat data, he found that predicting evapotranspiration could be used as a means of drought prediction and monitoring.

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Eyes on Earth Episode 110 – Geospatial Information Response Team
Eyes on Earth Episode 110 – Geospatial Information Response Team
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Eyes on Earth Episode 110 – Geospatial Information Response Team

First responders need reliable, accurate mapping capabilities as quickly as possible in the wake of a disaster—and they don’t have time to download and organize it.

First responders need reliable, accurate mapping capabilities as quickly as possible in the wake of a disaster—and they don’t have time to download and organize it.

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Eyes on Earth Episode 109 – Fall 2023 EROS Poster Session
Eyes on Earth Episode 109 – Fall 2023 EROS Poster Session
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Eyes on Earth Episode 109 – Fall 2023 EROS Poster Session

In this episode of Eyes on Earth, we hear from several EROS staff members and university graduate students who took part in our Fall Poster Session. Lively conversations filled the EROS atrium during the hour-long event. Participants got to learn from one another as they shared their work. We talked to a few of them to get quick summaries of their research.

In this episode of Eyes on Earth, we hear from several EROS staff members and university graduate students who took part in our Fall Poster Session. Lively conversations filled the EROS atrium during the hour-long event. Participants got to learn from one another as they shared their work. We talked to a few of them to get quick summaries of their research.

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Eyes on Earth Episode 108 – Landsat 8’s 100th Drag Make-Up Maneuver
Eyes on Earth Episode 108 – Landsat 8’s 100th Drag Make-Up Maneuver
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Eyes on Earth Episode 108 – Landsat 8’s 100th Drag Make-Up Maneuver

The Landsat Program is considered the gold standard for satellite Earth-observation imagery. To keep it that way, the USGS EROS Flight Operations Team continually monitors the flight paths of the Landsat satellites to make sure they stay at a consistent 705-kilometer altitude. That means frequently speeding it up to counter the effects of atmospheric drag.

The Landsat Program is considered the gold standard for satellite Earth-observation imagery. To keep it that way, the USGS EROS Flight Operations Team continually monitors the flight paths of the Landsat satellites to make sure they stay at a consistent 705-kilometer altitude. That means frequently speeding it up to counter the effects of atmospheric drag.

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Eyes on Earth Episode 107 – EROS 50th: Land Cover, Part 2
Eyes on Earth Episode 107 – EROS 50th: Land Cover, Part 2
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Eyes on Earth Episode 107 – EROS 50th: Land Cover, Part 2

The National Land Cover Database (NLCD) has a long history as the definitive U.S. land cover product. But the newer Land Change Monitoring, Assessment and Projection (LCMAP) effort takes a longer look back in time.

The National Land Cover Database (NLCD) has a long history as the definitive U.S. land cover product. But the newer Land Change Monitoring, Assessment and Projection (LCMAP) effort takes a longer look back in time.

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Eyes on Earth Episode 106 – EROS 50th: Land Cover, Part 1
Eyes on Earth Episode 106 – EROS 50th: Land Cover, Part 1
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Eyes on Earth Episode 106 – EROS 50th: Land Cover, Part 1

Several decades ago, USGS EROS employees were pioneers in land cover mapping—turning satellite imagery into a record of what covers the land, from farmland to forest to urban areas. National and global datasets with a variety of uses resulted from these efforts.

Several decades ago, USGS EROS employees were pioneers in land cover mapping—turning satellite imagery into a record of what covers the land, from farmland to forest to urban areas. National and global datasets with a variety of uses resulted from these efforts.

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Eyes on Earth Episode 105 – Imagery Challenges of Alaska
Eyes on Earth Episode 105 – Imagery Challenges of Alaska
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Eyes on Earth Episode 105 – Imagery Challenges of Alaska

In this episode of Eyes on Earth, we focus on Alaska. Rich in wildlife and natural resources, not to mention its sheer size, Alaska has long been a source of fascination for remote sensing scientists. But it is also a source of frustration, with frequent cloud and snow cover and months of darkness each year.

In this episode of Eyes on Earth, we focus on Alaska. Rich in wildlife and natural resources, not to mention its sheer size, Alaska has long been a source of fascination for remote sensing scientists. But it is also a source of frustration, with frequent cloud and snow cover and months of darkness each year.

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Eyes on Earth Episode 104 – EROS 50th: Alumni and Friends, Part 2
Eyes on Earth Episode 104 – EROS 50th: Alumni and Friends, Part 2
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Eyes on Earth Episode 104 – EROS 50th: Alumni and Friends, Part 2

At the USGS EROS 50th anniversary events on August 17-19, 2023, a special effort was made to include alumni who had worked at the center, especially those from the earliest years of EROS’ existence. This episode of Eyes on Earth is the second to highlight their stories, with emphasis on science, technology, and EROS’ international outlook.

At the USGS EROS 50th anniversary events on August 17-19, 2023, a special effort was made to include alumni who had worked at the center, especially those from the earliest years of EROS’ existence. This episode of Eyes on Earth is the second to highlight their stories, with emphasis on science, technology, and EROS’ international outlook.

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Eyes on Earth Episode 103 - EROS 50th: Alumni and Friends, Part 1
Eyes on Earth Episode 103 - EROS 50th: Alumni and Friends, Part 1
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Eyes on Earth Episode 103 - EROS 50th: Alumni and Friends, Part 1

At the USGS EROS 50th anniversary events on August 17-19, 2023, a special effort was made to include alumni who had worked at the center, especially those from the earliest years of EROS’ existence. This episode of Eyes on Earth highlights their stories, with emphasis on EROS’ history and its dedicated employees.

At the USGS EROS 50th anniversary events on August 17-19, 2023, a special effort was made to include alumni who had worked at the center, especially those from the earliest years of EROS’ existence. This episode of Eyes on Earth highlights their stories, with emphasis on EROS’ history and its dedicated employees.

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EoE Episode 102 LANDFIRE thumbnail image
Eyes on Earth Episode 102 – LANDFIRE 2022 Update
Eyes on Earth Episode 102 – LANDFIRE 2022 Update
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Eyes on Earth Episode 102 – LANDFIRE 2022 Update

LANDFIRE, short for Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools, is a key national data source for the management of wildfires, management of the plant materials that fuel fires, and planning for prescribed fires across all 50 states and the U.S. territories.

LANDFIRE, short for Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools, is a key national data source for the management of wildfires, management of the plant materials that fuel fires, and planning for prescribed fires across all 50 states and the U.S. territories.

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EoE thumbnail image of Pete Doucette for episode 101
Eyes on Earth Episode 101 – EROS 50th: Director Pete Doucette Looks Ahead
Eyes on Earth Episode 101 – EROS 50th: Director Pete Doucette Looks Ahead
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EoE thumbnail image of Pete Doucette for episode 101
Eyes on Earth Episode 101 – EROS 50th: Director Pete Doucette Looks Ahead

EROS Center Director Pete Doucette has been at EROS for a fairly short stretch of the center’s 50-year history, but his passion for the mission of EROS and its opportunities in the future are clear in this episode of Eyes on Earth.

EROS Center Director Pete Doucette has been at EROS for a fairly short stretch of the center’s 50-year history, but his passion for the mission of EROS and its opportunities in the future are clear in this episode of Eyes on Earth.

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Eyes on Earth Episode 100 – EROS 50th: Our Legacy
Eyes on Earth Episode 100 – EROS 50th: Our Legacy
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Eyes on Earth Episode 100 – EROS 50th: Our Legacy

As USGS EROS turns 50 this month, our Eyes on Earth podcast also marks a big moment: Episode 100. To celebrate, we bring together some treasured moments from previous episodes in which people inside and outside of EROS share their thoughts on EROS and its role in the world of remote sensing, including as keeper of all Landsat satellite data.

As USGS EROS turns 50 this month, our Eyes on Earth podcast also marks a big moment: Episode 100. To celebrate, we bring together some treasured moments from previous episodes in which people inside and outside of EROS share their thoughts on EROS and its role in the world of remote sensing, including as keeper of all Landsat satellite data.

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Eyes on Earth Episode 99 – EROS 50th: Interns Who Stayed
Eyes on Earth Episode 99 – EROS 50th: Interns Who Stayed
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Eyes on Earth Episode 99 – EROS 50th: Interns Who Stayed

EROS has a long history of reaching out to universities to welcome interns who can both contribute to the center and gain valuable skills and experience. A good number of them went on to spend their careers at EROS, some for more than three decades.

EROS has a long history of reaching out to universities to welcome interns who can both contribute to the center and gain valuable skills and experience. A good number of them went on to spend their careers at EROS, some for more than three decades.