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JACIE 2025 Workshop Save the Date
JACIE 2025 Workshop Save the Date
JACIE 2025 Workshop Save the Date
JACIE 2025 Workshop Save the Date

JACIE 2025 will be held April 7 - 11, 2025 at USGS Headquarters in Reston, Virginia. 

Annual JACIE Workshops are sponsored by government agencies and allow remote sensing experts to discuss system capabilities, calibration, and the impacts of data quality on various applications. 

Highlights of JACIE Workshops include:

JACIE 2025 will be held April 7 - 11, 2025 at USGS Headquarters in Reston, Virginia. 

Annual JACIE Workshops are sponsored by government agencies and allow remote sensing experts to discuss system capabilities, calibration, and the impacts of data quality on various applications. 

Highlights of JACIE Workshops include:

Landsat 9 Image of White Sands National Park
Landsat 9 Image of White Sands National Park
Landsat 9 Image of White Sands National Park
Landsat 9 Image of White Sands National Park

The Operational Land Imager (OLI) onboard the Landsat 9 satellite captured this image of the White Sands National Park on May 13, 2024.  

The Operational Land Imager (OLI) onboard the Landsat 9 satellite captured this image of the White Sands National Park on May 13, 2024.  

Landsat Global Archive Consolidation WRS 2 Scenes
Landsat Global Archive Consolidation WRS 2 Scenes
Landsat Global Archive Consolidation WRS 2 Scenes
Landsat Global Archive Consolidation WRS 2 Scenes

The Landsat Global Archive Consolidation WRS-2 Scenes heatmap displays Landsat scenes by WRS-2 path/row that were contributed to the USGS Landsat Archive by Landsat International Cooperator Ground Stations.

The Landsat Global Archive Consolidation WRS-2 Scenes heatmap displays Landsat scenes by WRS-2 path/row that were contributed to the USGS Landsat Archive by Landsat International Cooperator Ground Stations.

Landsat Global Archive Consolidation WRS 1 Scenes
Landsat Global Archive Consolidation WRS 1 Scenes
Landsat Global Archive Consolidation WRS 1 Scenes
Landsat Global Archive Consolidation WRS 1 Scenes

The Landsat Global Archive Consolidation WRS-1 Scenes heatmap displays Landsat scenes by WRS-1 path/row that were contributed to the USGS Landsat Archive by Landsat International Cooperator Ground Stations.

The Landsat Global Archive Consolidation WRS-1 Scenes heatmap displays Landsat scenes by WRS-1 path/row that were contributed to the USGS Landsat Archive by Landsat International Cooperator Ground Stations.

Landsat 8 Image of Tiwi Islands
Landsat 8 Image of Tiwi Islands
Landsat 8 Image of Tiwi Islands
Landsat 8 Image of Tiwi Islands

This Landsat 8 images displays the Tiwi Islands. 

The Tiwi Islands are part of the Northern Territory, Australia, north of Darwin in the Timor Sea. They are comprised of the islands of Melville and Bathurst, and nine smaller, uninhabited islands. 

This Landsat 8 images displays the Tiwi Islands. 

The Tiwi Islands are part of the Northern Territory, Australia, north of Darwin in the Timor Sea. They are comprised of the islands of Melville and Bathurst, and nine smaller, uninhabited islands. 

Landsat 9 image sees Iceland Volcano lava
Landsat 9 Image Captures Iceland Volcano Lava
Landsat 9 Image Captures Iceland Volcano Lava
Landsat 9 Image Captures Iceland Volcano Lava

In November 2023 the Svartsengi volcanic system awakened after almost 800 years with a series of earthquakes that opened large cracks in the on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula.  An eruption on December 18th spewed lava away from the nearby coastal town of Grindavik, but the January 14, 2024 eruption sent lava directly toward the town.

In November 2023 the Svartsengi volcanic system awakened after almost 800 years with a series of earthquakes that opened large cracks in the on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula.  An eruption on December 18th spewed lava away from the nearby coastal town of Grindavik, but the January 14, 2024 eruption sent lava directly toward the town.

Fractional cover of Olifants River, Koekenaap, South Africa
Fractional cover of Olifants River, Koekenaap, South Africa
Fractional cover of Olifants River, Koekenaap, South Africa
Fractional cover of Olifants River, Koekenaap, South Africa

Fractional cover of Olifants River, Koekenaap, South Africa, with 3-month intervals captured in 2020 processed by Digital Earth Africa with legend showing the RBG (Red-Blue-Green) breakdown. Image credit: Geoscience Australia

Fractional cover of Olifants River, Koekenaap, South Africa, with 3-month intervals captured in 2020 processed by Digital Earth Africa with legend showing the RBG (Red-Blue-Green) breakdown. Image credit: Geoscience Australia

Staff in field mapping croplands
Ministry of Agriculture staff in Zambia mapping and analyzing crop production.
Ministry of Agriculture staff in Zambia mapping and analyzing crop production.
Ministry of Agriculture staff in Zambia mapping and analyzing crop production.

Ministry of Agriculture staff in Zambia mapping and analyzing crop production. Photo credit: Geoscience Australia

Team collecting field data
Field Survey on Irrigation Techniques in Mozambique
Field Survey on Irrigation Techniques in Mozambique
Field Survey on Irrigation Techniques in Mozambique

Timon Weitkamp and the team collecting field data on irrigation techniques in Mozambique. Photo credit: Geoscience Australia

Man staring at his laptop with maps on the wall in the background
George Xian, a research physical scientist at EROS
George Xian, a research physical scientist at EROS
George Xian, a research physical scientist at EROS

George Xian, a research physical scientist at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, works in his office.

George Xian, a research physical scientist at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, works in his office.

A map of the USA with landcover classes and legend. A pullout of the area around Atlanta is add with an animated GIF.
NLCD 2023 Sneak Peak!
NLCD 2023 Sneak Peak!
NLCD 2023 Sneak Peak!

Based on Landsat Collection 2, NLCD 2023 will offer annual products from 1985 – 2023. Depicting urban growth for the Atlanta area, this animation shows a single Landsat U.S. ARD tile of Anderson Level II land cover classification generated from the latest prototypes.

Based on Landsat Collection 2, NLCD 2023 will offer annual products from 1985 – 2023. Depicting urban growth for the Atlanta area, this animation shows a single Landsat U.S. ARD tile of Anderson Level II land cover classification generated from the latest prototypes.

Two men admiring an award
Pecora Award Winner Russell Congalton Is Congratulated by EROS Chief of Staff Tim Glynn at Geo Week
Pecora Award Winner Russell Congalton Is Congratulated by EROS Chief of Staff Tim Glynn at Geo Week
Pecora Award Winner Russell Congalton Is Congratulated by EROS Chief of Staff Tim Glynn at Geo Week

Pecora Award Winner Russell Congalton is congratulated by EROS Chief of Staff Tim Glynn at Geo Week in Denver. Photo credit: Shado Congalton.

Landsat Missions Timeline
Landsat Missions Timeline
Landsat Missions Timeline
Landsat Missions Timeline

In a September 21, 1966 press release, Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall announced that the DOI was launching "Project EROS (Earth Resources Observation Satellites)." Udall's vision was to observe the Earth for the benefit of all. 

In a September 21, 1966 press release, Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall announced that the DOI was launching "Project EROS (Earth Resources Observation Satellites)." Udall's vision was to observe the Earth for the benefit of all. 

30 Years of the National Land Cover Database
30 Years of the National Land Cover Database (NLCD)
30 Years of the National Land Cover Database (NLCD)
30 Years of the National Land Cover Database (NLCD)

30 Years of the National Land Cover Database (NLCD)

The NLCD stands as the definitive land cover database for the United States

Pecora Award 2024 Call for Nominations
Pecora Award 2024 Call for Nominations
Pecora Award 2024 Call for Nominations
Pecora Award 2024 Call for Nominations

Pecora award 2024 flyer announcing call for nominations, due May 15, 2024. This image details the procedure for nominations, eligibility, and privacy statement. Visit this USGS page for eligibility requirements and the nomination process. 

Pecora award 2024 flyer announcing call for nominations, due May 15, 2024. This image details the procedure for nominations, eligibility, and privacy statement. Visit this USGS page for eligibility requirements and the nomination process. 

An image of where to download LCMAP reference data.
LCMAP CONUS Reference Data Download
LCMAP CONUS Reference Data Download
LCMAP CONUS Reference Data Download

An illustration of where to download LCMAP CONUS Reference Data. The Reference Data can be downloaded through ScienceBase.

An illustration of where to download LCMAP CONUS Reference Data. The Reference Data can be downloaded through ScienceBase.

An image of where to download LCMAP validation tables in ScienceBase
An Illustration of where to download LCMAP CONUS Validation tables.
An Illustration of where to download LCMAP CONUS Validation tables.
An Illustration of where to download LCMAP CONUS Validation tables.

An illustration od where to download LCMAP COMUS Validation Tables. The table are located on ScienceBase.

Landsat 8 Level-1 scene reprocessed with updated Calibration Parameter file
Landsat 8 Image of Sea of Okhotsk Shoreline
Landsat 8 Image of Sea of Okhotsk Shoreline
Landsat 8 Image of Sea of Okhotsk Shoreline

This image, displaying a small area of the Sea of Okhotsk shoreline, is one of over 4,000 Landsat 8 Level-1 scenes that were acquired between January 1 and January 6, 2024, and reprocessed on January 12, 2024 with an updated Calibration Parameter file.

This image, displaying a small area of the Sea of Okhotsk shoreline, is one of over 4,000 Landsat 8 Level-1 scenes that were acquired between January 1 and January 6, 2024, and reprocessed on January 12, 2024 with an updated Calibration Parameter file.

Closeup of a museum display
Closeup View of Model of the Unisphere (Erosphere) Project on Display at Museum
Closeup View of Model of the Unisphere (Erosphere) Project on Display at Museum
Closeup View of Model of the Unisphere (Erosphere) Project on Display at Museum

A model of the Unisphere project on display at the Old Courthouse Museum in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The concept of the project, originally called “Erosphere,” included a science center, farm of the future, visitor center, and space for scientific conventions.

A model of the Unisphere project on display at the Old Courthouse Museum in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The concept of the project, originally called “Erosphere,” included a science center, farm of the future, visitor center, and space for scientific conventions.

satellite image of urban land surrounded by water
Landsat 9 image of San Francisco Bay Area captured October 29, 2023
Landsat 9 image of San Francisco Bay Area captured October 29, 2023
Landsat 9 image of San Francisco Bay Area captured October 29, 2023

A Landsat 9 satellite image of the San Francisco Bay Area captured on October 29, 2023.