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At EROS, we highlight new satellite images that feature striking changes to the Earth's surface. Our images come from locations around the world.

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Poster image of man's mugshot on the right with mountain background and text and logos on the left EMIT: Imaging Spectroscopy, Surface Mineralogy, and Greenhouse Gas Products and Resources Available from the LP DAAC
EMIT: Imaging Spectroscopy, Surface Mineralogy, and Greenhouse Gas Products and Resources Available from the LP DAAC
EMIT: Imaging Spectroscopy, Surface Mineralogy, and Greenhouse Gas Products and Resources Available from the LP DAAC

This is a recording of a previous webinar entitled: “EMIT: Imaging Spectroscopy, Surface Mineralogy, and Greenhouse Gas Products and Resources Available from the LP DAAC”. This webinar was recorded on May 30, 2024.

This is a recording of a previous webinar entitled: “EMIT: Imaging Spectroscopy, Surface Mineralogy, and Greenhouse Gas Products and Resources Available from the LP DAAC”. This webinar was recorded on May 30, 2024.

A satellite image of a lake beside an image of the Earth, with text on top of the image Image of the Week: A Warm February in Northern Minnesota
Image of the Week: A Warm February in Northern Minnesota
Image of the Week: A Warm February in Northern Minnesota

Like many lakes in northern Minnesota, Mille Lacs near Brainerd experienced an uncommonly warm winter this year, with lower than average snowfall. Natural color Landsat images from the past ten Februarys reveal a stark change in 2024.

Like many lakes in northern Minnesota, Mille Lacs near Brainerd experienced an uncommonly warm winter this year, with lower than average snowfall. Natural color Landsat images from the past ten Februarys reveal a stark change in 2024.

Satellite image of a white mass of clouds with circular dark spots with a title Von Karman Vortices in the Atlantic (Image of the Week)
Von Karman Vortices in the Atlantic (Image of the Week)
Von Karman Vortices in the Atlantic (Image of the Week)

On March 3rd, near South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Landsat 9 captured this dream-like image. This natural color view shows a weather pattern known as a “Von Karman vortex street," caused by prevailing winds from the southeast.

On March 3rd, near South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Landsat 9 captured this dream-like image. This natural color view shows a weather pattern known as a “Von Karman vortex street," caused by prevailing winds from the southeast.

A model of a ship on blue background strewn with small, flat white shapes and text Image of the Week: Ice Routes in Finland Revealed by Landsat
Image of the Week: Ice Routes in Finland Revealed by Landsat
Image of the Week: Ice Routes in Finland Revealed by Landsat

Cloud-free satellite views of Lake Saimaa in Finland are rare in January. But this Landsat 9 scene, captured on January 4th, reveals over 200 miles of winter shipping lanes. The water vapor from 3 large wood pulp factories can be seen on this shoreline. One is located in Lappeenranta, where the ice route begins.

Cloud-free satellite views of Lake Saimaa in Finland are rare in January. But this Landsat 9 scene, captured on January 4th, reveals over 200 miles of winter shipping lanes. The water vapor from 3 large wood pulp factories can be seen on this shoreline. One is located in Lappeenranta, where the ice route begins.

Satellite image of land and coastline with text and logo on top Image of the Week: Fire in Northern Australia: a 2023 Timelapse
Image of the Week: Fire in Northern Australia: a 2023 Timelapse
Image of the Week: Fire in Northern Australia: a 2023 Timelapse

The bushfire season in northern Australia generally runs from May to October. 2023 was an especially intense year in the north. Select infrared imagery from the Landsat archive was used here to produce a rolling mosaic timelapse of the landscape in eight-day segments.

The bushfire season in northern Australia generally runs from May to October. 2023 was an especially intense year in the north. Select infrared imagery from the Landsat archive was used here to produce a rolling mosaic timelapse of the landscape in eight-day segments.

Photo of water and a dam with title in various colors on top, plus a fish illustration with a word bubble Image of the Week: Landsat Views of Africa's Largest Hydro Dam
Image of the Week: Landsat Views of Africa's Largest Hydro Dam
Image of the Week: Landsat Views of Africa's Largest Hydro Dam

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is set to become the largest hydroelectric power plant in Africa.

Located near the Sudan border in Ethiopia, the promising and controversial project impacts communities up and down the Blue Nile.

Landsat sensors capture the region in false color infrared, emphasizing the reservoir's boundary.

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is set to become the largest hydroelectric power plant in Africa.

Located near the Sudan border in Ethiopia, the promising and controversial project impacts communities up and down the Blue Nile.

Landsat sensors capture the region in false color infrared, emphasizing the reservoir's boundary.

Poster-type image of Earth in the background, an aerial image of land and a water tower with title/logo Image of the Week: Aerial Photos of an Image Archive
Image of the Week: Aerial Photos of an Image Archive
Image of the Week: Aerial Photos of an Image Archive

The home of the Landsat satellite archive is surrounded by corn and soybean fields. The archive is kept at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center (EROS) located near Sioux Falls, South Dakota. EROS is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

The home of the Landsat satellite archive is surrounded by corn and soybean fields. The archive is kept at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center (EROS) located near Sioux Falls, South Dakota. EROS is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Text title over a satellite image of river and land Image of the Week - Drought in Brazil
Image of the Week - Drought in Brazil
Image of the Week - Drought in Brazil

The Amazon Rainforest in South America typically experiences its drier season between the months of July and October. Satellite imagery from Landsats 9 and 8 show severe drought conditions in 2023 in comparison to 2022 when the area received average rainfall.

The Amazon Rainforest in South America typically experiences its drier season between the months of July and October. Satellite imagery from Landsats 9 and 8 show severe drought conditions in 2023 in comparison to 2022 when the area received average rainfall.

Title slide with illustration of satellite above the Earth and text alongside Landsat: Products & Services from the USGS - Webinar, September 2023
Landsat: Products & Services from the USGS - Webinar, September 2023
Landsat: Products & Services from the USGS - Webinar, September 2023

The USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center maintains the largest civilian collection of images of the Earth’s land surface. At EROS we study land change and produce land change data products used by researchers, resource managers, and policymakers across the nation and around the world.

The USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center maintains the largest civilian collection of images of the Earth’s land surface. At EROS we study land change and produce land change data products used by researchers, resource managers, and policymakers across the nation and around the world.

Predominantly, an image of Earth, with a satellite image on the left side and text on top of the Earth image Image of the Week: No Place for Flamingos on Fuente de Piedra
Image of the Week: No Place for Flamingos on Fuente de Piedra
Image of the Week: No Place for Flamingos on Fuente de Piedra

No Place for Flamingos on Fuente de Piedra.

Fuente de Piedra, a saltwater lagoon in southern Spain, is an important breeding site for thousands of flamingos. In 2023, the shallow wetland nearly completely dried up, leaving little space for the birds. Only a few dozen birds were seen on the lagoon this year, a situation that could impact tourism.

No Place for Flamingos on Fuente de Piedra.

Fuente de Piedra, a saltwater lagoon in southern Spain, is an important breeding site for thousands of flamingos. In 2023, the shallow wetland nearly completely dried up, leaving little space for the birds. Only a few dozen birds were seen on the lagoon this year, a situation that could impact tourism.

Planet Earth on black background with a few satellites, a logo and white lettering USGS EROS: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence
USGS EROS: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence
USGS EROS: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence

For 50 years, the people of EROS have overcome difficulties and celebrated triumphs together, always centered on providing a perspective of the Earth that helps us better understand its condition. This video, timed with the 50th anniversary celebration at EROS in August of 2023, explores the center's history.

For 50 years, the people of EROS have overcome difficulties and celebrated triumphs together, always centered on providing a perspective of the Earth that helps us better understand its condition. This video, timed with the 50th anniversary celebration at EROS in August of 2023, explores the center's history.

Spherical building with grass. Text reads" The EROS Radome: 20 Things You Didn't Know" EROS Radome: 20 Things You Didn't Know
EROS Radome: 20 Things You Didn't Know
EROS Radome: 20 Things You Didn't Know

Landsat satellites move in a polar orbit from north to south at over 27,000 kilometers per hour. For the ten meter antenna at EROS, a typical flyover, also known as a pass, lasts 14 minutes from horizon to horizon.

Landsat satellites move in a polar orbit from north to south at over 27,000 kilometers per hour. For the ten meter antenna at EROS, a typical flyover, also known as a pass, lasts 14 minutes from horizon to horizon.

Image of the planet with "Fires in Canada May 2023" written across the top Image of the Week: Fires in Canada, May 2023
Image of the Week: Fires in Canada, May 2023
Image of the Week: Fires in Canada, May 2023

Smoke filled the skies over western Canada and even much of the United States in May 2023. The source was several wildfires in Alberta and British Columbia.

Near the end of May, rain and cooler temperatures finally brought some relief for the out-of-control fires.

Smoke filled the skies over western Canada and even much of the United States in May 2023. The source was several wildfires in Alberta and British Columbia.

Near the end of May, rain and cooler temperatures finally brought some relief for the out-of-control fires.

Webinar title slide showing portrait of female presenter Bulk Download Web Application (BDWA) - Webinar, April 2023
Bulk Download Web Application (BDWA) - Webinar, April 2023
Bulk Download Web Application (BDWA) - Webinar, April 2023

The USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center maintains the largest civilian collection of images of the Earth’s land surface. At EROS we study land change and produce land change data products used by researchers, resource managers, and policy makers across the nation and around the world.

The USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center maintains the largest civilian collection of images of the Earth’s land surface. At EROS we study land change and produce land change data products used by researchers, resource managers, and policy makers across the nation and around the world.

the world with Landsat image of Tulare Basin. text reads "Tulare Basin refills" Image of the Week: Tulare Basin Refills
Image of the Week: Tulare Basin Refills
Image of the Week: Tulare Basin Refills

A winter of heavy rain causes flooding in California's Tulare Basin, threatening cropland. The basin was once the site of a large lake that appeared naturally every winter as rainfall and snowmelt from the nearby Sierra Nevada mountain range flowed down and filled the basin. It was even known as the largest lake west of the Mississippi River.

A winter of heavy rain causes flooding in California's Tulare Basin, threatening cropland. The basin was once the site of a large lake that appeared naturally every winter as rainfall and snowmelt from the nearby Sierra Nevada mountain range flowed down and filled the basin. It was even known as the largest lake west of the Mississippi River.

Earth Explorer. Bulk Download Web Application. Using the EarthExplorer Bulk Download Web Application (BDWA)
Using the EarthExplorer Bulk Download Web Application (BDWA)
Using the EarthExplorer Bulk Download Web Application (BDWA)

This video covers the Bulk Download Web Application or BDWA, which allows you to download large quantities of satellite imagery and geospatial data. The BDWA is web based and compatible with Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. No additional downloads are required to use the BDWA.

This video covers the Bulk Download Web Application or BDWA, which allows you to download large quantities of satellite imagery and geospatial data. The BDWA is web based and compatible with Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. No additional downloads are required to use the BDWA.

screenshot of the beginning of the iow brunt ice shelf video Image of the Week: A New Iceberg at Brunt
Image of the Week: A New Iceberg at Brunt
Image of the Week: A New Iceberg at Brunt

An iceberg the size of Houston broke from the Brunt Ice Shelf Antarctica on January 22nd, 2023. Landsat images show the area one day before the break and several days after. A feature named Chasm One had been lengthening for years, and it finally reached all the way across the shelf.

An iceberg the size of Houston broke from the Brunt Ice Shelf Antarctica on January 22nd, 2023. Landsat images show the area one day before the break and several days after. A feature named Chasm One had been lengthening for years, and it finally reached all the way across the shelf.

thumbnail of image of the week video Image of the Week - Cheyenne Bottoms Dries Out
Image of the Week - Cheyenne Bottoms Dries Out
Image of the Week - Cheyenne Bottoms Dries Out

Cheyenne Bottoms is the largest inland wetland in the United States. Water normally diverts from rivers into the vast marshland. The wetland water level changes with precipitation and surface flows. For example, 2007 was a wet year. And 2013 was a dry year.

Cheyenne Bottoms is the largest inland wetland in the United States. Water normally diverts from rivers into the vast marshland. The wetland water level changes with precipitation and surface flows. For example, 2007 was a wet year. And 2013 was a dry year.

Logo with title and image of Earth on its axis Image of the Week - Landsat and Our Tilted Planet
Image of the Week - Landsat and Our Tilted Planet
Image of the Week - Landsat and Our Tilted Planet

We wouldn't have seasons here on Earth if not for the planet's 23.5 degree axial tilt. Axial tilt is also known as obliquity. Earth's obliquity and its relationship with the sun give us two solstice points and two equinox points. As we orbit through each solstice and equinox, the amount and angle of daylight change.

We wouldn't have seasons here on Earth if not for the planet's 23.5 degree axial tilt. Axial tilt is also known as obliquity. Earth's obliquity and its relationship with the sun give us two solstice points and two equinox points. As we orbit through each solstice and equinox, the amount and angle of daylight change.

Graphic of Landsat Next Planned Orbits and Swath Coverage Landsat Next Planned Orbits and Swath Coverage
Landsat Next Planned Orbits and Swath Coverage
Landsat Next Planned Orbits and Swath Coverage

Landsat Next is the follow on mission to Landsat-9. Landsat Next which will provide data continuity to the decades long data record of the Earth’s land from space. It is still in the planning stages and is targeted for launch around 2030.

Landsat Next is the follow on mission to Landsat-9. Landsat Next which will provide data continuity to the decades long data record of the Earth’s land from space. It is still in the planning stages and is targeted for launch around 2030.

Logo with title and image of Earth from space Image of the Week - World Cup in Qatar, 2022
Image of the Week - World Cup in Qatar, 2022
Image of the Week - World Cup in Qatar, 2022

While the best soccer players in the world show off their footwork skills, the best Earth observation satellite program in the world displays its skill at detecting change over time. Landsat images show the rapidly growing city of Doha in Qatar. It's the country's capital and the location of the 2022 men's World Cup.

While the best soccer players in the world show off their footwork skills, the best Earth observation satellite program in the world displays its skill at detecting change over time. Landsat images show the rapidly growing city of Doha in Qatar. It's the country's capital and the location of the 2022 men's World Cup.