Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center


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Date published: May 10, 2021

EROS Mapping Products to be Renamed Rangeland Condition, Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection (RCMAP) with New Data Release

The USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center’s geospatial rangeland products have been known by many names since their initial iterations were released in 2018.

Date published: April 28, 2021

How the Nation’s Forest Census Improves Satellite-Based Mapping

It’s possible to map vegetation type with Landsat, but getting the maps right requires more than satellites alone.

The teams at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center behind the LANDFIRE program’s mapping products use an extensive network of ground control points to check their work, thereby bolstering the reliability,...

Date published: April 28, 2021

LCMAP Releases Adds Data for 2018, 2019 with Release of Collection 1.1

The USGS Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection (LCMAP) initiative has released the first update to its Conterminous United States (CONUS) science products, adding two years of data to a satellite-derived product suite already-unparalleled in its temporal density.

Date published: April 23, 2021

New Report Explains Landsat’s Role as ‘Gold Standard’ for Calibration

Landsat data have long been recognized for the quality and reliability of their calibration. A recent report puts a spotlight on that commitment to accuracy.

Date published: April 22, 2021

Celebrating Earth Day from Above

Happy Earth Day! As we celebrate our wonderful planet and the fascinating things we learn about it every year, we wanted to share a unique view of the Earth, provided by the longest continuously running Earth-observing satellite program: Landsat.

Date published: April 15, 2021

USGS Landsat Satellites Enable Google to Portray Global Change

USGS Landsat satellite data and imagery are the key foundation for the newly released Google Earth 3D Timelapse tool. The upgraded Timelapse presents a global, zoomable time-lapse video of the planet from 1984 to 2020.

Date published: April 14, 2021

New York Tries Creative Ways—Like Satellites—to Fight Hemlock-Killing Insect

Hunting for an insect the size of a poppy seed in a forest of trees that can soar 100 feet high is, admittedly, a tall task.

But after seeing the “gray ghosts” of dead eastern hemlock trees haunt forests farther south, officials in New York have been intent on preventing the same fate for the state’s eastern hemlocks as the aphid-like hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) creeps north.

Date published: April 12, 2021

Ladies of Landsat Group Offers Sense of Belonging and Support

Finding connections and a sense of community help make work more fulfilling. But a feeling of belonging can be harder for some people to find than others. A remote-sensing-focused Twitter group is trying to do something about that.

Date published: April 9, 2021

Landsat User Case Studies – Dive into Details

USGS social scientists use qualitative research methods to better understand Landsat imagery use and the benefits and challenges perceived by Landsat users. These Landsat user case studies provide in-depth information about users, uses, user value, and societal benefits.  

Date published: April 6, 2021

New EROS Tool Shows County-By-County Change Across United States

The USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center has released a new online tool to help the public better visualize county-by-county land change across the United States.

Date published: April 2, 2021

Satellite Data Shows Value in Monitoring Deforestation, Forest Degradation

Deforestation is a significant concern for many parts of the globe, particularly in places like the rainforests of the Amazon or the Congo. Scientists, governments, and non-governmental organizations turn to satellite data to track deforestation, as well as to set targets for improvement.

Date published: March 24, 2021

EROS Teams Step in to Fill Gap in Drought Monitoring Data Stream

Each week, the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center releases VegDRI and QuickDRI maps that show the moisture content of the Nation’s vegetation. Those maps help build the U.S. Drought Monitor map, which in turn helps guide agriculture decisions and policy across the U.S.