Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center


Below you'll find the most recent news about EROS and USGS. Please contact Jan Nelson at for assistance with specific media questions and requests.

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Date published: December 1, 2021

Collaboration’s Quest: Examine Effects of Urban Heat Actions in Chicago

Chicago faced a tragic awakening to the dangers of extreme heat in July 1995, when more than 700 people died during a record-breaking heat wave that stretched for five days.

Date published: November 29, 2021

Pecora 22 Calls for Special Session Abstracts

The 22nd William T. Pecora Memorial Remote Sensing Symposium (Pecora 22) will convene in Denver, Colorado, USA from October 23 – 28, 2022, and will focus on all aspects of Earth observation, spanning scientific discoveries to operational applications, and from sensors to decisions.

Date published: November 24, 2021

Landsat 9 Serves as Backbone of Efforts to Reduce Deforestation and Forest Degradation

The Landsat program has long been a powerful partner in the effort to manage and reduce carbon emissions worldwide.

The launch of Landsat 9 and its extension of the program’s nearly 50-year record of Earth surface change will help ensure the stability of those efforts, according to officials working with developing nations to monitor deforestation and forest degradation.

Date published: November 18, 2021

LCMAP Adds Data for 2020 with Release of Collection 1.2

The USGS Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection (LCMAP) initiative has released the second update to its Conterminous United States (CONUS) science products, adding the most recent calendar year of data to an unparalleled annual land cover and land surface change time series that stretches back to 1985.

Date published: November 12, 2021

Underfly Positions Landsat 9 Below Landsat 8 for Simultaneous Scenes

The newly launched Landsat 9 is experiencing a once-in-a-mission lifetime event where its orbit is directly below Landsat 8 for an “underfly.” For several days in the middle of November, the pair of Earth-observing satellites are flying together, collecting data at the same time for the same sites and requiring simultaneous downlinking to global ground station antennas.

Date published: November 8, 2021

First Images of Earth Taken by the Landsat 9 Satellite Released

Landsat 9, a joint mission from the Department of the Interior’s U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and NASA that launched Sept. 27, has collected its first images of Earth.  

Date published: November 5, 2021

USGS, EROS Process ‘First Light’ Images from Landsat 9

The first images from the joint USGS-NASA Landsat 9 mission have been released, offering a preview of the high-quality Earth observation data that will be available from the program’s newest observatory in early 2022.

Date published: October 25, 2021

ESPA now includes Landsat Collection 2 Normalized Difference Snow Index

A new science product easily separates snow from vegetation in processed Landsat Collection 2 scenes from 1982 to present.

Date published: October 21, 2021

OpenET Launch Gives EROS Scientists—and Water Managers—Reason to Celebrate

The Landsat 9 satellite’s launch September 27 will ensure the continuity of thermal imaging for the work of the evapotranspiration (ET) team at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center.

Date published: October 20, 2021

Landsat 9 Galleries: Launch Week

Santa Barbara County, CA, became a hub of Landsat activity in the last week of September 2021. That’s the week Landsat 9 launched into orbit on board an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base.

Date published: October 18, 2021

Landsat Update October 2021

Landsat Updates are prepared periodically and distributed electronically to provide information about Landsat activities and related topics of interest.


Date published: October 12, 2021

Reminder: Historic Prototype Viewers to be Decommissioned

As reported on September 17, 2021, the USGS is retiring the original LandsatLook 1.0 (now LandLook) and Sentinel2Look viewers at the end of the work day on Thursday, October 14,...