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

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Date published: February 21, 2020

EROS Upgrades Fire Danger Forecast Mapping Tools

Tracking large fire potential in the past, present, and future through remotely sensed data just got a lot simpler.

The Fire Danger Forecast project from the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center near Sioux Falls, SD has updated its web viewer to allow users to more easily...

Date published: February 10, 2020

Looking into the Future: The Art and Science of Land Use Projections

Terry Sohl is fairly unique among U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) research physical scientists at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center in that he spends less time looking at the past and present, and more time peering into the future.

Date published: January 24, 2020

EROS Fire Scientists Look at Potential Use of Lidar for Operational Burn Mapping

Fires that rage through forests, consuming vegetation on the ground and spreading into canopies, almost always leave important questions behind when they are done.

Like, what in fact burned? Where did it burn? How intense was the burn? And how far into the canopy did it reach?

Date published: January 8, 2020

Space Debris Remains Ongoing Concern for Landsat, Other Satellites

Space, it turns out, can be a messy place.

Sixty years of manned and unmanned space flight have left a cosmic junkyard circling the planet. From spent boosters to the detritus of defunct satellites, collisions, and explosions, there are countless potential cataclysms waiting to happen as space debris travels at relative velocities approaching 18,000 miles per hour.

Date published: January 2, 2020

AVHRR Played Key Role in Influencing Trajectory of EROS Science

A few months back, in the fall of 2019, a handful of current and former staffers from the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center met at a gathering spot in Sioux Falls to remember an old friend.

Date published: December 24, 2019

A Decade from Above: Landsat Imagery from the 2010s

Another decade has come and gone.

The decade of the 2010s was a monumental one for the Landsat program, marking the first full decade of free and open data, the launch of Landsat 8, the release of...

Date published: December 13, 2019

Landsat, EROS Factor Heavily in New National Policy Plan for Earth Observation

The Landsat program and the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center have long held and important place in the nation’s Earth observation (EO) policy.

Date published: December 11, 2019

Meet the USGS Landsat Project Scientist and Landsat Science Team Co-Chair

Christopher “Chris” Crawford likes to say his roles with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) as a research physical scientist, the Landsat Project Scientist, and co-chair of the Landsat Science Team are akin to staring down a foot of snow on the driveway.

Date published: December 4, 2019

Landsat, Collections Forum Updates Missions, Products, and Future Possibilities

EROS officials used a noon forum on Monday (Dec. 2) to provide high-level updates on multiple Landsat fronts—from progress on the building of Landsat 9 and its ground system to the status of existing Landsat satellites, the work of the Architecture Study Team on...

Date published: November 27, 2019

Combining Remotely Sensed and Field Data to Investigate Pre- and Post-fire Vegetation Changes

Understanding the factors that influence vegetation responses to disturbance is important because vegetation is the foundation of food resources, wildlife habitat, and ecosystem properties and processes.

Date published: November 22, 2019

Global Study Finds Algal Blooms Intensifying in Freshwater Lakes Worldwide

A study of global freshwater algal blooms funded in part by a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Landsat Science Team (LST) Award has found that harmful blooms showing up more and more in various U.S. cities are intensifying in lakes worldwide as well.

Date published: November 19, 2019

International Cooperators Find Value, Collaboration in Joining Landsat Network

Landsat’s eyes in the sky captured a riveting story of rebirth across Australia’s central deserts this past spring of 2019.

Floodwaters from Queensland in north Australia killed an estimated 500,000 cattle and inundated homes before draining to the south, cascading over riverbanks and spilling across the floodplains toward the country’s lowest point at Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre.