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: September 16, 2021

Landsat Enables Mapping of Fire Histories Across Florida

Wildfires tend to dominate headlines. Prescribed burns, also known as controlled burns, get less attention, but they’re certainly not uncommon—especially in the Southeast.

Date published: September 2, 2021

Landsat Advisory Group Offers Guidance on Potential Revisions to 1992 Land Remote Sensing Policy Act

Satellite technology and the remote sensing community as a whole have evolved significantly since the passage of the 1992 Land Remote Sensing Policy Act.

Date published: August 11, 2021

LANDFIRE’S MoD-FIS Product Gives Hints of 2021 Fire Trends

A crystal ball sure seems like it would come in handy during fire seasons, showing exactly where and when a fire might roar through and how large it could be.

Science can’t give us all the details, but it can give us models to indicate where a fire might really take off or where it might be easily contained in a given year.

Date published: August 5, 2021

EROS Plays Part in USGS Outreach to Native American Students

You might not think a pandemic would be the ideal time to connect college students with scientists touting career opportunities at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

You also might not think the USGS would consider it a win if those same students later felt inspired to do similar work closer to home.

Date published: July 30, 2021

Landsat Science Team Hears Plans for Landsat 9 Launch

Landsat 9 is in the final stages of launch preparation.


Date published: July 28, 2021

Pecora 22 Call for Special Session Proposals

The 22nd William T. Pecora Memorial Remote Sensing Symposium (Pecora 22) will be held October 23 – 28, 2022 in Denver, Colorado, USA.

Date published: July 27, 2021

Midwestern Roots tie Landsat Mural Artist to USGS EROS Center

Lompoc, California and the Landsat program have a long and storied history.

All eight Landsat satellites have launched from the military installation now known as Vandenberg Space Force Base (SFB), which will soon host the ascent of Landsat 9. 

Date published: July 20, 2021

New Land Cover Maps Capture Nearly Two Decades of Change Across the U.S.

The U.S. Geological Survey recently released updated land cover maps for the conterminous United States that depict 18 years of change to the Nation’s landscapes. New maps comparing the 2001 to 2019 National Land Cover Databases show that more than 10 percent of land cover in the Lower 48 states changed during that time, largely in forested areas.

Date published: July 9, 2021

Examples of How Landsat Supports Great Lakes Restoration

Thousands of years ago, the receding Laurentide Ice Sheet gave North America a gift: five large lakes.

Date published: July 8, 2021

Study of California Blue Oak Decline During Drought Draws Interest

A study published June 29, 2021 in the journal Frontiers in Climate, titled “Hotter Drought Escalates Tree Cover Declines in Blue Oak Woodlands of California,” by four EROS scientists, already has been attracting attention.

Date published: June 18, 2021

Land Use Models from EROS Offer Insight, Management Guidance for Delaware River Basin

In the mid-1960s, the city of Philadelphia faced a potential public health crisis.