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, 2020

Satellite Data Show Promise as Guide for West African Crop Insurance

The Green Revolution has yet to spread across West Africa.

Much of the region relies on low-yielding, drought-resistant crops like sorghum and millet, some five decades after high-yield seeds, fertilizers and precision agriculture began to boost production across much of the planet.

Date published: September 11, 2020

Landsat Science Team Member: Satellites Can Play Greater Role in Informing Global Policies

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that scientists and engineers are constantly pushing the envelope to improve remote-sensing data and their utility, says Matt Hansen, a Landsat Science Team (LST) member and professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland in College Park.

Date published: September 4, 2020

New Edition of JACIE Remote Sensing Compendium Released for 2020

The USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center and its Joint Agency Commercial Imagery Evaluation (JACIE) partners have just released the second edition of the JACIE land remote sensing satellite compendium.

Date published: September 3, 2020

Fire Footprints stretch Across California, Colorado

The accumulated wildfires engulfing miles of California countryside in the late summer of 2020 are historic in their collective size: more than 500 fires burning across hundreds of thousands of acres.

Date published: August 25, 2020

Lunar Calibration with Landsat

The next full moon will come on September 2, 2020. And when you look up to see it, so will Landsat 8. As probably the most accurate Earth imaging satellite system, Landsat has multiple ways of calibrating data to ensure its accuracy and interoperability with other satellites. One of the strategies the calibration engineers use is lunar calibration.

Date published: August 17, 2020

Landsat 7 Flight Operations Team Celebrates Eight Straight Years of No Operator Errors

The U.S. Geological Survey’s Landsat 7 Flight Operations Team achieved nothing less than a major milestone in mid-July of 2020. For eight straight years, they had not one operator error. Not one.

Date published: August 4, 2020

Research Grade Evaluation Offers Path to Advancement, Scientific Leadership

Scientific research, development, and operations meant to help manage Earth’s natural resources are the bread and butter of work done at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center.

Date published: August 4, 2020

Organizational Science and the Role of Research and Development

This is the first of a two-part series on the role of Research Grade Evaluation (RGE) scientists at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center.

Date published: August 3, 2020

Rangeland Mapping Tools Takes Users Back in Time Across Western U.S.

The USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center and Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management have just released an interactive web viewer that puts 33 years of information on the rangelands of the Western U.S. within reach of anyone with an Internet connection.

Date published: July 29, 2020

LANDFIRE Remap Marks Major Improvements for Essential Resource Management Dataset

Rick Stratton of the USDA Forest Service remembers life before LANDFIRE.

A fire would ignite, setting Stratton and his fellow fire analysts to work gathering data on slope, elevation, weather conditions and vegetation types in hopes of modeling where the fire might go and how large it might get.

Date published: July 28, 2020

USGS-University of Montana Data Layer Plays Critical Role in Western Governors' New Toolkit for Invasive Grass Management

An unprecedented collaboration between USGS and University of Montana researchers to produce a data layer showing where invasive grasses threaten rangelands in the West is playing a critical role in a new management “toolkit” launched by the Western Governors’ Association (WGA).

Date published: July 27, 2020

NLCD Readies Improvements for Upcoming Release of 2019 Product Suite

The next edition of the National Land Cover Database (NLCD) will appear more quickly than previous editions, offer accuracy comparable to NLCD 2016, and include previously-unreleased historical information on imperious urban surfaces.