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: May 16, 2019

Famine Early Warning Systems Network, EROS Join Forces Against Global Hunger

In March 1993, South African photographer Kevin Carter captured an iconic image near the village of Ayod in southern Sudan that made the world weep.

Through the camera lens, a vulture watched as an emaciated child languished in the dirt on her way to a feeding station—an photograph that became a metaphor for famine and despair in Africa.

Date published: May 15, 2019

Landsat Collection 2 Summary, Sample Metadata Now Available

With the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) putting the finishing touches on its Landsat Collection 2 product, it’s taking several steps to ensure that the Landsat user community has sufficient time to augment its current Landsat Collection-based data processing flow.

Date published: May 9, 2019

EROS, AVHRR Help Kansas Remote Sensing Program Tell Country’s Vegetation Story

In the spring of 1996, the Kansas Applied Remote Sensing (KARS) program on the campus of Kansas University started chronicling the greening and browning of America.

Date published: May 7, 2019

Loria Favors Collaboration and Diversity as Director of EROS

CJ Loria didn’t have the smoothest transition into his role as the new Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center director.

He had been on the job less than two weeks when the government shut down for 35 days, starting Dec. 22, 2018. Then the dogs of winter—the wind, the snow, the cold—came howling, filling him with visions of his life back in Louisiana very quickly.

Date published: April 11, 2019

LCMAP Captures ‘Stories of Change’ with New Datasets

If a new homeowner wants to know the history of their abode, there are places to turn.

County offices list ownership details and building permits, showing the dates of additions, fences and the like. If the house is old enough, local historical societies may even have archived photographs of the home’s exterior at various points in time.

Date published: April 10, 2019

Level-3 Products Provide Land Cover Gold in Landsat Data Mining

When it comes to mining remotely sensed data, Landsat Level-3 science products offer what some might call land cover gold.

Date published: April 8, 2019

They Call Him ‘Gus’: EROS’ Newest Director Brings Diverse Background to the Job

Christopher Joseph (CJ) Loria brings a fascinating back story—and a quiet, collaborative leadership philosophy—to his role as the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center’s newest director.

Date published: April 8, 2019

New Landsat Level-3 Science Product Uncovers Changes in Surface Water

When wetlands are drying up, endangering the habitat of a threatened species, aquatic ecologists and resource managers want and need to know that. A new USGS science product is helping to provide them that information.

Date published: April 8, 2019

Level-3 Fractional Snow Covered Area Product Furthers Snow, Glacier Research

When it comes to studying snow and ice across the American landscape, Landsat’s niche is clear, says Research Geographer David Selkowitz with the USGS Nevada Water Science Center.

Date published: April 8, 2019

Level-3 Burned Area Product Saves Preprocessing Time, Answers Fire Questions

A new Landsat Level-3 science product that tracks the presence of burned areas in Landsat imagery today and back through the satellite system’s decades-old history promises to answer a lot of questions for fire scientists and land managers.

Date published: April 2, 2019

NASA LP DAAC Provides Important Assistance to ECOSTRESS Mission

A NASA science space mission measuring the temperature of plants to help study how they respond to water shortages is getting an important assist from NASA’s Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC) at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center.