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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: July 18, 2019

LCMAP Projects Possibilities for Future Land Cover Change

One of the key elements of the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) bold new Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection (LCMAP) initiative is its potential to project how land cover across the country may change in the future.

Date published: July 11, 2019

Improved Forecasting Tools Offer Early Warning for Drought

There are 2.2 million people in Somalia at risk for malnutrition this year.

The reasons are myriad, but the ravages of drought – crop failures, food shortages, spiking food prices - are primary drivers of that risk.

Date published: June 25, 2019

Water Consumption Work at EROS Important Asset to Colorado River Concerns

Western states looking at critical water shortages along the Colorado River got a reprieve this past April when President Trump approved legislation allowing the Interior Secretary—through the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR)—to oversee an updated water conservation plan along the river’s Lower Basin.

Date published: June 21, 2019

Disaster Management Training at EROS Prepares Volunteers for Duty

A deadly series of California wildfires set thousands of firefighters and first responders into action in late 2018.

Date published: June 19, 2019

Landsat Advisory Group Report Says Charging for Landsat Data Not Worth Economic, Societal Costs

Charging for Landsat data “would not be worth the economic, legal, societal or political costs that would be incurred,” and it makes more sense to investigate emerging proven technologies that could reduce the cost of Landsat missions, according to a report just released by the...

Date published: June 12, 2019

International Cooperators Honored with Permanent EROS Lobby Display

Landsat 9 mission updates and ground station preparation are among the major topics on the agenda for the scientists and engineers from 11 counties visiting Sioux Falls, SD this week for the annual meeting of the Landsat Technical Working Group (LTWG).

Date published: June 10, 2019

LCMAP to Lead Workshop at Pecora 21

The USGS Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection (LCMAP) team will lead a workshop at the joint meeting of the 21st William T. Pecora Memorial Remote Sensing Symposium (Pecora 21) and the 38th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE-38).

Date published: May 31, 2019

Coastal Storm Modeling System Relies on Elevation Data Provided by CoNED, EROS

With sea levels rising and storms increasingly threatening their shorelines and cliffs, officials in Southern California face some difficult decisions.

Date published: May 29, 2019

J.W. Powell’s Perilous River Expedition

May 24, 2019, marked the 150th anniversary of the beginning of John Wesley Powell’s ambitious expedition through the canyonlands of Utah, Colorado, and Arizona, including the Grand Canyon. Powell succeeded in recording some of the earliest known maps, data, topographic measurements, geology, and local Native American culture for much of the treacherous Colorado River.

Date published: May 24, 2019

New NLCD products to be folded into Esri software, Earth Engine

The National Land Cover Database (NLCD) 2016 product suite was recently released for bulk download on the Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics Consortium (MRLC) website. Users of ArcGIS and Google’s Earth Engine, however, will soon have web access to the data directly through their preferred platform.

Date published: May 23, 2019

Landsat ARD Now Part of AppEEARS’ Data Extraction Capability

LP DAAC Project Scientist Tom Maiersperger still remembers the question clearly, back five years or so ago, when NASA's Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC) at EROS was just starting to explore the idea of a new data extraction tool.

Date published: May 20, 2019

New Land Cover Maps Depict 15 Years of Change across America

Today, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released the latest edition of the National Land Cover Database (NLCD) for the U.S. – the most comprehensive land cover database that the USGS has ever produced. The NLCD 2016 documents land cover change in the Lower 48 states from 2001 to 2016. During this 15-year period, 7.6 percent of the conterminous U.S. changed land cover at least once.