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: November 24, 2020

A Tribute to Dr. Michael Freilich

The USGS lost a good friend and partner earlier this year – Dr. Michael Freilich, former Director of NASA’s Earth Science Division. The renaming of an international Sentinel 6 Earth observing satellite mission in his honor, and its successful launch on November 21, 2020, was a fitting tribute to his life and legacy.

Date published: November 18, 2020

Renowned Remote-Sensing Expert Details the Power, Potential of Time Series

When it comes to understanding the changing planet, or simply managing natural resources in a more efficient manner, Dr. Curtis Woodcock says the power of Landsat times series shouldn’t be underestimated.

Date published: November 18, 2020

Land Cover Partnership Releases Change Datasets for U.S., Mexico, Canada

The release of a change dataset for North America’s three largest countries will enable GIS researchers to more easily study continent-scale land use patterns that cross international borders.

Date published: November 13, 2020

Newly Released Elevation Dataset Highlights Value, Importance of International Partnerships

A new, freely-available digital elevation dataset born of international collaboration has the potential to improve the quality of Landsat and Sentinel satellite data, bolster interoperability across a wide range of satellite systems, and will offer immediate benefits to elevation modeling both within and outside the USGS.

Date published: November 12, 2020

LANDFIRE Remap for Hawaii Promises New Detail, Insight on Unique Island Landscapes

The fires of Hawaii don’t follow the rules of their continental counterparts. There are fire risk factors at play in the island chain that states like California or Arizona simply don’t deal with.

Date published: October 27, 2020

EROS Offers Two Postdoctoral Land Change Fellowships for 2021

The USGS Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection (LCMAP) initiative is offering two Mendenhall Fellowships to improve its land change products.

Date published: October 26, 2020

The International Charter: 20 Years of Disaster Monitoring

The latest “Eyes on Earth” podcast is about the 20th anniversary of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters, a global organization made up of 17 member agencies, including the USGS, that provides free of cost satellite imagery for National Disaster Management Agencies to deal with...

Date published: October 21, 2020

Doucette Promotes Parallels to LCMAP, Capacity Building in Talks About EarthMAP

EROS Integrated Science and Applications Branch Chief Pete Doucette has been talking to groups about the Earth Monitoring, Analyses, and Prediction initiative (EarthMAP) as part of his outreach interests, emphasizing several important themes when he does.

Date published: September 30, 2020

MoD-FIS Brings Seasonal Fine Fuels Information to Wildland Fire Management

In roughly 50 percent of New Mexico, Arizona, and west Texas, wildfires that burn across hard-baked desert landscapes need annual/invasive herbaceous and other fine fuels to drive them.

Date published: September 28, 2020

Miglarese, Radiant Earth Advocate for Benefits of Open Training Datasets

Anne Hale Miglarese has a simple mantra when it comes to gathering and using training data for remote sensing.

Collect it once, the founder of the nonprofit Radiant Earth Foundation, says. Then use it many times.

Date published: September 21, 2020

Agencies Announce Bold Initiative to Fill Water Management Data Gap in Western U.S.

A bold new initiative called OpenET that is intended to fill the biggest data gap in water management in the western U.S. was announced Tuesday, Sept. 15, by a unique public-private partnership of Federal agencies, universities, environmental groups, and water managers and farmers.

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.