Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center

Publications

Below is a list of of the most recent EROS peer-reviewed scientific papers, reports, fact sheets, and other publications. You can search all our publication holdings by type, topic, year, and order. After selecting any set of these criteria, click "Apply Filter" to view the search results.

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Year Published: 2020

Land change monitoring, assessment, and projection

There is a pressing need to monitor and understand the rapid land change happening around the world. The U.S. Geological Survey is developing a new capability, called Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection (LCMAP), to innovate the understanding of land change. This capability is the Earth Resources Observation and Science Center's...

Rover, Jennifer; Brown, Jesslyn F.; Auch, Roger F.; Sayler, Kristi L.; Sohl, Terry L.; Tollerud, Heather J.; Xian, George Z.
Rover, J., Brown, J.F., Auch, R.F., Sayler, K.L., Sohl, T.L., Tollerud, H.J., and Xian, G.Z., 2020, Land change monitoring, assessment, and projection: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020–3024, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20203024.

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Gap fill of Land surface temperature and reflectance products in Analysis Ready Data

The recently released Landsat Analysis Ready Data (ARD) over the United States provides the opportunity to investigate landscape dynamics using dense time series observations at 30-m resolution. However, the dataset often contains data gaps (or missing data) because of cloud contamination or data acquisition strategy. We present a new algorithm...

Zhou, Qiang; Xian, George Z.; Shi, Hua

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Operational global actual evapotranspiration: Development, evaluation, and dissemination

Satellite-based actual evapotranspiration (ETa) is becoming increasingly reliable and available for various water management and agricultural applications from water budget studies to crop performance monitoring. The Operational Simplified Surface Energy Balance (SSEBop) model is currently used by the US Geological Survey (USGS) Famine Early...

Senay, Gabriel; Kagone, Stefanie; Velpuri, Naga M.

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Conterminous United States land cover change patterns 2001–2016 from the 2016 National Land Cover Database

The 2016 National Land Cover Database (NLCD) product suite (available on www.mrlc.gov), includes Landsat-based, 30 m resolution products over the conterminous (CONUS) United States (U.S.) for land cover, urban imperviousness, and tree, shrub, herbaceous and bare ground fractional percentages. The release of NLCD 2016 provides important new...

Homer, Collin G.; Dewitz, Jon; Jin, Suming; Xian, George Z.; Costello, Catherine; Danielson, Patrick; Gass, Leila; Funk, Michelle; Wickham, James; Stehman, Steven; Auch, Roger F.; Riitters, Kurt H.

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Characterizing land surface phenology and exotic annual grasses in dryland ecosystems using Landsat and Sentinel-2 data in harmony

Invasive annual grasses, such as cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum L.), have proliferated in dryland ecosystems of the western United States, promoting increased fire activity and reduced biodiversity that can be detrimental to socio-environmental systems. Monitoring exotic annual grass cover and dynamics over large areas requires the use of remote...

Pastick, Neal; Dahal, Devendra; Wylie, Bruce K.; Parajuli, Sujan; Boyte, Stephen P.; Wu, Zhuoting

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Year Published: 2020

The NASA hydrological forecast system for food and water security applications

Many regions in Africa and the Middle East are vulnerable to drought and to water and food insecurity, motivating agency efforts such as the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS NET) to provide early warning of drought events in the region. Each year these warnings guide life-saving...

Arsenault, Kristi; Shukla, Shraddhanand; Hazra, Abheera; Getirana, Agusto; McNally, Amy; Kumar, Sujay; Koster, Randal; Peters-Lidard, Christa; Zaitchik, Ben; Badr, Hamada; Jung, Hahn Chul; Narapusetty, Bala; Navari, Mahdi; Wang, Shugong; Mocko, David M.; Funk, Chris; Harrison, Laura; Husak, Gregory J.; Adoum, Alkhalil; Galu, Gideon; Magadzire, Tamuka; Roningen, Jeanne; Shaw, Michael J.; Eylander, John; Bergaoui, Karim; McDonnell, Rachael A.; Verdin, James

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Training data selection for annual land cover classification for the LCMAP initiative

The U.S. Geological Survey’s Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection (LCMAP) initiative characterizes changes in land cover, use, and condition with the goal of producing land change information that improves understanding of the earth system and provides insight into the impacts of land change on society. For LCMAP, all available high-...

Zhou, Qiang; Tollerud, Heather J.; Barber, Christopher; Smith, Kelcy; Zelenak, Daniel J.

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Quantifying human-induced temperature impacts on the 2018 United States Four Corners drought

Human-induced (HI) warming increased Four Corners’ air temperatures by between +1.3 and +2°C, increasing vapor pressure deficits and reducing NDVI by ~16-30%. Without HI warming, March SWE would have been higher by ~20%.

Williams, Emily; Funk, Chris; Shukla, Shraddhanand; McEvoy, Daniel

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Quantifying western U.S. rangelands as fractional components with landsat

Quantifying western U.S. rangelands as a series of fractional components with remote sensing provides a new way to understand these changing ecosystems. Nine rangeland ecosystem components, including percent shrub, sagebrush (Artemisia), big sagebrush, herbaceous, annual herbaceous, litter, and bare ground cover, along with sagebrush and shrub...

Rigge, Matthew B.; Homer, Collin G.; Cleeves, Lauren; Meyer, Debra K.; Bunde, Brett; Shi, Hua; Xian, George Z.; Bobo, Matthew R

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Evaluation of hydrologic impact of an irrigation curtailment program in the Upper Klamath Lake Basin using Landsat satellite data

Upper Klamath Lake (UKL) is the source of the Klamath river that flows through southern Oregon and northern California. The UKL basin is home to two endangered species and provides water for 81,000+ ha (200,000+ acres) of irrigation on the United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) Klamath Project located downstream of the UKL basin. Irrigated...

Velpuri, Naga Manohar ; Senay, Gabriel; Schauer, Matthew ; Garcia, C. Amanda; Singh, Ramesh ; Friedrichs, MacKenzie; Bohms, Stefanie; Haynes, Jonathan V.; Conlon, Terrence D.

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Inundation exposure assessment for Majuro Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands using a high-accuracy digital elevation model

Majuro Atoll in the central Pacific has high coastal vulnerability due to low-lying islands, rising sea level, high wave events, eroding shorelines, a dense population center, and limited freshwater resources. Land elevation is the primary geophysical variable that determines exposure to inundation in coastal settings. Accordingly, coastal...

Gesch, Dean B.; Palaseanu-Lovejoy, Monica; Danielson, Jeffrey J.; Fletcher, Charles; Kottermair, Maria; Barbee, Matthew; Jalandoni, Andrea

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Year Published: 2019

Earth as art 6

Earth has a stunning variety of landscapes. The colors, patterns, textures, and shapes all make for intriguing artwork as seen from the perspective of space.Earth As Art shows not only what satellites capture in the visible wavelengths of light you and I can see, but also what’s hiding in the invisible wavelengths that Landsat sensors can detect...

U.S. Geological Survey, 2019, Earth as art 6—A unique and unconventional perspective of the Earth’s geographic attributes: U.S. Geological Survey General Information Product 194, 42 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/gip194.