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

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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Year Published: 2020

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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Disentangling the potential effects of land-use and climate change on stream conditions

Land‐use and climate change are significantly affecting stream ecosystems, yet understanding of their long‐term impacts is hindered by the few studies that have simultaneously investigated their interaction and high variability among future projections. We modeled possible effects of a suite of 2030, 2060, and 2090 land‐use and climate scenarios...

Maloney, Kelly O.; Krause, Kevin P.; Buchanan, Claire; Hay, Lauren; McCabe, Gregory J.; Smith, Zachary M.; Sohl, Terry L.; Young, John A.

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Year Published: 2020

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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Estimating abiotic thresholds for sagebrush condition class in the western United States

Sagebrush ecosystems of the western United States can transition from extended periods of relatively stable conditions to rapid ecological change if acute disturbances occur. Areas dominated by native sagebrush can transition from species-rich native systems to altered states where non-native annual grasses dominate, if resistance to annual...

Boyte, Stephen P.; Wylie, Bruce K.; Gu, Yingxin; Major, Donald J.

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Calibrating geosynchronous and polar orbiting satellites: Sharing best practices

Earth remote sensing optical satellite systems are often divided into two categories—geosynchronous and sun-synchronous. Geosynchronous systems essentially rotate with the Earth and continuously observe the same region of the Earth. Sun-synchronous systems are generally in a polar orbit and view differing regions of the Earth at the same local...

Helder, Dennis; Doelling, David; Bhatt, Rajendra; Choi, Taeyoung; Barsi, Julia A.

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Year Published: 2020

Observations and recommendations for coordinated calibration activities of government and commercial optical satellite systems

One of the biggest changes in the world of optical remote sensing over the last several years is the sheer increase in the number of sensors that are imaging the Earth in moderate to high spatial resolution. With respect to the calibration of these sensors, they are broadly classified into two types, namely government systems and commercial...

Helder, Dennis; Anderson, Cody; Beckett, Keith; Houborg, Rasmus; Zuleta, Ignacio; Boccia, Valentina; Clerc, Sebastian; Kuester, Michele; Brian Markham; Pagnutti, M.

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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.

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Year Published: 2019

Using out-of-sample yield forecast experiments to evaluate which earth observation products best indicate end of season maize yields

In East Africa, accurate grain yield predictions can help save lives and protect livelihoods. Regional grain yield forecasts can inform decisions regarding the availability and prices of key staples, food aid, and large humanitarian responses. Here, we use earth observation (EO) products to develop and evaluate subnational grain yield forecasts...

Davenport, Frank; Harrison, Laura; Shukla, Shraddhanand; Husak, Gregory; Funk, Chris; McNally, Amy

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Year Published: 2019

Validating a landsat time-series of fractional component cover across western U.S. Rangelands

Western U.S. rangelands have been quantified as six fractional cover (0%–100%) components over the Landsat archive (1985–2018) at a 30 m resolution, termed the “Back-in-Time” (BIT) dataset. Robust validation through space and time is needed to quantify product accuracy. Here, we used field data collected concurrently with high-resolution satellite...

Rigge, Matthew B.; Homer, Collin G.; Shi, Hua; Meyer, Debra K.