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: 2016

Topobathymetric elevation model development using a new methodology: Coastal National Elevation Database

During the coming decades, coastlines will respond to widely predicted sea-level rise, storm surge, and coastalinundation flooding from disastrous events. Because physical processes in coastal environments are controlled by the geomorphology of over-the-land topography and underwater bathymetry, many applications of geospatial data in coastal...

Danielson, Jeffrey J.; Poppenga, Sandra K.; Brock, John C.; Evans, Gayla A.; Tyler, Dean J.; Gesch, Dean B.; Thatcher, Cindy A.; Barras, John
Danielson, J.J., Poppenga, S.K., Brock, J.C., Evans, G.A., Tyler, D.J., Gesch, D.B., Thatcher, C.A., and Barras, J.A., 2016, Topobathymetric elevation model development using a new methodology—Coastal National Elevation Database: Journal of Coastal Research, SI no. 76, p. 75–89, at http://dx.doi.org/10.2112/SI76-008.

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Evaluating new SMAP soil moisture for drought monitoring in the rangelands of the US High Plains

Level 3 soil moisture datasets from the recently launched Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite are evaluated for drought monitoring in rangelands.Validation of SMAP soil moisture (SSM) with in situ and modeled estimates showed high level of agreement.SSM showed the highest correlation with surface soil moisture (0-5 cm) and a strong...

Velpuri, Naga Manohar; Senay, Gabriel B.; Morisette, Jeffrey T.
Velpuri, N. M., Senay, G. B., & Morisette, J. T. (2016). Evaluating New SMAP Soil Moisture for Drought Monitoring in the Rangelands of the US High Plains. Rangelands, 38(4), 183-190.

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Hydropower assessment of Bolivia—A multisource satellite data and hydrologic modeling approach

This study produced a geospatial database for use in a decision support system by the Bolivian authorities to investigate further development and investment potentials in sustainable hydropower in Bolivia. The study assessed theoretical hydropower of all 1-kilometer (km) stream segments in the country using multisource satellite data and a...

Velpuri, Naga Manohar; Pervez, Shahriar; Cushing, W. Matthew
Velpuri, N.M., Pervez, M.S., and Cushing, W.M., 2016, Hydropower assessment of Bolivia—A multisource satellite data and hydrologic modeling approach: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016–1156, 65 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161156.

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Optimizing selection of training and auxiliary data for operational land cover classification for the LCMAP initiative

The U.S. Geological Survey’s Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection (LCMAP) initiative is a new end-to-end capability to continuously track and characterize changes in land cover, use, and condition to better support research and applications relevant to resource management and environmental change. Among the LCMAP product suite are...

Zhu, Zhe; Gallant, Alisa L.; Woodcock, Curtis; Pengra, Bruce; Olofsson, Pontus; Loveland, Thomas R.; Jin, Suming; Dahal, Devendra; Yang, Limin; Auch, Roger F.
Zhu, Z., Gallant, A.L., Woodcock, C.E., Pengra, B., Olofsson, P., Loveland, T.R., Jin, S., Dahal, D., Yang, L., Auch, R.F., 2016, Optimizing selection of training and auxiliary data for operational land cover classification for the LCMAP initiative: ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, v. 122, p. 206-221.

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Perspectives on monitoring gradual change across the continuity of Landsat sensors using time-series data

There are many types of changes occurring over the Earth's landscapes that can be detected and monitored using Landsat data. Here we focus on monitoring “within-state,” gradual changes in vegetation in contrast with traditional monitoring of “abrupt” land-cover conversions. Gradual changes result from a variety of processes, such as vegetation...

Vogelmann, James; Gallant, Alisa L.; Shi, Hua; Zhu, Zhe

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Grassland and cropland net ecosystem production of the U.S. Great Plains: Regression tree model development and comparative analysis

This paper presents the methodology and results of two ecological-based net ecosystem production (NEP) regression tree models capable of up scaling measurements made at various flux tower sites throughout the U.S. Great Plains. Separate grassland and cropland NEP regression tree models were trained using various remote sensing data and other...

Wylie, Bruce K.; Howard, Daniel; Dahal, Devendra; Gilmanov, Tagir; Ji, Lei; Zhang, Li; Smith, Kelcy
Wylie, B.K., Howard, D.M., Dahal, D., Gilmanov, T.G., Ji, L., Zhang, L., and Smith, K., 2016, Grassland and cropland net ecosystem production of the U.S. Great Plains: Regression tree model development and comparative analysis: Remote Sensing, v. 8, no. 11, article number 944, at http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/rs8110944

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An optimal sample data usage strategy to minimize overfitting and underfitting effects in regression tree models based on remotely-sensed data

Regression tree models have been widely used for remote sensing-based ecosystem mapping. Improper use of the sample data (model training and testing data) may cause overfitting and underfitting effects in the model. The goal of this study is to develop an optimal sampling data usage strategy for any dataset and identify an appropriate number of...

Gu, Yingxin; Wylie, Bruce K.; Boyte, Stephen P.; Picotte, Joshua J.; Howard, Danny; Smith, Kelcy; Nelson, Kurtis
Gu, Yingxin; Wylie, Bruce K.; Boyte, Stephen P.; Picotte, Joshua; Howard, Daniel M.; Smith, Kelcy; Nelson, Kurtis J. 2016. "An Optimal Sample Data Usage Strategy to Minimize Overfitting and Underfitting Effects in Regression Tree Models Based on Remotely-Sensed Data." Remote Sens. 8, no. 11: 943.

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Year Published: 2016

A cellular automata downscaling based 1 km global land use datasets (2010–2100)

Global climate and environmental change studies require detailed land-use and land-cover(LULC) information about the past, present, and future. In this paper, we discuss a methodology for downscaling coarse-resolution (i.e., half-degree) future land use scenarios to finer (i.e., 1 km) resolutions at the global scale...

Li, Xuecao; Yu, Le; Sohl, Terry L.; Clinton, Nicholas; Li, Wenyu; Zhu, Zhiliang; Liu, Xiaoping; Gong, Peng

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Differential heating in the Indian Ocean differentially modulates precipitation in the Ganges and Brahmaputra Basins

This dataset provides an assessment of the differential heating in the Indian Ocean (IO) and the subsequent modulation of the Ganges and Brahmaputra precipitation. Indo-Pacific sea surface temperature dynamics play a prominent role in Asian summer monsoon variability. Using 28 years of remote sensing observations, we demonstrate that (i) the...

Pervez, Shahriar; Henebry, Geoffrey M.
Pervez, M.S., and Henebry, G.M., 2016, Differential heating in the Indian Ocean differentially modulates precipitation in the Ganges and Brahmaputra basins: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://dx.doi.org/10.5066/F77P8WH6.

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Effect of land cover change on snow free surface albedo across the continental United States

Land cover changes (e.g., forest to grassland) affect albedo, and changes in albedo can influence radiative forcing (warming, cooling). We empirically tested albedo response to land cover change for 130 locations across the continental United States using high resolution (30 m-×-30 m) land cover change data and moderate resolution (~...

Wickham, J.; Nash, M.S.; Barnes, Christopher A.
Wickham J, Nash MS, Barnes CA (2016). Effect of land cover change on snow free surface albedo across the continental United States. Global and Planetary Change 146:1-9

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Landsat 8: The plans, the reality, and the legacy

Landsat 8, originally known as the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), is a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)-U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) partnership that continues the legacy of continuous moderate resolution observations started in 1972. The conception of LDCM to the reality of Landsat 8 followed an arduous path...

Loveland, Thomas R.; Irons, James R.

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Spatial prediction of wheat Septoria leaf blotch (Septoria tritici) disease severity in central Ethiopia

A number of studies have reported the presence of wheat septoria leaf blotch (Septoria tritici; SLB) disease in Ethiopia. However, the environmental factors associated with SLB disease, and areas under risk of SLB disease, have not been studied. Here, we tested the hypothesis that environmental variables can adequately explain observed SLB disease...

Wakie, Tewodros; Kumar, Sunil; Senay, Gabriel; Takele, Abera; Lencho, Alemu