Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center

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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: 2017

The landscapes of West Africa—40 years of change

What has driven changes in land use and land cover in West Africa over the past 40 years? What trends or patterns can be discerned in those changes? To answer these questions, the U.S. Geological Survey West Africa Land Use Dynamics project partnered with the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel and the U.S. Agency for...

Cotillon, Suzanne E.
Cotillon, S.E., 2017, The landscapes of West Africa—40 years of change: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2017–3005, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20173005.

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West Africa land use and land cover time series

Started in 1999, the West Africa Land Use Dynamics project represents an effort to map land use and land cover, characterize the trends in time and space, and understand their effects on the environment across West Africa. The outcome of the West Africa Land Use Dynamics project is the production of a three-time period (1975, 2000, and 2013) land...

Cotillon, Suzanne E.
Cotillon, S.E., 2017, West Africa land use and land cover time series: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2017–3004, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20173004.

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Mapping land cover through time with the Rapid Land Cover Mapper—Documentation and user manual

The Rapid Land Cover Mapper is an Esri ArcGIS® Desktop add-in, which was created as an alternative to automated or semiautomated mapping methods. Based on a manual photo interpretation technique, the tool facilitates mapping over large areas and through time, and produces time-series raster maps and associated statistics that characterize the...

Cotillon, Suzanne E.; Mathis, Melissa L.
Cotillon, S.E., and Mathis, M.L., 2017, Mapping land cover through time with the Rapid Land Cover Mapper—Documentation and user manual: U.S. Geological Survey Open File Report 2017–1012, 23 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171012.

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A land data assimilation system for sub-Saharan Africa food and water security applications

Seasonal agricultural drought monitoring systems, which rely on satellite remote sensing and land surface models (LSMs), are important for disaster risk reduction and famine early warning. These systems require the best available weather inputs, as well as a long-term historical record to contextualize current observations. This article introduces...

McNally, Amy; Arsenault, Kristi; Kumar, Sujay; Shukla, Shraddhanand; Peterson, Pete; Wang, Shugong; Funk, Chris; Peters-Lidard, Christa; Verdin, James
McNally A., Arsenault K., Kumar S., Shukla S., Peterson P., Wang S., Funk C., Peters-Lidard C.D., Verdin J.P. A Land Data Assimilation System for Food and Water Security Applications Scientific Data 4, Article number: 170012 (2017)

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Alaska LandCarbon wetland distribution map

This product provides regional estimates of specific wetland types (bog and fen) in Alaska. Available wetland types mapped by the National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) program were re-classed into bog, fen, and other. NWI mapping of wetlands was only done for a portion of the area so a decision tree mapping algorithm was then developed to estimate bog...

Wylie, Bruce K.; Pastick, Neal J.
Wylie, B.K., and Pastick, N.J., 2017, Alaska LandCarbon Wetland Distribution Map: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/F7SB43X2.

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Building the vegetation drought response index for Canada (VegDRI-Canada) to monitor agricultural drought: first results

Drought is a natural climatic phenomenon that occurs throughout the world and impacts many sectors of society. To help decision-makers reduce the impacts of drought, it is important to improve monitoring tools that provide relevant and timely information in support of drought mitigation decisions. Given that drought is a complex natural hazard...

Tadesse, Tsegaye; Champagne, Catherine; Wardlow, Brian D.; Hadwen, Trevor A.; Brown, Jesslyn F.; Demisse, Getachew B.; Bayissa, Yared A.; Davidson, Andrew M.
Tsegaye Tadesse, Catherine Champagne, Brian D. Wardlow, Trevor AHadwen, Jesslyn F. Brown, Getachew B. Demisse, Yared A. Bayissa & Andrew M. Davidson(2017) Building the vegetation drought response index for Canada (VegDRI-Canada) tomonitor agricultural drought: first results, GIScience & Remote Sensing, 54:2, 230-257

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Satellite-based water use dynamics using historical Landsat data (1984-2014) in the southwestern United States

Historical (1984-2014) Landsat-based ET maps were generated for Palo Verde Irrigation District (PVID) and eight other sub-basins in parts of Middle and Lower Central Valley, California. A total of 3,396 Landsat images were processed using the Operational Simplified Surface Energy balance (SSEBop) model that integrates weather and remotely sensed...

Senay, Gabriel; Schauer, Matthew; Friedrichs, MacKenzie O.; Velpuri, Naga Manohar; Singh, Ramesh K.
Senay, G.B., Schauer, Matthew, Friedrichs, MacKenzie, Velpuri, N.M., and Singh, R.K., 2017, Satellite-based Water Use Dynamics Using Historical Landsat Data (1984-2014) in the Southwestern United States: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/F7DF6PDR.

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Temporal expansion of annual crop classification layers for the CONUS using the C5 decision tree classifier

Crop cover maps have become widely used in a range of research applications. Multiple crop cover maps have been developed to suite particular research interests. The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Cropland Data Layers (CDL) are a series of commonly used crop cover maps for the conterminous United States (CONUS) that span from 2008...

Friesz, Aaron M.; Wylie, Bruce K.; Howard, Daniel M.
Temporal expansion of annual crop classification layers for the CONUS using the C5 decision tree classifier Aaron M. Friesz, Bruce K. Wylie & Daniel M. Howard Remote Sensing Letters Vol. 8 , Iss. 4,2017

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Year Published: 2016

Assessing North American multimodel ensemble (NMME) seasonal forecast skill to assist in the early warning of hydrometeorological extremes over East Africa

The skill of North American multimodel ensemble (NMME) seasonal forecasts in East Africa (EA), which encompasses one of the most food and water insecure areas of the world, is evaluated using deterministic, categorical, and probabilistic evaluation methods. The skill is estimated for all three primary growing seasons: March–May (MAM), July–...

Shukla, Shraddhanand; Roberts, Jason B.; Hoell. Andrew; Funk, Chris; Robertson, Franklin R.; Kirtmann, Benjamin

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Year Published: 2016

Depth calibration and validation of the Experimental Advanced Airborne Research Lidar, EAARL-B

The original National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Experimental Advanced Airborne Research Lidar (EAARL), was extensively modified to increase the spatial sampling density and improve performance in water ranging from 3–44 m. The new (EAARL-B) sensor features a 300% increase in spatial density, which was achieved by optically...

Wright, C. Wayne; Kranenburg, Christine; Battista, Timothy A.; Parrish, Christopher
Wright, C.W.; Kranenburg, C.; Battista, T.A., and Parrish, C., 2016. Depth calibration and validation of the Experimental Advanced Airborne Research Lidar, EAARL-B. In: Brock, J.C.; Gesch, D.B.; Parrish, C.E.; Rogers, J.N., and Wright, C.W. (eds.), Advances in Topobathymetric Mapping, Models, and Applications. Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue, No. 76, pp. 4–17. Coconut Creek (Florida), ISSN 0749-0208.

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Year Published: 2016

Introduction: Special issue on advances in topobathymetric mapping, models, and applications

Detailed knowledge of near-shore topography and bathymetry is required for many geospatial data applications in the coastal environment. New data sources and processing methods are facilitating development of seamless, regional-scale topobathymetric digital elevation models. These elevation models integrate disparate multi-sensor, multi-temporal...

Gesch, Dean B.; Brock, John C.; Parrish, Christopher E.; Rogers, Jeffrey N.; Wright, C. Wayne
Gesch, D.B., Brock, J.C., Parrish, C.E., Rogers, J.N., and Wright, C.W., 2016, Introduction—Special issue on advances in topobathymetric mapping, models, and applications: Journal of Coastal Research, SI no. 76, p. 1–3, at http://dx.doi.org/10.2112/SI76-001.

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Year Published: 2016

Hydrologic connectivity: Quantitative assessments of hydrologic-enforced drainage structures in an elevation model

Elevation data derived from light detection and ranging present challenges for hydrologic modeling as the elevation surface includes bridge decks and elevated road features overlaying culvert drainage structures. In reality, water is carried through these structures; however, in the elevation surface these features impede modeled overland surface...

Poppenga, Sandra K.; Worstell, Bruce B.
Poppenga, S.K., and Worstell, B.B., 2016, Hydrologic connectivity—Quantitative assessments of hydrologic-enforced drainage structures in an elevation model: Journal of Coastal Research, SI no. 76, p. 90–106, at http://dx.doi.org/10.2112/SI76-009.