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

Landsat 8 six spectral band data and MODIS NDVI data for assessing the optimal regression tree models

In this study, we developed a method that identifies an optimal sample data usage strategy and rule numbers that minimize over- and underfitting effects in regression tree mapping models. A LANDFIRE tile (r04c03, located mainly in northeastern Nevada), which is a composite of multiple Landsat 8 scenes for a target date, was selected for the study...

Gu, Yingxin; Wylie, Bruce K.; Boyte, Stephen
Gu, Yingxin, Wylie, B.K., and Boyte, S.P., 2016, Landsat 8 six spectral band data and MODIS NDVI data for assessing the optimal regression tree models: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://dx.doi.org/10.5066/F7319T1P.

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Automatic delineation of seacliff limits using lidar-derived high-resolution DEMs in southern California

Seacliff erosion is a serious hazard with implications for coastal management and is often estimated using successive hand-digitized cliff tops or bases (toe) to assess cliff retreat. Even if efforts are made to standardize manual digitizing and eliminate subjectivity, the delineation of cliffs is time-consuming and depends on the analyst's...

Palaseanu-Lovejoy, Monica; Danielson, Jeffrey J.; Thatcher, Cindy A.; Foxgrover, Amy C.; Barnard, Patrick L.; Brock, John C.; Young, Adam

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Evaluating land cover influences on model uncertainties—A case study of cropland carbon dynamics in the Mid-Continent Intensive Campaign region

Quantifying spatial and temporal patterns of carbon sources and sinks and their uncertainties across agriculture-dominated areas remains challenging for understanding regional carbon cycles. Characteristics of local land cover inputs could impact the regional carbon estimates but the effect has not been fully evaluated in the past. Within the...

Li, Zhengpeng; Liu, Shuguang; Zhang, Xuesong; West, Tristram O.; Ogle, Stephen M.; Zhou, Naijun

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Enhanced canopy fuel mapping by integrating lidar data

BackgroundThe Wildfire Sciences Team at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Earth Resources Observation and Science Center produces vegetation type, vegetation structure, and fuel products for the United States, primarily through the Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools (LANDFIRE) program. LANDFIRE products are used across disciplines...

Peterson, Birgit E.; Nelson, Kurtis J.
Peterson, B.E., and Nelson, K.J., 2016, Enhanced canopy fuel mapping by integrating lidar data: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2015–3086, 2 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20153086.

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The Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC)

The Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC) operates as a partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey and is 1 of 12 DAACs within the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS). The LP DAAC ingests, archives, processes, and distributes NASA Earth science...

Golon, Danielle K.
Golon, D.K., 2016, The Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016–3070, 2 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20163070.

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Delineation of water bodies in emergent wetlands in coastal New Jersey

Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall on October 29, 2012, near Brigantine, New Jersey, had a significant impact on coastal New Jersey, including the large areas of emergent wetlands at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and the Barnegat Bay region. In response to Hurricane Sandy, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has developed new...

Thatcher, Cindy A.; Danielson, Jeffrey J.; Gesch, Dean B.; Worstell, Bruce B.
Thatcher, C.A., Danielson, J.J., Gesch, D.B. and Worstell, B.B., 2016, Delineation of Water Bodies in Emergent Wetlands in Coastal New Jersey: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://dx.doi.org/10.5066/F7M043J4.

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Forecasting climate change impacts on plant populations over large spatial extents

Plant population models are powerful tools for predicting climate change impacts in one location, but are difficult to apply at landscape scales. We overcome this limitation by taking advantage of two recent advances: remotely sensed, species-specific estimates of plant cover and statistical models developed for spatiotemporal dynamics of animal...

Tredennick, Andrew T.; Hooten, Mevin B.; Aldridge, Cameron L.; Homer, Collin G.; Kleinhesselink, Andrew R.; Adler, Peter B.

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Near-real-time cheatgrass percent cover in the Northern Great Basin, USA, 2015

Cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum L.) dramatically changes shrub steppe ecosystems in the Northern Great Basin, United States.Current-season cheatgrass location and percent cover are difficult to estimate rapidly.We explain the development of a near-real-time cheatgrass percent cover dataset and map in the Northern Great Basin for the current year (2015...

Boyte, Stephen P.; Wylie, Bruce K.
Boyte, Stephen P. and Bruce K. Wylie. Near-real-time cheatgrass percent cover in the Northern Great Basin, USA, 2015. Rangelands 38(5):278-284.

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Status and trends of land change in the Eastern United States—1973 to 2000

PrefaceU.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Professional Paper 1794–D is the fourth in a four-volume series on the status and trends of the Nation’s land use and land cover, providing an assessment of the rates and causes of land-use and land-cover change in the Eastern United States between 1973 and 2000. Volumes A, B, and C provide similar analyses for...

Sayler, Kristi L.; Acevedo, William; Taylor, Janis
Sayler, K.L., Acevedo, W., and Taylor, J.L., eds., 2016, Status and trends of land change in the Eastern United States—1973 to 2000: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1794–D, 195 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/pp1794D.

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Mapping marginal croplands suitable for cellulosic feedstock crops in the Great Plains, United States

Growing cellulosic feedstock crops (e.g., switchgrass) for biofuel is more environmentally sustainable than corn-based ethanol. Specifically, this practice can reduce soil erosion and water quality impairment from pesticides and fertilizer, improve ecosystem services and sustainability (e.g., serve as carbon sinks), and minimize impacts on global...

Gu, Yingxin; Wylie, Bruce K.

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Landsat-7 ETM+ radiometric calibration status

Now in its 17th year of operation, the Enhanced Thematic Mapper + (ETM+), on board the Landsat-7 satellite, continues to systematically acquire imagery of the Earth to add to the 40+ year archive of Landsat data. Characterization of the ETM+ on-orbit radiometric performance has been on-going since its launch in 1999. The radiometric calibration of...

Barsi, Julia A.; Markham, Brian L.; Czapla-Myers, J. S.; Helder, Dennis L.; Hook, Simon; Schott, John R.; Haque, Md. Obaidul

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Radiometric calibration updates to the Landsat collection

The Landsat Project is planning to implement a new collection management strategy for Landsat products generated at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. The goal of the initiative is to identify a collection of consistently geolocated and radiometrically calibrated images across the entire...

Micijevic, Esad; Haque, Md. Obaidul; Mishra, Nischal