National Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive

Science Center Objects

The National Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive offers long-term preservation and access for natural resource management, national hazards mitigation, and environmental studies.

Landsat satellite image of Tampa Bay, Florida

Landsat image of Tampa Bay, Florida, taken on March 22, 1991. Landsat TM satellite imagery Bands 7, 2, and 1; processed at Center for Coastal Geology, St. Petersburg, Florida.

The National Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive (NSLRSDA) resides at the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. Through the Land Remote Sensing Policy Act of 1992, the U.S. Congress directed the Department of the Interior (DOI) to establish a permanent Government archive containing satellite remote sensing data of the Earth's land surface and to make this data easily accessible and readily available. This unique DOI/USGS archive provides a comprehensive, permanent, and impartial observational record of the planet's land surface obtained throughout more than five decades of satellite remote sensing. Satellite-derived data and information products are primary sources used to detect and understand changes such as deforestation, desertification, agricultural crop vigor, water quality, invasive plant species, and certain natural hazards such as flood extent and wildfire scars.

Selection Criteria

Data Archive Reports

EROS Monthly - Digital

EROS Monthly - Film

EROS Monthly - XML

2018-2019 Data Volume

2018-2019 Products

Records Management - Policy and Law

Land Remote Sensing Policy Act of 1992

USGS EROS Collection Policy

USGS EROS Data Transfer Policies

Records Management - Tools

Appraisal Tool

Archive Media Trade Studies

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Records Management - Information

NARA Records Management

USGS Records Management 

USGS EROS Records Management Plan