EROS CalVal Center of Excellence (ECCOE)


Leveraging years of multi-scale optical system geometric and radiometric calibration and characterization experience, the EROS Cal/Val Center of Excellence (ECCOE) is a global leader in improving the accuracy, precision, and quality of remote sensing data.

ECCOE-Supported Projects

ECCOE Staff provide technical support to a number of USGS projects that are important in Earth Observation discovery and data characterization: 


ECCOE maintains the primary responsibility for radiometric and geometric characterization and calibration of the Landsat instruments and spacecrafts. The Joint Agency Commercial Imagery Evaluation (JACIE) team assesses the quality and capabilities of newly launched commercial high-resolution satellites. Requirements Capabilities & Analysis for Earth Observations (RCA-EO) works to understand user needs for Earth observation, measurement, and monitoring.



Lidar data and their derivative metrics are fundamental inputs to many areas of scientific research,  including flood, erosion, and coastal modeling. Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) allow for new opportunities for gathering data essential to land management and Earth science. The Test Site Catalog Contains worldwide calibration sites used for post launch characterization and calibration of space-based optical imaging sensors.




Date published: April 23, 2021

New Report Explains Landsat’s Role as ‘Gold Standard’ for Calibration

Landsat data have long been recognized for the quality and reliability of their calibration. A recent report puts a spotlight on that commitment to accuracy.

Date published: September 4, 2020

New Edition of JACIE Remote Sensing Compendium Released for 2020

The USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center and its Joint Agency Commercial Imagery Evaluation (JACIE) partners have just released the second edition of the JACIE land remote sensing satellite compendium.

Date published: August 25, 2020

Lunar Calibration with Landsat

The next full moon will come on September 2, 2020. And when you look up to see it, so will Landsat 8. As probably the most accurate Earth imaging satellite system, Landsat has multiple ways of calibrating data to ensure its accuracy and interoperability with other satellites. One of the strategies the calibration engineers use is lunar calibration.


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Year Published: 2021

Landsat 8 thermal infrared sensor scene select mechanism open loop operations

The Landsat 8 (L8) spacecraft and its two instruments, the operational land imager (OLI) and thermal infrared sensor (TIRS), have been consistently characterized and calibrated since its launch in February 2013. These performance metrics and calibration updates are determined through the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Landsat image...

Choate, Michael; Rengarajan, R.; Storey, James C.; Beckmann, Tim

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Landsat collection 2

Landsat Collections ensure that all Landsat Level-1 data are consistently calibrated and processed and retain traceability of data quality provenance. Landsat Collection 2 introduces improvements that harness recent advancements in data processing, algorithm development, data access, and distribution capabilities. Collection 2 includes Landsat...

U.S. Geological Survey, 2021, Landsat Collection 2 (ver. 1.1, January 15, 2021): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2021–3002, 4 p.,

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Year Published: 2020

The new Landsat Collection-2 Digital Elevation Model

The Landsat Collection-2 distribution introduces a new global Digital Elevation Model (DEM) for scene orthorectification. The new global DEM is a composite of the latest and most accurate freely available DEM sources and will include reprocessed Shuttle Radar Topographic Mission (SRTM) data (called NASADEM), high-resolution stereo optical data (...

Franks, Shannon; Storey, James C.; Rengarajan, Rajagopalan