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Date published: September 28, 2020

Miglarese, Radiant Earth Advocate for Benefits of Open Training Datasets

Anne Hale Miglarese has a simple mantra when it comes to gathering and using training data for remote sensing.

Collect it once, the founder of the nonprofit Radiant Earth Foundation, says. Then use it many times.

Date published: September 11, 2020

Landsat Science Team Member: Satellites Can Play Greater Role in Informing Global Policies

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that scientists and engineers are constantly pushing the envelope to improve remote-sensing data and their utility, says Matt Hansen, a Landsat Science Team (LST) member and professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland in College Park.

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: September 3, 2020

Fire Footprints stretch Across California, Colorado

The accumulated wildfires engulfing miles of California countryside in the late summer of 2020 are historic in their collective size: more than 500 fires burning across hundreds of thousands of acres.

Date published: July 27, 2020

NLCD Readies Improvements for Upcoming Release of 2019 Product Suite

The next edition of the National Land Cover Database (NLCD) will appear more quickly than previous editions, offer accuracy comparable to NLCD 2016, and include previously-unreleased historical information on imperious urban surfaces.

Date published: July 15, 2020

Tracking Change Across Time and Space with LCMAP

The U.S. Geological Survey took a bold step toward documenting change across the landscape with the launch of the first Landsat satellite in 1972. Since then, the orbiters have collected nearly five decades of imagery.

Date published: June 24, 2020

Wildfire Support from 438 Miles Above

USGS Fire Science is fundamental to understanding the causes, consequences, and benefits of wildfire and helps prevent and manage larger, catastrophic events. USGS scientists and programs provide information and develop tools that are widely used by stakeholders to make decisions before, during, and after wildfires across the nation.

Date published: June 17, 2020

Calibration Test Site Becomes Agricultural Hotspot

The Landsat satellites were designed to detect landscape changes over time. However, sometimes what Landsat needs to see on the Earth’s surface is no change at all.

Date published: June 9, 2020

From Concept to Reality, USGS Land Change, Monitoring, Assessment and Projection Pushes Boundaries in Service of Science

More than a decade ago, Tom Loveland sat down to sketch out a few thoughts on land change and the Landsat archive.

The archive was and remains rich with history, adding new observations of the entire planet every eight days. But at that point, Landsat-based land change research was about comparing points in time – this year versus five years ago, to 10 years ago, and so on.

Date published: June 8, 2020

Continuous Monitoring of Land Surface Change Over 30 Years Using the Landsat Record

The USGS Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection project has released a new suite of land-cover change products for the conterminous U.S.

Date published: June 5, 2020

Satellite Constellations: Taking a Collective Look at Earth from 705 Kilometers Overhead

Jim Lacasse, the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Landsat Mission Operations Project Manager out at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, told the Eyes on Earth podcast crew a fascinating story the other day about satellite constellations

Date published: May 12, 2020

EROS Scientists Publish Accuracy, Guidance for Global Evapotranspiration Data

Evapotranspiration (ET) presents a difficult problem.

Evaporation from the Earth’s surface and transpiration from the leaves of plants accounts for about 60 percent of the water budget – a budget that has implications for agriculture and food security the world over.