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The Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center's mission is to document and analyze changes to the Earth’s land areas, across our nation and around the world. To study land change, EROS researchers utilize a vast database of images of the Earth’s surface, including those acquired by Landsat satellites.

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EROS scientists use Landsat satellite imagery and other earth-observation data to study land change through time and to assess the impacts of land change regionally, nationally, and globally.

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EROS maintains the largest, continuous, civilian record of the Earth's land areas in the form of satellite images and other types of remotely sensed data that are fundamental to land change research. We acquire thousands of new images every day.

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Millions of satellite images, aerial photos, and other types of remotely sensed data of the Earth's land areas are available from EROS--easy to search for and download with user-friendly tools. Most are available free of charge.

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Date published: November 6, 2018

CoNED Digital Elevation Model Helps Majuro Prepare for Sea Level Rise

University of Hawaii Geology and Geophysics Professor Chip Fletcher spread his maps on the table as land planners from Majuro—a large coral atoll of 64 islands in the Central Pacific’s Republic of the Marshall Islands­—leaned in.

Date published: October 30, 2018

NASA’s AppEEARS Data Extraction Tool Adds USGS Datasets

A powerful data extraction tool that intuitively streamlines and simplifies the exploration of more than 100 datasets within NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) now has expanded to include its first two datasets from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Date published: October 24, 2018

Newman Offers Wide-Ranging Look at Potential Future of Landsat

When it comes to the business of acquiring remotely sensed data, of preserving that data and providing a portal to it, National Land Imaging Program Coordinator Tim Newman is a man with a focus.

Since 1972, EROS has become synonymous with remotely sensed imagery of the Earth's land areas, cutting-edge research as to how landscapes are changing over time, and analyses of the impacts land change is having on both the planet and its people.

EROS Land Change Research & Applications
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Date published: October 29, 2018
Status: Active

United Nations Environment Programme Global Resource Information Database (UNEP-GRID)

A planet with a changing climate and growing population forces tough decisions about the use of limited resources.

Making sustainable choices in the face of global change requires an accurate cataloging of those resources. Since 1991, EROS has been the North American node for the United Nations Environment Programme’s Global Resource Information Database (UNEP-GRID), which tracks...

Date published: October 15, 2018
Status: Completed

Earth As Art 5

In the 5th edition of Earth as Art, we continue to display the Earth as our eyes cannot see it—in creative combinations of visible and infrared light. These unreal views of farmland, coastlines, and snowscapes remind us of the powerfully artistic qualities of Earth’s land features.

To see the images in this collection and download full-resolution versions, click the "multimedia" tab...

Contacts: Janice Nelson
Date published: October 15, 2018
Status: Completed

Earth As Art 4

Earth as Art 4 highlights vibrant images from every continent captured by Landsat 8, which launched in February 2013. Visit the Land of Terror, the Putrid Sea, and see some Cubist art—Landsat style.

To see the images in this collection and download full-resolution versions, click the "multimedia" tab above.

Contacts: Janice Nelson
Date published: October 15, 2018
Status: Completed

Earth As Art 3

The Landsat 5 and Landsat 7 satellites show intriguing views of the planet’s complex surface in the Earth as Art Three exhibit. Look for a monster, a tiger, a scary face, and something we call Van Gogh from Space.

To see the images in this collection and download full-resolution versions, click the "multimedia" tab above.

Contacts: Janice Nelson
Date published: October 12, 2018
Status: Completed

Earth As Art 2

Landsat 7 and the ASTER and MODIS sensors aboard NASA’s Aqua and Terra satellites take you around the world for more stunning views of Earth.

To see the images in this collection and download full-resolution versions, click the "multimedia" tab above.

Contacts: Janice Nelson
Date published: October 12, 2018
Status: Completed

Earth As Art 1

The first Earth as Art collection, released in 2001, is made up of both land and cloud formations and even a giant geological formation. Landsat 7, which launched in 1999, was the artist for the original Earth As Art.

To see the images in this collection and download full-resolution versions, click the "multimedia" tab above.

Contacts: Janice Nelson
Date published: October 11, 2018
Status: Active

Earth As Art

In addition to their scientific value, many satellite images are simply lovely to look at. Satellites capture an incredible variety of views of Earth. See the mesmerizing beauty of river deltas, mountains, and other sandy, salty, and icy landscapes. Some might even remind you of actual famous works of art! 

The first edition of Earth As Art was published in 2001. The most recent...

Contacts: Janice Nelson
Date published: September 19, 2018
Status: Active

Land Cover and Change Monitoring

Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection (LCMAP) is a new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) science initiative being implemented at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, that centers on structured, operational, ongoing, and timely collection and delivery of accurate and relevant data, information, and knowledge on land use, cover, and condition.

Contacts: Jesslyn Brown
Date published: September 18, 2018
Status: Active

Early Warning System for Food Security

Satellite data archived at EROS serves a critical role in the assessment of food security for FEWS NET – the Famine Early Warning System Network.

Date published: September 18, 2018
Status: Active

Fire Atlas

EROS work on fire activity in the United States includes the creation of an atlas of fire perimeters for fires occurring on U.S. National Wildlife Refuges from 1984 through 2013. Fire Atlas perimeter data provide information to refuge managers as they plan land management activities for their units.

EROS analysts use data provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), which...

Contacts: Kurtis Nelson
Date published: September 18, 2018
Status: Active

Inland Lakes, Rivers and Streams

Water bodies surrounded by land serve as sources of fresh drinking water, play host to millions of species of fish, underwater vegetation and wildlife and maintain the vibrancy of surrounding ecosystems. These water bodies can also be hubs for recreational activities such as boating, fishing, waterskiing, swimming that boost local economies.

Contacts: Jennifer Rover
Date published: September 18, 2018
Status: Active

National Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive

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

Contacts: John Faundeen

EROS offers a unique source of satellite imagery and other remotely sensed data of the Earth's land areas. These data are used by scientists, resource managers, urban planners, and many others worldwide to study land change and its impacts on natural systems and human endeavors.

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Date published: August 21, 2018

Topographic Change Viewer

The USGS has developed a national inventory of significant topographic changes based on seamless multi-temporal elevation data and land cover data. The NED and the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) data form a unique pair of seamless elevation datasets that can be used to detect and analyze 20th century topographic surface changes in the United States.  The need for more comprehensive...

Date published: July 3, 2018

Cabo Verde 500-m Land Use Land Cover 2013

GeoTIFF download of land use and land cover in the Cabo Verde archipelago, circa 2013 (61 KB). The data was used in the U.S. Geological Survey project "Landscapes of West Africa: A Window on a Changing World."

Date published: July 3, 2018

Gambia 1-km land Use Land Cover 2013

GeoTIFF download of land use and land cover along the Gambia River, circa 2013 (23 KB). The data was used in the U.S. Geological Survey project "Landscapes of West Africa: A Window on a Changing World."

Date published: July 3, 2018

Cabo Verde 500-m Land Use Land Cover 2000

GeoTIFF download of land use and land cover in the Cabo Verde archipelago, circa 2000 (61 KB). The data was used in the U.S. Geological Survey project "Landscapes of West Africa: A Window on a Changing World."

Date published: July 3, 2018

Gambia 1-km land Use Land Cover 2000

GeoTIFF download of land use and land cover along the Gambia River, circa 2000 (23 KB). The data was used in the U.S. Geological Survey project "Landscapes of West Africa: A Window on a Changing World."

Date published: July 3, 2018

Gambia 1-km Land Use Land Cover 1975

GeoTIFF download of land use and land cover along the Gambia River, circa 1975 (23 KB). The data was used in the U.S. Geological Survey project "Landscapes of West Africa: A Window on a Changing World."

Date published: July 3, 2018

EarthExplorer Bulk Download Application

The Bulk Download Application is an easy-to-use tool for downloading large quantities of satellite imagery and geospatial data.

Once scenes are added to a Bulk Order via Earth Explorer, the Bulk Download Application can be used to automatically retrieve them with little to no user interaction.

Date published: July 3, 2018

EarthExplorer Scene List Upload

The File List Ordering Tool allows text file, metadata export, and scene list uploads for more effective downloading and/or ordering for all datasets visible on EarthExplorer.  User login required.

Date published: July 2, 2018

West Africa Land Use Land Cover 2013

GeoTIFF download of land use and land cover in West Africa, circa 2013 (389 KB). The data was used in the U.S. Geological Survey project "Landscapes of West Africa: A Window on a Changing World."

Date published: July 2, 2018

West Africa Land Use Land Cover 2000

GeoTIFF download of land use and land cover in West Africa, circa 2000 (413 KB). The data was used in the U.S. Geological Survey project "Landscapes of West Africa: A Window on a Changing World."

Date published: July 2, 2018

West Africa Land Use Land Cover 1975

GeoTIFF download of land use and land cover in West Africa, circa 1975 (389 KB). The data was used in the U.S. Geological Survey project "Landscapes of West Africa: A Window on a Changing World."

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Year Published: 2019

Using remote sensing to quantify ecosystem site potential community structure and deviation in the Great Basin, United States

The semi-arid Great Basin region in the Northwest U.S. is impacted by a suite of change agents including fire, grazing, and climate variability to which native vegetation can have low resilience and resistance. Assessing ecosystem condition in relation to these change agents is difficult due to a lack of a consistent and objective Site Potential (...

Rigge, Matthew B.; Homer, Collin G.; Wylie, Bruce K.; Gu, Yingxin; Shi, Hua; Xian, George Z.; Meyer, Debra K.; Bunde, Brett

Year Published: 2018

Geospatial data mining for digital raster mapping

We performed an in-depth literature survey to identify the most popular data mining approaches that have been applied for raster mapping of ecological parameters through the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remotely sensed data. Popular data mining approaches included decision trees or “data mining” trees which consist of regression...

Wylie, Bruce K.; Pastick, Neal J.; Picotte, Joshua J.; Deering, Carol
Bruce K. Wylie, Neal J. Pastick, Joshua J. Picotte & Carol A. Deering (2018):Geospatial data mining for digital raster mapping, GIScience & Remote https://doi.org/10.1080/15481603.2018.1517445 Published online: 14 Sep 2018.

Year Published: 2018

Earth as art 5

Fanciful Fluorescence. Lurking Madness. Serene Expressions.The titles of the images in this fifth edition of Earth As Art speak to the powerfully artistic qualities of Earth’s natural features when tinged with unnatural colors.Art serves as a great partner in the communication of science, bringing emotion to the pursuit of understanding. The...

U.S. Geological Survey, 2018, Earth as art 5: U.S. Geological Survey General Information Product 186, 32 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/gip186

Year Published: 2018

U.S. Landsat Analysis Ready Data

U.S. Landsat Analysis Ready Data (ARD) are a revolutionary new U.S. Geological Survey science product that allows the Landsat archive to be more accessible and easier to analyze and reduces the amount of time users spend on data processing for monitoring and assessing landscape change. U.S. Landsat ARD are Level-2 products derived from...

U.S. Geological Survey, 2018, U.S. Landsat Analysis Ready Data: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2018–3053, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20183053.

Year Published: 2018

Landsat Collections

In 2016, the U.S. Geological Survey reorganized the Landsat archive into a tiered collection structure, which ensures that Landsat Level-1 products provide a consistent archive of known data quality to support time-series analyses and data “stacking” while controlling continuous improvement of the archive and access to all data as they are...

U.S. Geological Survey, 2018, Landsat collections: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2018–3049, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20183049.

Year Published: 2018

Quantifying variance across spatial scales as part of fire regime classifications

The emergence of large‐scale fire classifications and products informed by remote sensing data has enabled opportunities to include variability or heterogeneity as part of modern fire regime classifications. Currently, basic fire metrics such as mean fire return intervals are calculated without considering spatial variance in a management context...

Rheinhardt, Scholtz; Fuhlendorf, Samuel D.; Leis, Sherry A.; Picotte, Joshua J.; Twidwell, Dirac
Scholtz, R., S. D. Fuhlendorf, S. A. Leis, J. J. Picotte, and D. Twidwell. 2018. Quantifying variance across spatial scales as part of fire regime classifications. Ecosphere 9(7):e02343. 10.1002/ecs2.2343

Year Published: 2018

Coastal National Elevation Database

The Coastal National Elevation Database (CoNED) Applications Project develops enhanced topographic (land elevation) and bathymetric (water depth) datasets that serve as valuable resources for coastal hazards research (Danielson and others, 2016; Thatcher and others, 2016). These datasets are used widely for mapping inundation zones from riverine...

Danielson, Jeffrey J.; Poppenga, Sandra K.; Tyler, Dean J.; Palaseanu-Lovejoy, Monica; Gesch, Dean B.
Danielson, J.J., Poppenga, S.K., Tyler, D.J., Palaseanu-Lovejoy, M., and Gesch, D.B., 2018, Coastal National Elevation Database: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2018–3037, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/2018.

Year Published: 2018

Rapid crop cover mapping for the conterminous United States

Timely crop cover maps with sufficient resolution are important components to various environmental planning and research applications. Through the modification and use of a previously developed crop classification model (CCM), which was originally developed to generate historical annual crop cover maps, we hypothesized that such crop cover maps...

Dahal, Devendra; Wylie, Bruce K.; Howard, Daniel
Dahal, D., Wylie, B. & Howard, D. Rapid Crop Cover Mapping for the Conterminous United States. Sci Rep 8, 8631, doi:10.1038/s41598-018-26284-w (2018).

Year Published: 2018

National Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive

The National Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive is managed on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior by the U.S. Geological Survey’s Earth Resources Observation and Science Center. The Land Remote Sensing Policy Act of 1992 (51 U.S.C. §601) directed the U.S. Department of the Interior to establish a permanent global archive consisting of...

Faundeen, John L.; Longhenry, Ryan
Faundeen, J.L., and Longhenry, R., 2018, National Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2018–3027, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20183027. [Supersedes USGS Fact Sheet 2013–3100.]

Year Published: 2018

U.S. Geological Survey science for the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative—2016 annual report

This is the ninth annual report highlighting U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) science and decision-support activities conducted for the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative (WLCI). The activities address specific management needs identified by WLCI partner agencies. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, there were 26 active USGS WLCI science-based projects...

Bowen, Zachary H.; Aikens, Ellen; Aldridge, Cameron L.; Anderson, Patrick J.; Assal, Timothy J.; Chalfoun, Anna D.; Chong, Geneva W.; Eddy-Miller, Cheryl; Garman, Steven L.; Germaine, Stephen S.; Homer, Collin G.; Johnston, Aaron; Kauffman, Matthew J.; Manier, Daniel J.; Melcher, Cynthia P.; Miller, Kirk A.; Walters, Annika W.; Wheeler, Jerrod D.; Wieferich, Daniel; Wilson, Anna B.; Wyckoff, Teal B.; Zeigenfuss, Linda C.
Bowen, Z.H., Aikens, E., Aldridge, C.L., Anderson, P.J., Assal, T.J., Chalfoun, A.D., Chong, G.W., Eddy-Miller, C.A., Garman, S.L., Germaine, S.S., Homer, C.G., Johnston, A., Kauffman, M.J., Manier, D.J., Melcher, C.P., Miller, K.A., Walters, A.W., Wheeler, J.D., Wieferich, D., Wilson, A.B., Wyckoff, T.B., and Zeigenfuss, L.C., 2018, U.S. Geological Survey science for the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative—2016 annual report: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1048, 49 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181048.

Year Published: 2018

Fusing MODIS with Landsat 8 data to downscale weekly normalized difference vegetation index estimates for central Great Basin rangelands, USA

Data fused from distinct but complementary satellite sensors mitigate tradeoffs that researchers make when selecting between spatial and temporal resolutions of remotely sensed data. We integrated data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensor aboard the Terra satellite and the Operational Land Imager sensor aboard the...

Boyte, Stephen; Wylie, Bruce K.; Rigge, Matthew B.; Dahal, Devendra
Boyte, Stephen P., Bruce K. Wylie, Matthew B. Rigge, Devendra Dahal. 2018. Fusing MODIS with Landsat 8 data to downscale weekly normalized vegetation index estimates for central Great Basin rangelands, USA. GIScience & Remote Sensing 55:376-399.

Year Published: 2018

Case Study Comparing Multiple Irrigated Land Datasets in Arizona and Colorado, USA

While there are currently a number of irrigated land datasets available for the western United States (U.S.), there is uncertainty regarding in how they relate to each other. To help understand the characteristics of available irrigated datasets, we compared (1) the Cropland Data Layer (CDL), (2) Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer...

Shi, Hua; Auch, Roger F.; Vogelmann, James E.; Feng, Min; Rigge, Matthew B.; Senay, Gabriel B.; Verdin, James P.

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Date published: May 8, 2018

Tracking Change Over Time

The Earth Resources Observation and Science Center offers educational resources designed for elementary- and middle-school students. The U.S. Geological Survey offers more options through its science education resource page.

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Map of AK showing probability of change occurrence
December 31, 2018

Map of AK showing probability of change occurrence

Map of Alaska showing probability (%) of change occurrence. Insets show fire boundaries from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Large Fire Database and Landsat 8 imagery (bottom right; 2016) north of Fairbanks, Alaska.

November 13, 2018

Image of the Week - Pine Island Glacier

Another large iceberg recently broke off Pine Island Glacier, Antarctica. According to the U.S. National Ice Center, this iceberg, named B-46, has an area of 87 square miles. That’s slightly larger than the iceberg that previously separated from the glacier in September 2017.

B-46 broke away on October 29, 2018, just a month after a rift first appeared. The October

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October 24, 2018

Image of the Week - Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael made landfall in the Florida Panhandle on October 10, 2018.

Landsat 7 images captured before and after highlight the destructive path of the Category 4 storm.

Mexico Beach was all but demolished, with homes left in heaps by wind and storm surge. The green leaves that pop in the September image are stripped from trees by October, and the dull

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October 16, 2018

Image of the Week - Cottonwood Fire

October 16, 2018, marks the two-year anniversary of the Cottonwood Fire in western South Dakota. The fire consumed a large swath of grassland near the community of Wall and just north of Badlands National Park.

Thanks to low relative humidity, and high winds and temperatures, the fire spread quickly. It burned 41,360 acres by the time it was 100 percent contained

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October 12, 2018

Image of the Week - A World of Hops

In southern Germany, autumn is synonymous with beer.

Around six million people visit the Bavarian city of Munich each year for Oktoberfest, a celebration of suds that coincides with the hops harvest.

The world’s largest continuous hops-growing region by area is Hallertau, just north of Munich. More than 80 percent of Germany’s hops come from this 42,000-acre

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October 5, 2018

Image of the Week - Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence hit the Carolina coast on September 14, 2018, but it took much longer for the full impact to emerge.
Remotely-sensed images show the slow devastation that 13 trillion gallons of rain can bring as it moves back toward the sea.
Each week, the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center highlights a new satellite image(s) featuring

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September 26, 2018

EROS: EarthExplorer and GloVis - Register For An Account

USGS EROS | How To Search and Download Satellite Imagery The USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center has created a series of videos to help users search for and download remotely sensed imagery. The first step in the process is to register for a free account so you can search and order data from EarthExplorer and GloVis websites. This video walks you

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September 26, 2018

Image of the Week - Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands, isolated in the eastern Pacific Ocean, lie about 1,000 km off the coast of Ecuador.

This Landsat 8 mosaic combines four images from March of 2015. The islands were formed by volcanoes, some of them still active. Volcanic craters and lava flows dominate the islands along with dense green vegetation.

Each week, the Earth Resources

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September 19, 2018

Jennifer Lacey: Leading USGS in Space

For this native South Dakotan, a love for math and a college trip to EROS in Sioux Falls, SD led to overseeing USGS's Landsat operations including the upcoming 2020 launch of Landsat 9. Read Jennifer's story and other #womeninscience stories at https://bit.ly/2D1RHk5

September 17, 2018

Image of the Week - Beetle Damage in the Black Hills

Ponderosa pine forests in the Black Hills of South Dakota are the focus of this week’s USGS Image of the Week.

Mountain pine beetles are about the size of a grain of rice, so of course we can’t see them from space in satellite images. What is visible is what the beetles can do to a pine forest. The washed-out pink color indicates large areas of standing dead or

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September 11, 2018

An Introduction to Suomi-NPP NASA VIIRS Data Products

This video provides an introduction to new land data products from the joint National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) satellite sensor aboard the Suomi-National Polar-orbiting Partnership (S-NPP). The Suomi-NPP NASA VIIRS data products discussed in the

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September 7, 2018

Image of the Week - Lake Thompson

Many lakes in South Dakota’s Prairie Pothole Region are expanding. 

Lake Thompson in eastern South Dakota is one that has displayed remarkable change in recent decades.

Each week, the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center highlights a new satellite image(s) featuring striking changes in the Earth's surface. Our images come from locations

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Date published: November 6, 2018

CoNED Digital Elevation Model Helps Majuro Prepare for Sea Level Rise

University of Hawaii Geology and Geophysics Professor Chip Fletcher spread his maps on the table as land planners from Majuro—a large coral atoll of 64 islands in the Central Pacific’s Republic of the Marshall Islands­—leaned in.

Date published: October 30, 2018

NASA’s AppEEARS Data Extraction Tool Adds USGS Datasets

A powerful data extraction tool that intuitively streamlines and simplifies the exploration of more than 100 datasets within NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) now has expanded to include its first two datasets from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Date published: October 24, 2018

Newman Offers Wide-Ranging Look at Potential Future of Landsat

When it comes to the business of acquiring remotely sensed data, of preserving that data and providing a portal to it, National Land Imaging Program Coordinator Tim Newman is a man with a focus.

Date published: October 22, 2018

Review Panels Ensure USGS, NASA Don’t Pay ‘the Price of Failure’ with Landsat 9

Agencies like NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that commit multiple millions of dollars to put Landsat satellites into space need to know that the spacecraft, the sensors onboard, the ground system operating the satellite, and the launch vehicle are all designed and built the right way.

Date published: October 18, 2018

USGS, AmericaView Connection Proves Valuable with Hurricane Florence

In the days of Hurricane Florence, when the winds blew, the rains fell, the ocean surged, and the rivers overflowed, the U.S Geological Survey (USGS) and its partners moved quickly to make a difference in people’s lives.

Date published: October 5, 2018

EROS Leads Dialogue on Future of Earth Observation

Forty-six years ago, there was a single Earth observation satellite circling the globe – Landsat 1.

By 1988, four countries operated such satellites. In 2018, there were 45 Earth observing satellites launched by September. Another 36 launches are planned this year.

The number of countries operating satellites? That’s swollen to 54.

Date published: October 4, 2018

Landsat 9 Ground System Meets Design Criteria to Move Forward

Tim Rykowski has a history of reviewing satellite ground systems. NASA’s Space Network Systems Manager, Rykowski figures he’s probably sat in on a few dozen such reviews during his 35 years at NASA, including the design and build of the Landsat 9 (L9) Ground System that’s going on now.

Date published: October 1, 2018

USGS EROS Center Releases New Earth As Art Images

The USGS EROS Center is happy to announce the addition of a new Earth As Art collection. With Earth As Art 5, we have added 24 new art images from Earth-observing satellites that show off the beauty and wonder of the planet.

Date published: September 13, 2018

EROS Products, Programs Could Prove Useful with Hurricane Florence

The EROS Center could very well end up playing several significant roles in dealing with the monstrous hurricane called Florence now barreling down on the Carolinas and American’s Eastern Seaboard.

Date published: September 10, 2018

Loveland Enters South Dakota Hall of Fame

Tom Loveland, the recently retired chief scientist at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, was inducted Sept. 7-8, 2018, into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in Chamberlain, SD, for his career and work in remote sensing.

Date published: August 22, 2018

Staff Shares EROS Story, Sharpens Communication Skills Through OLLI

When they step out of their science or engineering realms, staff members at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center near Sioux Falls, SD, often tell a different story about the work they do.

In many ways, a more interesting story.

Date published: August 16, 2018

Landsat Adds Value, Reliability to Cubesat Imagery

Over the past five years, private companies have launched hundreds of shoebox-sized Earth observation “cubesat” satellites into space with promises of high-resolution daily imagery.

The rapid emergence of smallsats begs the question: What role does a legacy satellite like Landsat play in the development and use of these relatively inexpensive orbiters?