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The EROS CalVal Center of Excellence (ECCOE) is recognized nationally and internationally as a leading organization for effectively improving the accuracy, precision, and efficiency of radiometric, geometric, and spatial characterization, calibration, and cross-calibration of optical remote sensing systems to achieve the highest degree of interoperability of remote sensing data products.

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News

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: 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?

Date published: November 20, 2017

EROS Calibration/Validation Center of Excellence Shares its Wisdom

In the world of optical Land Remote Sensing, USGS EROS’ work in the calibration of Landsat data stands up at the top as the best in the world.

Publications

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Year Published: 2019

2019 Joint Agency Commercial Imagery Evaluation—Land remote sensing satellite compendium

The Joint Agency Commercial Imagery Evaluation (JACIE) is a collaboration between five Federal agencies that are major users and producers of satellite land remote sensing data. In recent years, the JACIE group has observed ever-increasing numbers of remote sensing satellites being launched. This rapidly growing wave of new systems creates a need...

Christopherson, Jon B.; Ramaseri Chandra, Shankar N.; Quanbeck, Joel Q.
Christopherson, J.B., Ramaseri Chandra, S.N., and Quanbeck, J.Q., 2019, 2019 Joint Agency Commercial Imagery Evaluation—Land remote sensing satellite compendium: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1455, 191 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/cir1455.

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Radiometric characterization of Landsat Collection 1 products

Landsat data in the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) archive are being reprocessed to generate a tiered collection of consistently geolocated and radiometrically calibrated products that are suitable for time series analyses. With the implementation of the collection management, no major updates will be made to calibration of the Landsat sensors...

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

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Landsat-8 TIRS thermal radiometric calibration status

The Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) instrument is the thermal-band imager on the Landsat-8 platform. The initial onorbit calibration estimates of the two TIRS spectral bands indicated large average radiometric calibration errors, -0.29 and -0.51 W/m2 sr μm or -2.1K and -4.4K at 300K in Bands 10 and 11, respectively, as well as high variability...

Barsi, Julia A.; Markham, Brian L.; Montanaro, Matthew; Gerace, Aaron; Hook, Simon; Schott, John R.; Raqueno, Nina G.; Morfitt, Ron