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Date published: March 20, 2019

Black Hills Perfect Laboratory for Multi-Sensor Fire Science Research

After the Legion Lake Fire at Custer State Park in South Dakota’s Black Hills erupted in December 2017— burning across private, state, and federal landscapes all at once—scientists at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center discovered an important opportunity among the ashes.

Date published: February 22, 2019

LANDFIRE Remap Begins to Roll Out

With a vegetation and fuels base map that was over 15 years old and a commitment to keep LANDFIRE (LF) data relevant, LF staff at EROS has produced a new base map product suite, representing 2016 ground conditions.

Date published: February 20, 2019

LCMAP Releases Project Website

The USGS Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection (LCMAP) initiative now has an online home. The stand-alone LCMAP website is located at www.usgs.gov/lcmap.

Date published: February 15, 2019

First in a Series of Landsat 9 Ground Readiness Tests is Successful

Landsat 9 Ground System development team members executed the first of a series of Ground Readiness Tests (GRTs) this week as they successfully simulated the communication of command and telemetry data between the Ground Network Element (GNE) at EROS and the Landsat Multi-Satellite...

Date published: February 4, 2019

USGS, EROS Offer Insights to National Fire Strategy Discussion

With California burning in the fall of 2018, the conversation came up yet once again.

How do we prevent monster fires with names like Camp and Woolsey from torching massive amounts of California landscape—or anywhere else, for that matter? Is it even possible to build fire resistance into the intersection of wildlands and rural developments?

Date published: December 7, 2018

EROS Research Presented at AGU

The American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting takes place Dec. 10-14 in Washington, D.C. The work of the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center will be well-represented at the weeklong conference. More than half a dozen USGS EROS researchers will lead or participate in sessions, and EROS authors contributed to many others....

Date published: November 29, 2018

Post-fire Sagebrush Recovery Looks to Landsat Time Series Data for Solutions

When a wildfire rampages through a sagebrush domain, restoring the landscape’s natural vegetation afterward is often a dicey proposition. But now complicate that situation with soil-moisture-robbing drought either before or after the fire. What becomes the best restoration solution then?

Date published: November 15, 2018

EROS Workshop Offers First Look at Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection Products

The mapping and classification of land use and land cover has long been a primary duty for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and remotely-sensed data at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center has served as the backbone of the Survey’s modern efforts.

In recent years, two advancements in remote sensing emerged that promise to revolutionize the field.

Date published: November 14, 2018

Brazilians Work with EROS Staff to Map, Monitor Agricultural Irrigation

Brazilian officials tasked with managing their country’s water resources are working with staff at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center to better understand how that valuable asset is being used for agricultural irrigation in their homeland.

Date published: November 9, 2018

USGS Burned Area Products Group in Denver Touts Value of Landsat ARD

For all the great Federal records and remotely sensed products out there that have documented fires across the United States through the decades, it seems almost none have consistently and comprehensively mapped those burned areas across time and space.

At least not until now.

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.