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USGS CSS serves as the primary national civilian mapping agency, including topographic and geologic mapping for Federal and State requirements, national geospatial coordination, satellite operations and remote sensing. Our products and data are necessary to understand, monitor, and detect changes that affect the Nation’s natural and agricultural resources, the economy, public safety, and security.

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Dodge Brothers Classic Cars Visit EROS

Dodge Brothers Classic Cars Visit EROS

Planning an Outdoor Adventure? USGS’s topoBuilder creates custom topographic maps in 3 easy steps.

Planning an Outdoor Adventure? USGS’s topoBuilder creates custom topographic maps in 3 easy steps.

Remote Sensing Characterization of Post-Fire Vegetation Recovery

Remote Sensing Characterization of Post-Fire Vegetation Recovery

Publications

Landsat Next

Landsat Next's launch in the early 2030s will ensure continuity of the longest space-based record of Earth’s land surfaces. The mission will substantially increase the breadth and quality of Earth observation data available to scientists, land managers, and others responsible for managing Earth's natural resources. Landsat Next’s constellation of three satellites will carry sensors that improve bo

Monitoring polar ice change in the twilight zone

Landsat’s new extended data collection program is mapping Arctic and Antarctic regions year-round, even in polar twilight.
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Theodore A. Scambos, Christopher Shuman, Mark Fahnestock, Tasha Snow, Christopher J. Crawford

Remote sensing-based 3D assessment of landslides: A review of the data, methods, and applications

Remote sensing (RS) techniques are essential for studying hazardous landslide events because they capture information and monitor sites at scale. They enable analyzing causes and impacts of ongoing events for disaster management. There has been a plethora of work in the literature mostly discussing (1) applications to detect, monitor, and predict landslides using various instruments and image anal
Authors
Hessah Albanwan, Rongjun Qin, Jung-Kuan (Ernie) Liu

Science

Eyes on Earth Episode 119 – Kristi Kline: EROS Career Reflections

A discussion with Kristi Kline, who is retiring from EROS, about innovations that have taken place in computer tech and data processing.
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Eyes on Earth Episode 119 – Kristi Kline: EROS Career Reflections

A discussion with Kristi Kline, who is retiring from EROS, about innovations that have taken place in computer tech and data processing.
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Eyes on Earth Episode 118 – Preparing for Landsat Next, Part 2

Landsat Next is targeted for launch around 2030. But we are already getting ready for all the new and improved data the mission will bring.
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Eyes on Earth Episode 118 – Preparing for Landsat Next, Part 2

Landsat Next is targeted for launch around 2030. But we are already getting ready for all the new and improved data the mission will bring.
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Eyes on Earth Episode 117 – Preparing for Landsat Next, Part 1

Learn about the details of the upcoming new mission Landsat Next and its benefits to science and society.
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