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Core Science Systems

CSS leads USGS’s mission as the civilian mapping agency for the Nation. We conduct detailed surveys and develop high quality, highly accurate topographic, geologic, hydrographic, and biogeographic maps and data. Our maps allow precise planning for critical mineral assessments; energy development; infrastructure projects; urban planning; flood prediction; emergency response; and haz

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Latest in Landsat Newsletter July 2022 - Vol. 1 | Issue 2

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Fifty Years of Landsat: Sharing Earth information for the benefit of all

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TNMCorps Mapping Challenge Summary Results for US Pacific Territories

Publications

Utah and Landsat

Utah’s list of notable features runs long, but scenery rises to the top. The Colorado River does not simply run through southeastern Utah; it meanders through steep canyons of the eroded sedimentary rock that colors the sweeping vistas of the Colorado Plateau. Stone arches, spires, hoodoos, cliffs, and bridges in hues of red enchant residents and tourists. Mountain ranges extending through the Sta

Washington and Landsat

Washington is a State of untamed wonders, from its ruggedly beautiful coastline to the volcanic peaks of the Cascades. “The Evergreen State” is also a State of contrasts, home to rainforests west of the Cascades and deserts to the east. Half of Washington is forested, and its orchards grow more than one-half of the apples sold in the United States. Rivers are important to the State, particularly t

Florida and Landsat

More than 21 million people call Florida home, but many more visit the peninsula each year—including a record 131 million in 2019. Residents and tourists enjoy the State’s warm weather and varied attractions amid incredibly diverse biological and natural resources. Numerous lakes and rivers, and 8,400 miles of ocean shoreline, play a prominent role, as do unique habitats like the Everglades, which

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LCMAP Change Stories: Sequoias under Siege, Progression of a Wildfire

Sequoia National Park encompasses over 400,000 acres across the Sierra Nevada mountains. The park’s giant old growth sequoias are the largest trees in the world, growing 30 feet (9.1 m) in diameter and 250 feet (76.2 m) tall over their 3,000-year lifespans.
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LCMAP Change Stories: Sequoias under Siege, Progression of a Wildfire

Sequoia National Park encompasses over 400,000 acres across the Sierra Nevada mountains. The park’s giant old growth sequoias are the largest trees in the world, growing 30 feet (9.1 m) in diameter and 250 feet (76.2 m) tall over their 3,000-year lifespans.
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Eyes on Earth Episode 76 – ECOSTRESS and Disease Risk

Eyes on Earth is a podcast on remote sensing, Earth observation, land change and science, brought to you by the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. In this episode, we learn how measurements from space can track risk of mosquito-borne disease.
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Eyes on Earth Episode 76 – ECOSTRESS and Disease Risk

Eyes on Earth is a podcast on remote sensing, Earth observation, land change and science, brought to you by the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. In this episode, we learn how measurements from space can track risk of mosquito-borne disease.
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Eyes on Earth Episode 75 – Mapping Dust Sources Worldwide

Eyes on Earth is a podcast on remote sensing, Earth observation, land change and science, brought to you by the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. In this episode, we hear about a mission to map the Earth’s minerals from above.
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Eyes on Earth Episode 75 – Mapping Dust Sources Worldwide

Eyes on Earth is a podcast on remote sensing, Earth observation, land change and science, brought to you by the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. In this episode, we hear about a mission to map the Earth’s minerals from above.
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