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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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Landsat Technical Working Group meets in Florida

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USGS EROS Helps Assess OpenET Accuracy

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USGS-NASA Award Honors Excellence in Earth Observation

Publications

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
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Hessah Albanwan, Rongjun Qin, Jung-Kuan (Ernie) Liu

GeoAI for spatial image processing

The development of digital image processing, as a subset of digital signal processing, depended upon the maturity of photography and image science, introduction of computers, discovery and advancement of digital recording devices, and the capture of digital images. In addition, government and industry applications in the Earth and medical sciences were paramount to the growth of the technology. Fr
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Samantha Arundel, Kevin G McKeehan, Wenwen Li, Zhining Gu

At what scales does a river meander? Scale-specific sinuosity (S3) metric for quantifying stream meander size distribution

Stream bend geometry is linked to terrain features, hydrologic and ecologic conditions, and anthropogenic forces. Knowledge of the distributions of geometric properties of streams advances understanding of changing landscape conditions and associated processes that operate over a range of spatial scales. Statistical decomposition of sinuosity in natural linear features has proven a longstanding ch
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Larry Stanislawski, Barry J. Kronenfeld, Barbara P. Buttenfield, Ethan J. Shavers

Science

Eyes on Earth Episode 113 – EROS Science Leader’s Vision

Terry Sohl has topped off three decades of working in EROS science by accepting that branch’s leadership role.
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Eyes on Earth Episode 113 – EROS Science Leader’s Vision

Terry Sohl has topped off three decades of working in EROS science by accepting that branch’s leadership role.
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Eyes on Earth Episode 112 – Landsat in Popular Media

Popular media is fascinated with satellites, including Landsat’s Earth-observing mission. But are movies and books accurate in their depictions? Experts say it’s definitely a mixed bag.
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Eyes on Earth Episode 112 – Landsat in Popular Media

Popular media is fascinated with satellites, including Landsat’s Earth-observing mission. But are movies and books accurate in their depictions? Experts say it’s definitely a mixed bag.
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Eyes on Earth Episode 111 – Mendenhall Fellow’s Drought Forecasting

Meet the EROS Mendenhall Fellow who is working on innovative ways to use algorithms and Landsat data to forecast drought.
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Eyes on Earth Episode 111 – Mendenhall Fellow’s Drought Forecasting

Meet the EROS Mendenhall Fellow who is working on innovative ways to use algorithms and Landsat data to forecast drought.
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