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Date published: May 18, 2020

Rising Seas: EROS Brings Valuable Elevation Knowledge to Islands, Coastlines

As sea levels rise around the planet, as storm surges threaten islands and coastal communities, decision makers face a lot of questions about how to protect their citizens and their landscapes.

Date published: May 12, 2020

Data Quality, Geometric Accuracy are Key Topics for 2020 JACIE and ECCOE Workshops

In a world where observing Earth’s landscapes from space has become more common for government agencies and commercial ventures, there is a question currently getting a lot of attention: Is there a way to make images from all those different and varied systems usable with each other?

Date published: May 12, 2020

EROS Scientists Publish Accuracy, Guidance for Global Evapotranspiration Data

Evapotranspiration (ET) presents a difficult problem.

Evaporation from the Earth’s surface and transpiration from the leaves of plants accounts for about 60 percent of the water budget – a budget that has implications for agriculture and food security the world over.

Date published: April 30, 2020

EROS Reaches Out to Kids with Landsat Activities

The Communication & Outreach (C&O) team at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center is working on some quick ways to connect with students who are currently doing school from home.

Date published: April 29, 2020

Pixel by Pixel: How the USGS, U.S. Forest Service Checked the Work of a Computerized Landsat Mapping Project

About a year ago, scientist Bruce Pengra sat at his desk with a conundrum.

As part of the team working on the reference dataset for the USGS Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection (LCMAP) initiative’s land cover mapping project, Pengra was staring at a single speck of satellite data, a nondescript blotch of color representing a 30-meter plot of ground in Washington state....

Date published: April 29, 2020

USGS Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection releases ‘unprecedented’ reference dataset for United States

The USGS Land Change Monitoring, Assessment and Projection (LCMAP) team has released its reference dataset for the Conterminous U.S. (CONUS), an 25,000-point trove of land cover data that represents the culmination of nearly five years of intensive human...

Date published: April 29, 2020

LANDFIRE Proves Critical to First Nationwide Tool on Wildfire Risk to Communities

Mayors, city councilors and county commissioners have a lot on their minds.

Questions of policing, budgeting, or public health gobble up time and attention week after week, leaving little room for assessing risk of potential dangers like wildfire – especially for the part-time leaders who make up the bulk of the nation’s local officials.

Date published: April 28, 2020

Making Use of MSS: The Effort to Fold the Earliest Data into the Landsat Record

It’s not uncommon for young scientists doing remote sensing research these days to use what they call the “full Landsat record” in their studies—a time frame they often characterize as 1984 to present.

Date published: April 24, 2020

Doucette Discusses Future of EROS Science, EarthMAP as New Branch Chief

Coming from Reston, VA, to the rural landscape surrounding the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center near Sioux Falls, SD, has brought about some challenging transitions for Peter Doucette, the new Integrated Science and Applications Branch Chief at EROS.

Date published: April 21, 2020

Vanderhoof Uses Landsat to Look at the Ecological Impacts of Fire and Water

Melanie Vanderhoof works in the realms of fire and water, studying how they change landscapes and influence the ecological rhythms of Nature.

Date published: April 17, 2020

New Land Cover Maps Depict 15 Years of Alaska Change

The latest edition of the National Land Cover Database (NLCD 2016) for Alaska is now publicly available.

Date published: April 14, 2020

Mendenhall Program Served as Springboard into Remote Sensing Career for Tollerud

Dr. Heather Tollerud came to the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center with an eye to drought and its ripple effects across time and space.