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Date published: September 9, 2019

USGS EROS Launches ‘Eyes on Earth’ podcast

Satellite data is everywhere. It’s in the swirling clouds of the nightly news weather forecasts and the land surface maps beneath them. It’s in our pockets, showing up as base layers in smartphone mapping applications.


Date published: September 6, 2019

Expect the Unexpected: Geology and Maya Warfare

An unexpected thing happened on the way to publishing a geology research paper recently.

Attribution: Land Resources
Date published: September 3, 2019

Science Branch Chief Retires as a Man of Many Hats, Many Accomplishments at EROS

He started at EROS in November 1980. His first job—data analyst in Science and Applications. From there, John Dwyer traveled a wide-ranging and opportunistic path through what he calls an incredibly satisfying career here at the Center.

Date published: August 29, 2019

EROS’ Declassified Film Repository Reveals Land Use Changes After Calamities

Volker Radeloff works in the remote sensing realm of calamity.

Where there’s been war, government collapse, even massive natural and man-made disasters, Radeloff peers through aerial and satellite imagery and documents the socioeconomic aftershocks that typically follow such widescale upheaval to landscapes and land uses.

Date published: August 26, 2019

EROS Staff Provide Elevation Expertise to Mangrove Project on Pohnpei

In 1850, the island of Nahlapenlohd in Micronesia was sprawling enough to support a great battle among warring chiefdoms within its sizeable coconut forest. But that was then. Today, Nahlapenlohd and seven nearby islands in the western Pacific are no more, having been swallowed by the rising sea.

Date published: August 20, 2019

Architecture Study Team Narrowing Options for Landsat Next

What should Landsat 10—what some are calling Landsat Next, the next generation Landsat observing system—look like when it’s launched in the middle to later 2020s? What should its capabilities be? And how might it be different while continuing the same consistency of Earth observations for which its Landsat predecessors are known?

Date published: August 16, 2019

New EROS Lobby Display Puts Decades of Change at your Fingertips

The USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center hosts more than 6,000 visitors every year, and there’s plenty to see.

Date published: August 15, 2019

CoNED Measures Elevation, Helps Model Inundation Scenarios at Hawaiian Cultural Site

In the land of Kamehameha, south of Kona on the big island of Hawaii, a sacred landscape called Puʻuhonua O Hōnaunau faces the uncertainty of the rising seas.

The bones of royal chiefs rest there. Stories of how ancient Hawaiian lawbreakers flocked to this place of refuge still resonate throughout the 180-acre national historic park that surrounds Hōnaunau Bay.

Date published: August 13, 2019

Imagery Evaluation Workshops to Focus on Interoperability, Opportunity

With the global inventory of Earth observation satellites growing by the week, questions of data quality and integration take on great significance.

Date published: August 6, 2019

Science Team Tackles Question of Landsat 7’s Future

With the Landsat 9 launch scheduled in less than 18 months, this question about Landsat 7 was posed to the Landsat Science Team (LST) during its June meeting at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center.

What should be done with the old bird?

Date published: July 30, 2019

New Phenology Viewer Released

USGS remote sensing phenology data are now available in an online map viewer application.

Launch Viewer