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Date published: July 29, 2018

ECOSTRESS Launch Piques Interest At EROS

NASA launched its ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) instrument early Friday morning in Florida, and the event piqued the interest of several scientists at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center.

Date published: July 20, 2018

Scientists Use Satellite, Climate Data to Forecast West Nile Risk in South Dakota

The South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) wants to break the model scientists made for it, which might seem an odd goal until one considers the context.

Date published: July 18, 2018

USGS, NASA Officials Cut Ribbon on New Landsat 7 Flight Operations Center

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Director James Reilly, along with other officials from the Department of Interior (DOI), NASA, and the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, were among dignitaries who were on hand Thursday, July 12, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Landsat 7 Mission Operations Center (MOC) at the Goddard Space Flight Center.

Date published: July 5, 2018

A Testimonial for Analysis Ready Data

Jim Vogelmann discovered something interesting about Analysis Ready Data (ARD) these last few months as he and his colleagues worked on finding a better way to quantify fire risk in the Great Basin of the western United States.

ARD, Vogelmann learned, works really well.

Date published: June 27, 2018

EROS Evapotranspiration Model Key Part of Upper Rio Grande Basin Study

Kyle Douglas-Mankin wants to know where the raindrops go when they fall on the arid and semi-arid landscapes of the Upper Rio Grande Basin.

Date published: June 21, 2018

LANDFIRE Named 2018 'Environmental Dream Team' by DOI

In the years since its beginnings in 2004, LANDFIRE has become invaluable to wildfire prevention and response, land management, and environmental monitoring.

Date published: June 19, 2018

USGS, Australians Assess Collaboration Milestones over the Past Year

The latest report on collaborative efforts between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Geoscience Australia (GA) suggests the two agencies are making significant strides together in exploiting land remote-sensing data to monitor the Earth and detect change as it happens.

Date published: June 15, 2018

Landsat 7 Flight Operations Transition to New Home Now Complete

Life in satellite flight operations is busy enough without the disruption of uprooting and moving an entire Mission Operations Center (MOC). Yet that’s been the reality for the Landsat 7 MOC as it transitioned this spring into a new address at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD.

Date published: June 15, 2018

Landsat 7 Flight Operations Transition to New Home Now Complete

Life in satellite flight operations is busy enough without the disruption of uprooting and moving an entire Mission Operations Center (MOC). Yet that’s been the reality for the Landsat 7 MOC as it transitioned this spring into a new address at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD.

Date published: June 12, 2018

Landsat, Sentinel Harmony Effort Shows Promising Results in Great Basin

The advent of remote sensing was a boon to the ancient science of phenology.

Satellite data offered a global view of nature’s seasonal life cycles that historical tabulators of budding trees and buzzing bees could scarcely imagine.

From the start, however, remotely sensed phenology has come with caveats.

Date published: June 11, 2018

USGS Hosting Constellation Mission Operations Working Group in Sioux Falls

It sounds like a kind of science-fiction fantasy—space trains chugging along on orbital tracks 705 kilometers above the Earth.

In fact, they are real—in a manner of speaking.

Date published: June 6, 2018

EROS Burn Mapping Crucial in Post-Fire Risk Assessments

It began with a tree falling onto a power line.

There were sparks, then very quickly a wilderness ablaze. In its first 13 hours, the Las Conchas Fire that erupted just west of Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico on June 26, 2011, spread at an acre per second. By the time the last embers died weeks later, it had grown into what then was the largest wildfire in New Mexico history....