Land Resources


Land Resources programs deliver the data and products needed to provide a scientific foundation for decisions concerning the management of and investments in natural and built landscapes, and how they might be adapted to secure the Nation’s interests. This includes providing continued access to high-quality remote sensing data related to risk-management decisions for the Nation.

Climate Adaptation Science Centers

The National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs) work with natural and cultural resource managers to gather the scientific information and build the tools needed to help fish, wildlife and ecosystems adapt to the impacts of climate change. The domain of the CASC network covers the entire continental U.S., Alaska, Hawai'i, the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands, and the U.S. Caribbean.

Land Change Science

Changes in the environment, land use, and climate can have significant impacts on our Nation’s economy, natural resources, infrastructure, and water, food, and energy security. To strengthen our Nation’s ability to respond and adapt to these stressors, the USGS Land Change Science Program conducts research to improve understanding of rates, causes, and consequences of climate and land use change.

National Land Imaging

The National Land Imaging (NLI) program delivers remote sensing observation capacity, data, and research to inform land and resource managers around the Country while improving understanding of how landscapes and associated natural resources are changing at global and regional scales. It directly and in coordination with operators of other satellites and Earth-imaging platforms, collects, archives, processes and distributes a broad array of data from near-Earth and satellite-based remote sensing platforms.