Data and Tools

Remote Sensing and Landsat

The USGS, in coordination with NASA, operates and distributes data from Landsat satellites, and provides access to the longest continually acquired archive of space-based land remote sensing data. Information derived from Landsat data support government, commercial, industrial, civilian, military, and educational communities throughout the world.  

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Date published: March 26, 2019

Near-Real-Time Cheatgrass Monitoring

The USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center produces near-real-time estimates of annual herbaceous land cover for the Great Basin, Snake River Plain, Wyoming, and contiguous areas in the United States. Estimates are based on enhanced Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (eMODIS) Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) data at 250-meter resolution.

Date published: December 12, 2018

NUPO Data Research

The focus of the data research activities at the National UAS Project Office (NUPO) are on developing the new processing techniques to achieve this higher resolution source data and maximizing the utilization of this data for generating geospatial products to support scientific analysis.

Date published: March 22, 2018

DATA RELEASE - Riparian vegetation, Colorado River, and climate: Five decades of spatiotemporal dynamics in the Grand Canyon with river regulation—Data

These data include image-based classifications of total vegetation from 1965, 1973, 1984, 1992, 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2009, and characteristics of the river channel along the riparian area of the Colorado River between Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Mead Reservoir.

Date published: November 2, 2016

Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET)

The USGS FEWS NET Data Portal provides access to geo-spatial data, satellite image products, and derived data products in support of FEWS NET drought monitoring efforts throughout the world. This portal is provided by the USGS FEWS NET Project, part of the Early Warning Focus Area at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center.

Date published: November 2, 2016

National Land Cover Database (NLCD)

The National Land Cover Database (NLCD) provides nation-wide data on land cover and land cover change at the Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) 30-meter resolution. NLCD provides spatial reference and descriptive data for characteristics of the land surface such as thematic class (e.g., urban, agriculture, and forest), percent impervious surface, and percent tree canopy cover.

Date published: November 1, 2016

Vegetation Drought Response Index (VegDRI)

The VegDRI and QuickDRI are complementary drought monitoring tools that show drought patterns at relatively high spatial detail compared to traditional drought indicators.

Date published: April 27, 2016

Emergency Operations Portal

Explore critical pre- and post-disaster images and datasets online for immediate viewing and downloading. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Emergency Operations, in support of the Department of Homeland Security, provides these images for use in disaster preparations, rescue and relief operations, damage assessments, and reconstruction efforts.

Date published: April 18, 2016

Find and Access Data at EROS

The EROS data archive contains a vast array of satellite imagery, aerial photos, digitized maps, elevation and land cover products, and much more. Most are easily downloadable via the internet.