National Land Imaging Program RSS feed of news related to National Land Imaging Program en Atmospheric Auxiliary Data Changes Affect Landsat 8-9 Level 2 Surface Reflectance Processing;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Landsat Collection 2 Level 2 product processing requires auxiliary atmospheric characterization data from multiple external sources. Landsat 8 and Landsat 9 surface reflectance data acquired on October 1, 2023, and onward will utilize a different source of atmospheric characterization data than what has been used previously.</p> Thu, 28 Sep 2023 13:31:50 EDT a0fd6634-5fd6-4c10-8f2d-d824f9c3b0ec ( U.S. Geological Survey Using the Power of Landsat and Digital Earth Tools to Understand Coastlines in Australia and Africa;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>How leading-edge Landsat based Earth observation products and tools are helping us to understand Africa’s and Australia’s coastlines. This is the first in a series of four articles showcasing the socio-economic benefits of Digital Earth Africa and Australia products and services, through user case studies and impact stories.</p> Wed, 27 Sep 2023 20:30:22 EDT 3ffe92eb-fa83-4ff4-87c7-6a7e41003264 ( U.S. Geological Survey New Paper Promotes the 50-year Landsat Collection 2 Archive;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Recognizing the need for consistently processed remotely sensed data, the USGS initiated collections-based processing to ensure superior radiometric and geometric quality through time and across all Landsat instruments. In 2016, the entire Level-1 data archive were processed as Collection 1. In preparation for Landsat 9, the USGS archive was reprocessed as Collection 2 in 2020.</p> Mon, 25 Sep 2023 15:33:10 EDT 80fe3e90-7097-416c-b012-a04948e21f9f ( U.S. Geological Survey EROS 50th History: Responding to Disasters;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Landsat satellites captured vivid imagery of the massive fires blazing across Canada earlier this year: orange flames, ugly burn scars, thick smoke.</p> <p>The U.S. Geological Survey’s Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center was ready to share relevant images and data as quickly as possible to agencies responding to the fires.</p> Thu, 14 Sep 2023 15:00:00 EDT 0470f67c-8218-473e-9b4e-9a30c0bf095c ( U.S. Geological Survey Upcoming Webinar to Highlight Landsat;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>The USGS EROS User Experience Webinar series includes presentations about data products as well as useful tools and services that impact users of data accessed from the USGS EROS archive. </p> <p>The next webinar in the series, “<strong>Landsat: Products &amp; Services from the USGS</strong>” will be held <strong>Tuesday, September 26, 2023, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. CDT</strong>. </p> Mon, 11 Sep 2023 07:34:59 EDT d1046755-c8cf-442d-91ae-6e582b2fd79c ( U.S. Geological Survey EROS 50th History: Landsat Unites USGS and NASA;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Inspired by early images of the Earth from space, the Department of the Interior and the USGS had a bold idea in the 1960s to launch a satellite to keep a constant eye on Earth. But they needed NASA’s help to pull it off. </p> Tue, 5 Sep 2023 09:27:10 EDT b8061474-ad47-4838-a634-67378722f4be ( U.S. Geological Survey Celebrating a Half-Century at EROS;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>A half-century of capturing satellite imagery, teaching interpretation, and discovering new land change science distinguishes the USGS Earth Resource and Observation Science (EROS) Center. Celebrate 50 years of data and science with our newly published 50th anniversary website, complete with videos, timelines, articles, podcast episodes, and more! </p> Fri, 1 Sep 2023 09:18:32 EDT a66a20fc-6c0f-40e6-b5a8-126cc7f72af8 ( U.S. Geological Survey Landsat Ground Station Operators Working Group 51st Meeting Held in Norway;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>The USGS Landsat International Cooperator Network, in coordination with the Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) and the Norwegian Space Agency (NOSA), met for the Landsat Ground Station Operators Working Group (LGSOWG) #51 meeting in Tromsø and Svalbard, Norway during the first week of August. </p> Thu, 31 Aug 2023 12:48:57 EDT 21bc2a90-8261-4cdb-a655-874e8aeeaff5 ( U.S. Geological Survey EROS 50th History: Library Provides Mission Support;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Fifty years ago, Don Lee Kulow’s personal remote sensing library laid the foundation for today’s library at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, part of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).</p> Wed, 30 Aug 2023 09:50:11 EDT af9dc49d-4270-4039-8174-14b1d3a060e7 ( U.S. Geological Survey USGS EROS Celebrates 50 Years of a Mission that Matters;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Fifty years ago, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) brought people together to work in a new government facility surrounded by South Dakota farm fields. The mission: act as stewards for land remote sensing imagery, especially the scenes collected by the fledgling Landsat satellite, and help people around the world make sense of it to benefit themselves and the planet.</p> Wed, 23 Aug 2023 15:09:00 EDT ab0edeab-dee0-426b-bd93-f48e5703c1a2 ( U.S. Geological Survey EROS 50th History: Helping the World Through Science;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Millions of people in the United States and billions around the world live unaware that employees of a far-off USGS facility surrounded by South Dakota farm fields are working every day, in many different ways, to help improve their lives—and have been for decades.</p> Thu, 17 Aug 2023 09:27:59 EDT c26fd4fe-377e-42a0-9209-26f59827034c ( U.S. Geological Survey EROS 50th History: Computers at the Center;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>At an average 64 gigabytes, the smartphone in your pocket or purse has 1 million times more storage than the first computer used by the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center: a 60 kilobyte IBM 360-30.</p> Tue, 15 Aug 2023 14:47:38 EDT 43419ac6-3003-4c08-8f20-67df8f73d889 ( U.S. Geological Survey As USGS EROS Turns 50, Director Embraces Future;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Dr. Pete Doucette came to the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center in 2019 from the USGS in Reston, Virginia, to lead the Integrated Science and Applications Branch—and, he suspects, to “shake things up a little bit.”</p> Mon, 14 Aug 2023 04:30:35 EDT 193a5549-57b4-438e-b69e-2b12b7684b09 ( U.S. Geological Survey EROS 50th History: A Leader in Mapping Land Cover and Change;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>We become intimately familiar with the land where we live, work and play. The backyard maple where three baby robins left their nest on the fourth branch up this summer. The depression in a farm field that frequently stays too wet for a good yield. The patch of prairie in a favorite state park where wildflowers bloom freely.</p> Wed, 9 Aug 2023 08:29:12 EDT 73cdb824-f702-4d41-bee6-b114dad67e98 ( U.S. Geological Survey Continuing the Tradition – Announcing the Latest in Land Cover from USGS;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>The USGS has again deployed its decades of experience in land cover mapping with the release of the latest version of the National Land Cover Database (NLCD), the definitive land cover database for the United States.</p> Wed, 2 Aug 2023 12:24:59 EDT eca0744b-cee7-46a7-a7c8-4d2ca5f43289 ( U.S. Geological Survey NLCD 2021 Now Available;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in association with the Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics (MRLC) Consortium, is pleased to announce the completion and release of the latest epoch of the National Land Cover Database (NLCD) for the conterminous U.S.—NLCD 2021.</p> Mon, 31 Jul 2023 08:00:00 EDT aefdd470-ea16-46ac-a9ea-121c058ba0a5 ( U.S. Geological Survey USGS Uncrewed Aircraft Team Visits USGS EROS;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>A small fleet of drones recently buzzed through the sky over the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center.</p> <p>The EROS Cal/Val Center of Excellence (ECCOE) invited the USGS National Uncrewed Systems Office (NUSO) to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to evaluate how data captured by NUSO’s aircraft match up with data captured by satellites during direct flyovers.</p> Wed, 26 Jul 2023 16:23:27 EDT 6b385d51-ba9b-403d-aafa-973e4d357e1b ( U.S. Geological Survey EROS 50th History: Conservation at the Center;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>From their lofty orbit hundreds of miles above, Landsat satellites leave little imprint on the Earth they continuously monitor—although their data help humans decide how best to preserve their planet.</p> Tue, 25 Jul 2023 12:43:19 EDT 87df33eb-9813-4f1c-a146-8de726cdaefe ( U.S. Geological Survey EROS 50th History: University Collaborations;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>From early on, the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center forged relationships and connections with universities that ultimately became symbiotic.</p> <p>EROS, which celebrates 50 years this year, has offered training and technology opportunities to faculty and students, while also benefiting from university research and skilled graduates-turned-employees.</p> Thu, 20 Jul 2023 17:20:24 EDT 09330b0c-0627-4e6e-98ad-c8e88fc013be ( U.S. Geological Survey EROS 50th History, 2000-2023: Data and Science Surge;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>As a new millennium dawned, the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center looked forward to a future full of new data and new science.</p> Tue, 11 Jul 2023 14:53:39 EDT 8a66888f-ed49-4957-8746-23f0e29cbccf ( U.S. Geological Survey EROS 50th History, 1980-1999: Through Uncertainty to a Firm Footing;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>Mount St. Helens erupted May 18, 1980, spewing ash into the atmosphere, flattening forests for miles and killing 57 people.</p> <p>When the ash settled, Landsat captured the aftermath. And the archive at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center proved its value once again, with vivid before and after images showing the extent of the devastation.</p> Wed, 5 Jul 2023 15:32:11 EDT c8c87778-67e4-44f3-944f-1a10e61b584f ( U.S. Geological Survey EROS 50th History, 1966-1979: How Sioux Falls Ingenuity Secured the Center;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>“We’ll give the land.”</p> <p>When a member of the Sioux Falls business community blurted out that promise in Washington, D.C., in early 1970, it tipped the scales in the city’s favor: Sioux Falls, South Dakota, would be the future home of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center.</p> Thu, 29 Jun 2023 17:45:00 EDT bac24324-bab5-4349-bcc4-ab540f46eb71 ( U.S. Geological Survey USGS Seeks Remote Sensing Education, Outreach and Research Proposals;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p><em>The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is currently soliciting project proposals for a Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 grant, the National Land Remote Sensing Education, Outreach and Research grant activity, and is authorized to award up to $1,465,000 for the first year.</em></p> Wed, 21 Jun 2023 12:34:59 EDT e95d9fc0-ad03-48f6-ba0b-195a94d2c92b ( U.S. Geological Survey Upcoming Interruption to Landsat Commercial Cloud Access and Product Downloads;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>From 8:00 a.m. CDT Tuesday, June 27th to 4:00 p.m. CDT Wednesday June 28th, access to some Landsat Collection 2 products will be unavailable while required maintenance updates are made to the Amazon Web Service commercial cloud infrastructure at the USGS EROS Center.</p> Mon, 19 Jun 2023 12:00:00 EDT 4b052708-a17c-4594-8545-0f34e6ed3d82 ( U.S. Geological Survey Tree Canopy Cover Product Added to National Land Cover Database;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>A newly released Tree Canopy Cover product adds a helpful layer of information to the definitive land cover product National Land Cover Database (NLCD), generated at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center in partnership with other agencies.</p> Fri, 2 Jun 2023 14:02:45 EDT b5c2ae8f-3f62-4ef6-91dd-467feb12e116 ( U.S. Geological Survey RCMAP Adds Tree Data to Help ... Sage-Grouse?;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>A science project that studies ground cover in rangelands across the West has set its sights higher, adding tree cover data to help protect the greater sage-grouse—a species that spends most of its time in sage shrublands.</p> Wed, 31 May 2023 16:33:41 EDT 21f6dc17-d82b-4f3e-ae75-41e71345ca5c ( U.S. Geological Survey Landsat 9 Data Reprocessing Complete, Level-3 Products Now Available;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>The effort to reprocess all Landsat 9 data held in the USGS EROS Archive since launch is now completed, and for the first time, has enabled the availability of Landsat 9 Level-3 Science Products.</p> Thu, 18 May 2023 12:05:09 EDT 060a541d-3362-4ad6-b733-f386a0ac77f9 ( U.S. Geological Survey Moon Impacts Recent Landsat 9 Thermal Imagery;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>The USGS/NASA Landsat Calibration and Validation Team discovered that four Landsat 9 Earth image intervals acquired on May 10, 2023, were impacted by the presence of the Moon in the calibration data.</p> Fri, 12 May 2023 09:04:23 EDT 5ac90e85-3239-45b3-a839-b435f434a9c9 ( U.S. Geological Survey GOES-16 ABI Added to Land Product Characterization System;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>The USGS Land Product Characterization System allows for the trending of system characterizations for various sensors, and provides the ability to do comparative analysis of Earth observation satellite data and products.  A recent update includes the addition of the NOAA Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES)-16 Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI).</p> Wed, 3 May 2023 15:05:22 EDT 7612aabd-993c-4405-a6d4-4a02146cf58e ( U.S. Geological Survey Landsat 8 Level-1 Product Processing Resumes;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=news <p>The processing of Landsat 8 Level-1 products has resumed, following a brief pause due to an error that occurred during a standard calibration collect by the satellite’s Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) on Friday April 21, 2023.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2023 11:54:06 EDT 74e1513c-2272-4e17-a11f-1b1b1290b61a ( U.S. Geological Survey