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USGS Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection (LCMAP) offers a suite of 10 Science Products that depict land cover and spectral change in the conterminous United States. Visit the links below to hear LCMAP scientists on the USGS EROS podcast "Eyes on Earth."

color photo of Roger Auch with the graphic for the USGS EROS podcast Eyes on Earth
Eyes on Earth - Thirty Years of Land Change in the U.S.
Eyes on Earth - Thirty Years of Land Change in the U.S.
Eyes on Earth Episode 69 - Thirty Years of Land Change in the U.S.
Eyes on Earth Episode 69 - Thirty Years of Land Change in the U.S.
color photo of Roger Auch with the graphic for the USGS EROS podcast Eyes on Earth
Eyes on Earth - Thirty Years of Land Change in the U.S.
Eyes on Earth - Thirty Years of Land Change in the U.S.
Eyes on Earth Episode 69 - Thirty Years of Land Change in the U.S.

Land change is a constant. Even land areas that see little major change can see disruptions from storms, heat waves, wildfires, or invasive species. But major changes aren't uncommon, either. Each year in the U.S., farm fields become tracts of suburban homes, wetlands become more permanent bodies of water, and shrublands burn to be replaced with grasslands.

Land change is a constant. Even land areas that see little major change can see disruptions from storms, heat waves, wildfires, or invasive species. But major changes aren't uncommon, either. Each year in the U.S., farm fields become tracts of suburban homes, wetlands become more permanent bodies of water, and shrublands burn to be replaced with grasslands.

Jesslyn Brown (top) and Jennifer Rover with graphic for USGS EROS podcast "Eyes on Earth"
Eyes on Earth - Tracking Landscape Change with LCMAP
Eyes on Earth - Tracking Landscape Change with LCMAP
Eyes on Earth Episode 29 – Tracking Landscape Change with LCMAP
Eyes on Earth Episode 29 – Tracking Landscape Change with LCMAP
Jesslyn Brown (top) and Jennifer Rover with graphic for USGS EROS podcast "Eyes on Earth"
Eyes on Earth - Tracking Landscape Change with LCMAP
Eyes on Earth - Tracking Landscape Change with LCMAP
Eyes on Earth Episode 29 – Tracking Landscape Change with LCMAP

The U.S. Geological Survey took a bold step toward documenting change across the landscape with the launch of the first Landsat satellite in 1972. Since then, it’s collected nearly five decades of imagery. But it takes more than just imagery to understand change. It takes time, effort—and serious computing horsepower.

The U.S. Geological Survey took a bold step toward documenting change across the landscape with the launch of the first Landsat satellite in 1972. Since then, it’s collected nearly five decades of imagery. But it takes more than just imagery to understand change. It takes time, effort—and serious computing horsepower.

Dr. Heather Tollerud with graphic for USGS EROS podcast Eyes on Earth
Eyes on Earth - Meet the Mendenhall Fellow
Eyes on Earth - Meet the Mendenhall Fellow
Eyes on Earth Episode 22 – Meet the Mendenhall Fellow
Eyes on Earth Episode 22 – Meet the Mendenhall Fellow
Dr. Heather Tollerud with graphic for USGS EROS podcast Eyes on Earth
Eyes on Earth - Meet the Mendenhall Fellow
Eyes on Earth - Meet the Mendenhall Fellow
Eyes on Earth Episode 22 – Meet the Mendenhall Fellow

The Mendenhall Program offers a range of two-year post-doctoral research fellowships within the U.S. Geological Survey. Heather Tollerud took advantage of the program in 2015 to study drought and land cover at the USGS EROS Center, and has since become a key player in the Center’s innovative Land Change Monitoring, Assessment and Projection (LCMAP) initiative.

The Mendenhall Program offers a range of two-year post-doctoral research fellowships within the U.S. Geological Survey. Heather Tollerud took advantage of the program in 2015 to study drought and land cover at the USGS EROS Center, and has since become a key player in the Center’s innovative Land Change Monitoring, Assessment and Projection (LCMAP) initiative.