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In the 5th edition of Earth as Art, we continue to display the Earth as our eyes cannot see it—in creative combinations of visible and infrared light. These unreal views of farmland, coastlines, and snowscapes remind us of the powerfully artistic qualities of Earth’s land features.
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Earth as Art 4 highlights vibrant images from every continent captured by Landsat 8, which launched in February 2013. Visit the Land of Terror, the Putrid Sea, and see some Cubist art—Landsat style.
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The Landsat 5 and Landsat 7 satellites show intriguing views of the planet’s complex surface in the Earth as Art Three exhibit. Look for a monster, a tiger, a scary face, and something we call Van Gogh from Space.
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The first Earth as Art collection, released in 2001, is made up of both land and cloud formations and even a giant geological formation. Landsat 7, which launched in 1999, was the artist for the original Earth As Art.
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In addition to their scientific value, many satellite images are simply lovely to look at. Satellites capture an incredible variety of views of Earth. See the mesmerizing beauty of river deltas, mountains, and other sandy, salty, and icy landscapes. Some might even remind you of actual famous works of art!
The first edition of Earth As Art was published in 2001. The most recent...
Will oversee Landsat satellite and Earth imaging operations
Landsat 9 Ground System development team members executed the first of a series of Ground Readiness Tests (GRTs) this week as they successfully simulated the communication of command and telemetry data between the Ground Network Element (GNE) at EROS and the Landsat Multi-Satellite...
Two award ceremonies in late January 2019 cast spotlights on the good work being done with Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) by current and former staff of the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center.
With California burning in the fall of 2018, the conversation came up yet once again.
How do we prevent monster fires with names like Camp and Woolsey from torching massive amounts of California landscape—or anywhere else, for that matter? Is it even possible to build fire resistance into the intersection of wildlands and rural developments?
Whether fully or in part, the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center’s fingerprints are all over the National Climate Assessment (NCA) and associated reports that have been released since passage of the U.S. Global Change Research Act of 1990.
The American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting takes place Dec. 10-14 in Washington, D.C. The work of the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center will be well-represented at the weeklong conference. More than half a dozen USGS EROS researchers will lead or participate in sessions, and EROS authors contributed to many others....
When a wildfire rampages through a sagebrush domain, restoring the landscape’s natural vegetation afterward is often a dicey proposition. But now complicate that situation with soil-moisture-robbing drought either before or after the fire. What becomes the best restoration solution then?
For all the great Federal records and remotely sensed products out there that have documented fires across the United States through the decades, it seems almost none have consistently and comprehensively mapped those burned areas across time and space.
At least not until now.
Agencies like NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that commit multiple millions of dollars to put Landsat satellites into space need to know that the spacecraft, the sensors onboard, the ground system operating the satellite, and the launch vehicle are all designed and built the right way.
In the days of Hurricane Florence, when the winds blew, the rains fell, the ocean surged, and the rivers overflowed, the U.S Geological Survey (USGS) and its partners moved quickly to make a difference in people’s lives.
An old economics axiom holds that a rising tide lifts all boats. That may be, but a Sea Level Rise Viewer that has used elevation provided by the USGS’ Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center in parts of the U.S. suggests that rising tides have the power to impact a lot more than just the plight of ships.
The National Water Use Science Project (NWUSP) reports water-use data for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Water Mission Area, under the Water Availability and Use Science Program (WAUSP).