Mission Areas

Land Resources

Understanding a changing world and how it affects our natural resources, livelihoods, and communities. Science plays an essential role in helping communities and resource managers understand the local to global implications of change, anticipate the effects of change, prepare for change, and reduce the risks associated with decisionmaking in a changing environment.

EROS Center

EROS Center

The Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center is responsible for satellite operations, including Landsat, and performs image data collection, archiving, processing, and distribution.

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The biologic carbon sequestration assessment program (LandCarbon) studies ecosystem carbon cycle research topics, investigates carbon management science needs, and develops monitoring methods.

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Data and Tools

Land Resources supports the science community with its long-term observational networks and extensive databases encompassing the fields of climate history, land-use and land-cover change, and carbon and nutrient cycles.

Data Discovery

Global Ecosystems


Date published: March 23, 2020

Mapping Near-Surface Permafrost: EROS Work Important for Studying Arctic

Imagine, Neal Pastick says, if the infrastructure under your house disappeared. If the concrete forms or block basement walls disintegrated over time, and your house collapsed. That’s an apt analogy, Pastick says, to what’s happening with the degradation of permafrost in Alaska today.

Date published: March 19, 2020

LCMAP Promises New Insight on Land Surface Change

Landsat satellite imagery has been a boon to the study of the Earth’s surface for nearly five decades, but researchers at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center have only recently begun to tap into the full potential of its long historical record.

Date published: March 18, 2020

Landsat Science Team Briefed on Landsat 9 Development, Landsat 7 End of Life, and More

Landsat Science Team (LST) members meeting in early February in Phoenix, AZ, were briefed or provided input on a number of important issues involving the Landsat program—everything from updates on Landsat 9 development to the implications of Landsat 7’s orbit change.


Year Published: 2020

In recent years, researchers from interdisciplinary teams involving ecologists, economists and operations re- searchers collaborated to provide decision support tools to address the challenges of preserving biodiversity by optimizing the design of reserves. The goal of this paper is to further advance this area of research and provide new...

Sierra-Altamiranda, Alvaro; Charkhgard, Hadi; Eaton, Mitchell; Martin, Julien; Yurek, Simeon; Udell, Bradley J.

Year Published: 2020

狠狠噜天天噜日日噜The first Global Assessment of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services found widespread, accelerating declines in Earth’s biodiversity and associated benefits to people from nature. Addressing these trends will require science-based policy responses to reduce impacts, especially at national to local...

Ruckelshaus, Mary H.; Jackson, Stephen T.; Mooney, Harold A.; Jacobs, Katharine L.; Kassam, Karim- Aly S.; Arroyo, Mary T. K.; Báldi, András; Bartuska, Ann M.; Boyd, James W.; Joppa, Lucas N.; Kovács-Hostyánszki, Anikó; Petraglia Parsons, Jill; Scholes, Robert J.; Shogren, Jason F.; Ouyang, Zhiyun

Year Published: 2020

Decision support systems, which are collections of related information located in a central place, can be used as platforms from which climate information can be shared with decision-makers. In this study, a web-based climate decision support system (DSS) for foresters in the Southeast United States was evaluated using eye-tracking technology. The...

Mauldin, Lindsay C.; McNeal, Karen; Aldridge, Heather D; Davis, Corey; Boyles, Ryan; Atkins, Rachel M.