EROS Products, Programs Could Prove Useful with Hurricane Florence

NASA Astronaut Ricky Arnold aboard the International Space Station took this image of Hurricane Florence as it gained strength in the Atlantic Ocean.

The EROS Center could very well end up playing several significant roles in dealing with the monstrous hurricane called Florence now barreling down on the Carolinas and American’s Eastern Seaboard.

The International Charter on Space and Major Disasters was activated on Sept. 11 in response to Florence. That means Federal, state, and local agencies will be able to access images from Landsat and other remote-sensing systems through the Hazard Data Distribution System (HDDS) housed at EROS.

Loveland Enters South Dakota Hall of Fame

Tom Loveland speaks during his induction into the South Dakota Hall of Fame on Sept. 8, 2018, in Chamberlain, SD.

Tom Loveland, the recently retired chief scientist at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, was inducted Sept. 7-8, 2018, into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in Chamberlain, SD, for his career and work in remote sensing.

As the first career employee at EROS to be so honored, Loveland told the 500 people gathered at the Arrowwood Cedar Shore Resort near Chamberlain that his recognition was testimony to the incredible work being done at the Center.

NOAA's Sea Level Rise Viewer Uses CoNED, EROS for Challenging Mapping in Louisiana

Doug Marcy with NOAA's Office of Coastal Management

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.

EROS Discussion Focuses on Irrigation as Part of the National Water Census

EROS Scientist Gabriel Senay

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). Data are compiled and estimated for the U.S. every five years as part of the National Water Census, which offers a treasure-trove report on water-use information in America—everything from irrigation to domestic, power production to aquaculture. Where the water is. How it’s being used. Even how that use is changing over time.

Hazards Data Distribution System Releases Thousands of Aerial Images of Kilauea Impact

Lava flows through what was a residential area of Leilani Estates in Hawaii on June 16, 2018. The photo is among the 14,464 taken as “ground truth” data for a 3D elevation mapping mission in areas around the Kilauea caldera. All the imagery is available to the public through the Hazards Data Distribution System.

The eruptive behavior of the Kilauea volcano that began in May 2018 on Hawaii’s Big Island has created an unparalleled opportunity for understanding volcanic systems.

The months-long event marks the first major summit eruption on Kilauea in nearly a century and the largest summit collapse since at least 1800. Lava flows have slowed but continue today, four months after the activity began.

Staff Shares EROS Story, Sharpens Communication Skills Through OLLI

EROS presenters often speak at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute—or OLLI, for short—in Sioux Falls. OLLI organizes short-term, non-credit classes that are taken primarily by retired adults interested in continuing their learning in areas as diverse as history and current events, health, creative arts, literature and writing, and science and technology.

When they step out of their science or engineering realms, staff members at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center near Sioux Falls, SD, often tell a different story about the work they do.

In many ways, a more interesting story.

Landsat 9 Ground System Moves from Design to Development and Beyond

With Critical Design Reviews done on the three elements of the Landsat 9 Ground System, EROS staff is now moving into developing, building, integrating, and testing the elements and their subsystems.

The design work is done. The development, off and running. With a Dec. 15, 2020, launch date penciled in for Landsat 9, the business of building the L9 Ground System is ready to springboard off a final Ground System Critical Design Review being hosted by the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center at the end of September.

Landsat Adds Value, Reliability to Cubesat Imagery

Vegetation readings from an alfalfa field, created by fusing Planet Labs data with data from from Landsat-8 and NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS).

Over the past five years, private companies have launched hundreds of shoebox-sized Earth observation “cubesat” satellites into space with promises of high-resolution daily imagery.

The rapid emergence of smallsats begs the question: What role does a legacy satellite like Landsat play in the development and use of these relatively inexpensive orbiters?

Recent research suggests Landsat offers the same value it’s offered to generations of satellite developers: A gold standard for calibration that adds value and reliability to other satellite systems.