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Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
USGS EROS has received the Department of the Interior’s Unit Award for Excellence of Service for its leadership as the 2017 Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) Chair Team.
The citation recognizes the team of Jenn Lacey, Steve Labahn, Eric Wood, Gene Fosnight, Tom Cecere, Karen Reiser, and Center Director Dr. Frank Kelly as having distinguished itself by providing what it called exemplary leadership for 60 international space agencies operating over 150 satellites in 2017.
When a wildfire rages across the landscape, the danger seldom ends with a final fading ember.
Dennis Staley understands this. A research physical scientist with the USGS Landslide Hazards Program in Golden, CO, Staley tries to figure out where that danger lurks after the fire dies. Where are debris flows likely to start on charred mountainsides? How much rain would unleash a muddy slurry of water, soil, vegetation, and boulders down steep slopes? How large might such a potential debris flow be?
USGS EROS staff will spend the next five months finalizing the ground system design and preparing for integration of the Landsat 9 system after the mission earned high marks for its critical design from a Standing Review Board (SRB) that met April 17-20 at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD.
Recently retired EROS Chief Scientist Tom Loveland has been selected for enshrinement in the South Dakota Hall of Fame.
“I think it’s very cool,” Loveland said of learning that he is among 10 inductees who will be enshrined into the Hall of Fame on Sept. 7-8 in Chamberlain. SD. “Obviously, you never anticipate something like this happening to you. But it certainly is an honor I appreciate very much.”
In the upper Klamath River Basin of southern Oregon, USGS scientist Gabriel Senay and his colleagues at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center are working to help solve this vexing riddle:
When it comes to water, when does less really mean more?
An eight-year effort to repatriate millions of Landsat scenes locked away in ground station outposts around the world reached a milestone in March 2018 when the 5 millionth such scene was recently ingested and placed in the archive at EROS.
The data came from the Riyadh Ground Station in Saudi Arabia and was acquired by Landsat 5 on April 16, 1989. It shows an area over Bahrain, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.
In the old days, before 2008, a view of planet Earth from space often came at a cost.
Want a Multispectral Scanner digital image in 1979 from Landsat 2? That’s $200. A Thematic Mapper image from Landsat 5 in 1995? The commercial company EOSAT that was operating the Landsat system at the time needed $4,000 a scene to recoup its costs.
It might seem at first blush that developing and building a ground system for the upcoming Landsat 9 mission would be less complicated than past missions, particularly since L9 is often characterized as a repeat of Landsat 8.
Far from it, say USGS EROS Landsat Development Manager Brian Sauer and USGS L9 Ground System Manager Steve Zahn.
The future of Landsat mission operations is unfolding these days on the Goddard Space Flight Center campus against a backdrop of hammers swinging and nails being driven.
With the General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) field office in Seabrook, MD, working full bore to figure out as many commonalities between the Landsat 8 and Landsat 9 missions as possible, work is well under way on the shuffling required to bring those multiple missions together into one new architecture.
At 186,000 miles per second, speeding pulses of light can reveal a lot about Earth’s landscapes.
Like where previously undetected fault lines exist. Where ground surface is swelling and sinking around a bubbling volcanic cauldron. Where ancient burial mounds lay hidden deep beneath forest canopies.