60 Geography Department alumni on EROS team

Close to 60 EROS scientists are SDSU Geography Department alumni.  For 40 years, the U.S. Geological Service, working with NASA, has been streaming images of the surface of the planet through a series of Landsat satellites. In February, Landsat 8, a new satellite in the series was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. This will allow U.S. Geological Survey Center for Earth Resources Observation and Science, commonly known as EROS, to continue monitoring the Earth’s environments. Using Landsat data, scientists and policymakers can map the sprawl of a new housing development or look at the influence of climate over long periods on the timing of the start of spring.

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