Remote Sensing Technologies

understanding the technologies needed to sense our world

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Remote Sensing Technologies

The Remote Sensing Technologies (RST) Project has been established to provide technical expertise and services to the USGS and partners across government, industry, and academia, with focus on satellite sensors’ capabilities, reliability, and accuracy.



USGS​ Optical Science Laboratory​ (OSL)​»

The USGS Optical Science Laboratory (OSL) is closing April 1, 2017. The OSL will accept camera calibration requests through 3:00 pm, December 30, 2016.  Any request after that shall not be considered.  Please see closure announcement here.

RST Project supports global quality standards for earth observation data»

Through its involvement in the Committee on Earth Observing Satellites (CEOS) Working Group on Calibration and Validation (WGCV), the USGS Remote Sensing Technologies (RST) Project has strongly supported the development of common standards to assure the quality of earth observing data. These standards, known as QA4EO – Quality Assurance for Earth Observation – are under […]

IEEE TGRS Special Issue on “Inter-Calibration of Satellite Instruments”»

Guest Editors: Gyanesh Chander, Tim Hewison, Nigel Fox, Xiangqian (Fred) Wu, Xiaoxiong (Jack) Xiong, William J. Blackwell This special journal issue will focus on how inter-calibration and comparison between sensors can provide an effective and convenient means of verifying post-launch sensor performance and correcting the differences. The guest editors invite submissions that explore topics including, […]

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