The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center has been an integral part of Earth remote sensing since the launch of Landsat 1 in 1972. As holders of the world’s longest running archive of remotely sensed land data, it is critical that the USGS understand the technical capabilities and comparability of data from various satellite sources.
The RST Project provides independent technical characterization and quality assessment, as well as technical analyses of geometric, radiometric, and spatial characteristics of land remote sensing data. RST also facilitates the assessments of qualities such as operability and usefulness in scientific and other applications. To accomplish these goals, RST works closely with academia, state and local governments, and these agencies:
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
- National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
- U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Results of completed studies and current efforts pertaining to possible data sources to fill a gap in Landsat dataare available, as well as presentations from the Joint Agency Commercial Imagery Evaluation (JACIE) conference and a catalog of worldwide test sites, satellites, and their data characteristics.