Thursday, November 20, 2008

Visiting USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) EROS, Sioux Falls, SD

Together with colleagues, I was at the USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) EROS, Sioux Falls, South Dakota last Monday for a quick tour at the facility. USGS is the nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency. It collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems.

I took some photos while inside the facility, although I was told halfway through the tour that no camera shots must be taken inside. Too late, I already took some. :-)

Our team was led to the receiving station and we witnessed the actual data collection on screen while the LandSat was moving along its path, imaging the United States real time.

We also entered the archive section of the facility. We were told that the public isn't allowed to see some areas of the building, and we were lucky to be given the chance to view the restricted sections. Here are the photos from USGS- EROS.
USGS has become a world leader in the natural sciences thanks to our scientific excellence and responsiveness to society's needs.


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