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Fact Sheet 2013–3100

National Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive

By J.L. Faundeen, F.P. Kelly, T.M. Holm, and J.E. Nolt

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The National Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive (NSLRSDA) resides at the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. Through the Land Remote Sensing Policy Act of 1992, the U.S. Congress directed the Department of the Interior (DOI) to establish a permanent Government archive containing satellite remote sensing data of the Earth's land surface and to make this data easily accessible and readily available. This unique DOI/USGS archive provides a comprehensive, permanent, and impartial observational record of the planet's land surface obtained throughout more than five decades of satellite remote sensing. Satellite-derived data and information products are primary sources used to detect and understand changes such as deforestation, desertification, agricultural crop vigor, water quality, invasive plant species, and certain natural hazards such as flood extent and wildfire scars.

First posted December 19, 2013

For additional information contact:
Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
U.S. Geological Survey
47914 252nd Street
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57198

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Suggested citation:

Faundeen, J.L., Kelly, F.P., Holm, T.M., and Nolt, J.E., 2013, National Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2013-3100, 2 p.,

ISSN 2327-6932 (online)




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