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EROS Data Center (EDC)
Maps/Geographic Data
US Geological Survey-USGS, Directories, All Listings
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Data collection and distribution are the business of the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Earth Resources Observation Systems (EROS) Data Center, or the EDC. Besides handling data from several series of satellites, the EDC archives more than 8 million photographs taken from airplanes. The EDC's huge and growing base of earth science information -- the world's largest -- is used by scientists at the EDC itself, within the private sector, and at government institutions and universities around the globe.

          By law, the EDC is home to the National Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive, an immense storehouse of information on land-surface phenomena, now dating back three decades. In recent years the EDC also has become the distributed active archive center, or DAAC, for land processes on behalf of NASA's Mission to Planet Earth.

          With elaborate computer systems, the EDC has developed the means to deliver massive amounts of data over the Internet. This effort has led to the EDC's becoming host to the National Mapping Division's Digital Cartographic Sales Data Base. The institution now is a world leader in information management as well as in earth science.

          The EDC is one of five field centers of the USGS's National Mapping Program. While the other centers work chiefly with various forms of mapping information, the EDC concentrates on remotely sensed earth science image data. The EDC is also home to an Earth Science Information Center through which USGS products can be purchased.

          USGS products can be searched for and indexes can be requested online using EDC's Global Land Information System (WebGLIS ) located at
Mapping/GIS, Remote Sensing

Additional Topics/Tags/Keywords
Directory, Maps, Photographs, Charts, Remote Sensing, Satellite Images

US Department of the Interior (DOI), US Geological Survey (USGS)
47914 252nd Street
Sioux Falls
Primary (605) 594-6511
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United States
Fax:(605) 594-6589
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