Join us for a tour of the USGS EROS Data Center on January 8th and 9th, 2014

This tour is to provide an opportunity to see first-hand a very large remote sensing facility in our ‘backyard’ – the USGS EROS Data Center just northeast of Sioux Falls, SD.   This tour is being arranged by the ASPRS Western Great Lakes Region for geospatial professionals and college students.  The time selected is during the students winter break.  Travel, meals and overnight accommodations are up to the individuals participating in this tour.

Who:  The MN & WI Geospatial Student and Professional Community – both ASPRS members and non-members are welcome.

What: Tour of the 500+ person USGS Earth Resources Observation System Facility – Remote Sensing Science in a Corn Field!


47914 252nd St,
Garretson, SD 57030
Phone:  (605) 594-6511

Dress Code:  casual with winter gear in case you get stuck in a blizzard.

DEADLINE:  If you plan to come, RSVP ASAP to Peter Jenkins so he can get a headcount and to reserve a block of rooms.

Wed. Jan 8, 2014 Agenda 
•am – travel to Eros – about a 4 hour drive from Minneapolis/St. Paul
•1:00pm Meet and Register at EROS Lobby
•1:15 Exec Meeting Room or Auditorium.   Welcome and Overview
•1:30 EROS Tour – VIP
•3:00 Data Services Overview
•3:45 Observing Systems – Landsat 7/8 and Landsat 9 and Beyond
•4:30 Adjoun
•5:15 Register at Country Inn & Suites, Sioux Falls
•6:00 Post Tour Discussion – TBD

Thurs. Jan 9, 2014 Agenda
•8 am – checkout and travel to USGS EROS
•8:30 am Meet and Register at EROS Lobby
•9:00 am Satellite & Sensor Characterization
•9:30 am Topographic Research Overview
•10:00 am Climate Change Overview
•10:30 am Landscape Dynamics Overview
•11:00 am Hazards & Disasters Overview
•11:30 am Exec Meeting Room or Auditorium – Recap
•Noon adjourn and travel back

Suggested Overnight Accommodations

Country Inn & Suites