Registering for the USGS Emergency Operations Collection Management Tool

Registering for the USGS Emergency Operations Collection Management Tool

December 29, 2019 0 By Kailee Schamberger


Lesson 13B – USGS Emergency Operations Collection
Management Tool This lesson is comprised of instructions on
how to register for access to the Collection Management Tool through the EROS Registration
System (ERS), how to navigate around the Collection Management Tool, or CMT and finally, How to
Submit a Data Acquisition Request (DAR). Remotely sensed datasets such as satellite
imagery and aerial photography can be invaluable resources to support the response to and recovery
from emergency events such as floods, earthquakes, landslides, wildfires, and other natural or
human-induced disasters. When disasters strike there is often an urgent
need and high demand for coordinated, rapid acquisition and distribution of pre- and post-event
geospatial products and remotely sensed imagery. These products and images are necessary to
record change and analyze the impacts of and facilitate the response to rapidly changing
conditions on the ground. The emergency response community did not have
an easy way to view available image resources and task new collections where acquisition
gaps existed. In response to this need, the USGS Earth Resources
Observation and Science (EROS) Center created the Collection Management Tool (CMT) as a
component of the overall EROS Emergency Operations Hazards Data Distribution System (HDDS). The primary purpose of the CMT is to develop
a central requirements/collections entry and collection management platform that will allow
responsible parties to view, input, and update their requirements, view collection plans
(as available), and monitor incoming HDDS imagery in support of the requirements. The input requirements will be accessible
by all responding agencies. The tool will provide timely information and
support linkages to HDDS, so all interested users (and other vendors) will be aware of
image collection plans, status, and availability during the course of an event response. Visit http://eros.usgs.gov/lir/Home to see
examples of how other Bureaus within the USGS are using remotely sensed data. Now let’s create an account for the collection
management tool. You need to create an account to use the Emergency
Operations collection management tool unless you already have an HDDS or Earth Explorer
account. If so, you can use your HDDS or Earth Explorer
credentials to login to the collection management tool. If not, Click on login and then “Create
New Account”. Having an account will also allow you to access
Earth Explorer and the Hazards Data Distribution System (HDDS. The Registration process requires users to
create user credentials, demographic information and contact information. Once registered with collection management
tool, only the ‘Login’ process is required in future sessions. Benefits of registering for this service include
the use of additional tools within each of the websites and it also allows the EROS Data
Center to collect statistics on data applications and organizations using remotely sensed data. Type the address information in the Address
page. The address information is used only for contact
information; however, some HDDS and Earth Explorer data products require shipping information
to deliver products. Address information is not shared with any
commercial or other government agencies. Please refer to the USGS/DOI Privacy Policy
concerning how this information is used. The Contact and Demographic Information page
allows you to enter your affiliation and identify uses of the data. This information is used to gather statistics
on data applications and types of organizations using remotely-sensed data. An email will be sent to you to confirm that
your account has been activated. Click the link to confirm your registration
then return to the collection management tool main interface. Once logged in new items appear in the banner. Uploaded files and added WMS can be accessed
under settings. All of the information in this video is also
covered on the Help page. The ‘Profile’ option allows users to modify
profile information. You can change your contact information, demographics
and password. The username cannot be modified.