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Terrestrial remote sensing science and algorithms planned for EOS/MODIS

January 1, 1994

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) will be the primary daily global monitoring sensor on the NASA Earth Observing System (EOS) satellites, scheduled for launch on the EOS-AM platform in June 1998 and the EOS-PM platform in December 2000. MODIS is a 36 channel radiometer covering 0·415-14·235 μm wavelengths, with spatial resolution from 250 m to 1 km at nadir. MODIS will be the primary EOS sensor for providing data on terrestrial biospheric dynamics and process activity. This paper presents the suite of global land products currently planned for EOSDIS implementation, to be developed by the authors of this paper, the MODIS land team (MODLAND). These include spectral albedo, land cover, spectral vegetation indices, snow and ice cover, surface temperature and fire, and a number of biophysical variables that will allow computation of global carbon cycles, hydrologic balances and biogeochemistry of critical greenhouse gases. Additionally, the regular global coverage of these variables will allow accurate surface change detection, a fundamental determinant of global change.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1994
Title Terrestrial remote sensing science and algorithms planned for EOS/MODIS
DOI 10.1080/01431169408954346
Authors S. W. Running, C.O. Justice, V.V. Salomonson, D. Hall, J. Barker, Y. J. Kaufmann, Alan H. Strahler, A.R. Huete, Jan-Peter Muller, V. Vanderbilt, Z. Wan, P. Teillet, David M. Geological Survey (U.S.) Ohlen Carneggie
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title International Journal of Remote Sensing
Index ID 70187029
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center