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Science of Terra and Aqua, NASA ROSES Solicitation

By • Dec 10th, 2009 • Category: Highlights, News, Reports

The staff from the Remote Sensing Technologies (RST) Project submitted a notice of intent (NOI) titled “Cross-calibration of the Terra and Aqua MODIS with multiple EO sensors to support long-term studies of the Earth’s land surface” in response to the NASA Research Announcement (NRA) for the NASA Program Announcement Title, The Science of Terra and Aqua. The goal of this proposal is to extend and improve understanding of radiometric cross-calibration of multiple sensors over their entire mission in support of continued long-term studies of the Earth’s land surfaces. Particular emphasis will be placed on the cross-calibration of the Terra and Aqua MODIS sensors with ASTER, MISR, Landsat ETM+, and MetOp AVHRR sensors. The proposed work directly supports the “Land Measurement Team” by addressing the cross-calibration and intercomparison of systematic measurements and data products from the different sensors used to produce a time series. The investigation also supports USGS and NASA’s long-term commitment to Land Remote Sensing (LRS) by specifically creating a bridge between the calibration record of the current Terra and Aqua MODIS sensors and the upcoming NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) and Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Operational Land Imager (OLI) sensors, as well as providing tools and techniques applicable to other current and future sensors. (Gregory L. Stensaas, Sioux Falls, SD, 605-594-2569,

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