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Daily Global Observations of the Earth: From AVHRR To MODIS And On To VIIRS Chris Elvidge NOAA National Geophysical Data Center

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1 Daily Global Observations of the Earth: From AVHRR To MODIS And On To VIIRS Chris Elvidge NOAA National Geophysical Data Center

2 MODIS Blue Marble – From GSFC

3 Why: The earth systems are in constant motion. The earth systems are in constant motion. Long term daily observation of the entire earth which can be used to establish baselines, from which it is possible detect and measure regional to global scale environmental changes. Long term daily observation of the entire earth which can be used to establish baselines, from which it is possible detect and measure regional to global scale environmental changes.

4 How: Imaging sensors on polar orbiting satellites provide consistent sun-synchronous observation of the earth at a spatial and spectral resolution suitable for observing: Imaging sensors on polar orbiting satellites provide consistent sun-synchronous observation of the earth at a spatial and spectral resolution suitable for observing: –Clouds and aerosols. –Snow and ice. –Ocean color and temperature. –Land surface, vegetation and fire.

5 Disadvantages of Geostationary Satellite Data: Orbits at 35,000 km make it difficult to acquire sub-kilometer resolution imagery. Orbits at 35,000 km make it difficult to acquire sub-kilometer resolution imagery. Global constellation with spectral bands suitable for air, land, sea and ice observations has not been achieved. Global constellation with spectral bands suitable for air, land, sea and ice observations has not been achieved. No polar coverage. No polar coverage.

6 Fourteen orbits per day – global coverage

7 A Long Term Record Of Daily Global Observations of the Earth: AVHRR – Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer flown on NOAAs Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellites from 1978 to the present. AVHRR – Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer flown on NOAAs Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellites from 1978 to the present. MODIS – MODerate resolution imaging spectrometer flown on NASA Earth Observing System (Terra and Aqua satellites since December MODIS – MODerate resolution imaging spectrometer flown on NASA Earth Observing System (Terra and Aqua satellites since December VIIRS – Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite – to be flown on the NOAA-NASA-DOD National Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) with first launch expected in VIIRS – Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite – to be flown on the NOAA-NASA-DOD National Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) with first launch expected in

8 Science Driven Improvements From AVHRR - Spectral Resolution AVHRR Five Bands Vis, NIR, MIR, and two TIR MODIS 36 Bands VIIRS 20 Bands The best of the MODIS Bands.

9 Science Driven Improvements From AVHRR – Spatial Resolution AVHRR Four km GAC One km LAC & HRPT MODIS Internested Bands at 250 m 500 m And 1 km VIIRS 15 bands at 800 m Five bands At 400 m

10 Science Driven Improvements From AVHRR – Geolocation Accuracy AVHRR Variable. GCPs Frequently Utilized. MODIS Sub- Kilometer. VIIRS Sub- Kilometer.

11 Science Driven Improvements From AVHRR – Radiometric Calibration AVHRR Inadequate On-board calibration. MODIS Very good On-board Calibration. VIIRS Very good On-board calibration.

12 Raw Data Volume. Raw Data Volume. AVHRR 4 GB / day. MODIS 70 GB /day. VIIRS 150 GB / day.

13 Who Started Archiving AVHRR Data? NASA. NOAA started its archiving effort years later. NASA. NOAA started its archiving effort years later.

14 Who Pioneered the Non- Meteorological Applications For AVHRR Data? NASA. NOAA focused on the weather community, who needed global observations in near real time. NASA. NOAA focused on the weather community, who needed global observations in near real time.

15 MODIS Imagery Ice, frozen land & clouds

16 MODIS Imagery British Columbia

17 MODIS Imagery Mozambuique Channel

18 MODIS Imagery Florida

19 Summary NASA and NOAA have built a long record of daily global observations of the earth. NASA and NOAA have built a long record of daily global observations of the earth. The NASA-MODIS instrument provides data that are substantially better than the NOAA-AVHRR. The NASA-MODIS instrument provides data that are substantially better than the NOAA-AVHRR. The VIIRS instruments will continue MODIS style observations into the next decade and beyond. The VIIRS instruments will continue MODIS style observations into the next decade and beyond. Establishing and operating new archives for MODIS and VIIRS for global environmental change research would require a very large effort in data transfer, data storage, and data processing. Establishing and operating new archives for MODIS and VIIRS for global environmental change research would require a very large effort in data transfer, data storage, and data processing.


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