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Research

  • Arizona Regional Image Archive (ARIA)
    ARIA is an interdisciplinary resource system for digital image and map data for the Sonoran desert region, including the US Southwest and northern Mexico. Its focus is climate variability and change. Located at the University of Arizona.
  • ASTER Instrument
    Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) is an imaging instrument that flies on the Terra satellite. It will be used to obtain detailed maps of land surface temperature, emissivity, reflectance and elevation. Its ability to serve as a 'zoom' lens for other instruments will be particularly important.
  • BIGFOOT: Characterizing Land Cover, Leaf Area Index, FPAR, and NPP
    Funded by NASA's Terrestrial Ecology Program to validate the MODLand products. BIGFOOT has four field sites: a boreal forest, a tallgrass prairie, a mixed deciduous-conifer forest, and a mixed corn and soybean agricultural system. The sites have active science programs concentrating on CO2, water vapor, and energy exchange over a "footprint" of land. They will develop fine-grain surfaces of land cover and other data to compare with MODLand products.
  • Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions
    Investigates processes governing exchanges of energy, water, carbon and trace gases between the terrestrial biosphere and the atmosphere, to model changes in climate and the carbon cycle over the next 50-100 years as Earth responds to changes in atmospheric composition and land use.
  • CalPhotos Image Retrieval
    CalPhotos is a system for content-based image retrieval. Users can query for photographs based on their location or the objects they contain. Includes land, air, and water images.
  • Canada Center for Remote Sensing
    CCRS research areas for the Center include agriculture, land use and land cover; disaster and environmental monitoring; and forestry, geology, hydrology and marine mapping. Includes details of satellites, sensors, and CCRS ground stations and services.
  • Climate Change and Remote Sensing
    Research group at the Department of Geography at Boston University. The group is currently active on Climate Change and Remote Sensing and is monitoring the change in growth of vegetation globally. Links to Terra satellite and Earth Observatory.
  • Department of Meteorology at University of Maryland, College Park
    Research links at this site point to their work in concert with NASA and others in the following areas: climate, glaciology, weather and atmosphere, oceanography, and remote sensing, among others.
  • Earth Observing System (EOS)
    EOS is the centerpiece of NASA study of the Earth. It consists of a science component and a data system supporting a coordinated series of polar-orbiting and low inclination satellites for long-term global observations of the land surface, biosphere, solid Earth, atmosphere, and oceans.
  • Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center
    University of Maryland research and teaching activities in Earth Systems Science: satellite remote sensing of land, atmosphere and ocean; land surface and atmospheric modeling; dynamics of climate and tropical oceans; atmospheric aerosols; volcanology; glaciology; atmospheric chemistry; and biogeochemical cycling; and more.
  • EOS Land Validation Core Sites
    Status of Sunphotometer Deployment includes maps and descriptions of the sites and measurements.
  • GiST Indexing Project
    GIST studies the engineering and mathematics behind content-based indexing for massive amounts of complex content. The basis of the project is the Generalized Search Tree (GIST), a template indexing structure for indexing remote sensing databases and others.
  • Global Land Ice Measurements from Space
    Project to monitor the world's glaciers, primarily using data from the ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and reflection Radiometer) instrument aboard the EOS Terra spacecraft.
  • GSFC Ice Altimetry Home Page
    The Oceans and Ice branch of the Laboratory for Hydrospheric Physics of NASA/GSFC has processed satellite radar and aircraft laser altimetry over the continental ice sheets and surrounding sea ice to calculate surface elevations.
  • Master Airborne Simulator
    The MASTER airborne simulator supports ASTER and MODIS instrument teams in algorithm development, calibration and validation. It collects land data sets at a higher resolution than the spaceborne data sets, to permit scaling studies and comparisons with in-situ measurements.
  • MODIS Land Team Validation (MODLAND)
    MODLAND uses several validation techniques to develop uncertainty information on its products. Techniques include collection of and comparison with field and aircraft data, and comparison with data and products from other satellites.
  • NASA Ames Research Center CASA Home Page
    The principal aim of global ecosystem studies at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, is to better understand the controls on biogenic trace gas fluxes and the ecosystem processes that regulate these gases.
  • NASA GSFC Code 614.4 Calibration Facility
    Facility that maintains instruments and NIST-traceable calibrated sources to calibrate, monitor, and assess the performance of satellite-, aircraft-, and ground-based remote sensing instrumentation. Their instruments, sources, and expertise are available to US government agencies, the international remote sensing community, and academic institutions.
  • NIST Optical Technology Division
    Source of national measurement standards and support services to advance the use and application of optical technologies spanning the ultraviolet through microwave spectral regions.
  • Radar Interferometry Group
    Radar interferometry creates detailed images of geological surfaces using synthetic aperture radar-mapping satellites. This powerful technique can reveal centimeter-sized changes in the Earth's crust due to natural phenomena. Images include changes in glaciers, volcanoes, earthquake areas, and atmospheric water content.
  • SAFARI 2000 Test Sites
    Maps showing EOS Land validation sites in Africa. Includes related data.
  • Simulation - Seasonal-Interannual Climate Variability over Amazonia
    Site with summary and reports from research on "Coupled High-Resolution Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Simulation of Seasonal-Interannual Climate Variability over Amazonia."
  • South West Asia Project (SWAP)
    Yale Center for Earth Observation's site for project to quantify and monitor the processes shaping the landscapes of Southwest Asia.