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Journal of Applied Remote Sensing

Overview of NASA Earth Observing Systems Terra and Aqua moderate resolution imaging spectroradiometer instrument calibration algorithms and on-orbit performance
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Paper Abstract

Since launch, Terra and Aqua MODIS have successfully operated on-orbit for more than 9 and 6.5 years, respectively. MODIS, a key instrument for the NASA's EOS missions, was designed to make continuous observations for studies of Earth's land, ocean, and atmospheric properties and to extend existing data records from heritage earth-observing sensors. In addition to frequent global coverage, MODIS observations are made in 36 spectral bands, covering both solar reflective and thermal emissive spectral regions. Nearly 40 data products are routinely generated from MODIS observations and publicly distributed for a broad range of applications. Both instruments have produced an unprecedented amount of data in support of the science community. As a general reference for understanding sensor operation and calibration, and thus science data quality, this paper provides an overview of the MODIS instruments and their pre-launch calibration and characterization, and describes their on-orbit calibration algorithms and performance. On-orbit results from both Terra and Aqua MODIS radiometric, spectral, and spatial calibration are discussed. Currently, both instruments, including their on-board calibration devices, are healthy and are expected to continue operation for several years to come.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 2009
PDF: 25 pages
J. Appl. Remote Sens. 3(1) 032501 doi: 10.1117/1.3180864
Published in: Journal of Applied Remote Sensing Volume 3, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Xiaoxiong Xiong, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Brian N. Wenny, Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (United States)
William DUPE Barnes, Joint Ctr. for Earth Systems Technology (United States)


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