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Data products of NASA Goddard’s LiDAR, hyperspectral, and thermal airborne imager (G-LiHT)
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Paper Abstract

Scientists in the Biospheric Sciences Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center have undertaken a unique instrument fusion effort for an airborne package that integrates commercial off the shelf LiDAR, Hyperspectral, and Thermal components. G-LiHT is a compact, lightweight and portable system that can be used on a wide range of airborne platforms to support a number of NASA Earth Science research projects and space-based missions. G-LiHT permits simultaneous and complementary measurements of surface reflectance, vegetation structure, and temperature, which provide an analytical framework for the development of new algorithms for mapping plant species composition, plant functional types, biodiversity, biomass, carbon stocks, and plant growth. G-LiHT and its supporting database are designed to give scientists open access to the data that are needed to understand the relationship between ecosystem form and function and to stimulate the advancement of synergistic algorithms. This system will enhance our ability to design new missions and produce data products related to biodiversity and climate change. G-LiHT has been operational since 2011 and has been used to collect data for a number of NASA and USFS sponsored studies, including NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) and the American ICESat/GLAS Assessment of Carbon (AMIGA-Carb). These acquisitions target a broad diversity of forest communities and ecoregions across the United States and Mexico. Here, we will discuss the components of G-LiHT, their calibration and performance characteristics, operational implementation, and data processing workflows. We will also provide examples of higher level data products that are currently available.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 June 2015
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9482, Next-Generation Spectroscopic Technologies VIII, 94821D (3 June 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2177083
Show Author Affiliations
Lawrence A. Corp, Science Systems and Applications Inc. (United States)
Bruce D. Cook, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Joel McCorkel, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Elizabeth M. Middleton, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9482:
Next-Generation Spectroscopic Technologies VIII
Mark A. Druy; Richard A. Crocombe; David P. Bannon, Editor(s)

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