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Mission support role played by MODIS during Operation Iraqi Freedom
Author(s): Steven D. Miller; Jeffrey D. Hawkins; F. Joseph Turk; Thomas F. Lee; John Kent; Kim Richardson; Arunas P. Kuciauskas
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Paper Abstract

This paper chronicles the end-to-end data procurement, customized algorithm development and automated processing systems, product distribution, and ultimate user application of selected time-critical satellite meteorology applications developed by the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in support of Department of Defense (DoD) assets during Operation Iraqi Freedom. In particular, a mechanism for obtaining high spatial/spectral resolution near real-time data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instruments found aboard the Earth Observing System (EOS) Terra and Aqua research platforms for operational support was developed through an inter-agency collaboration between the DoD, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Value-added (e.g., dust detection, convective cloud heights, snow/cloud and fire detection) products derived from these low-latency data were then hosted on secure Internet bandwidth via the Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center (FNMOC) operational portal. The MODIS products factored significantly into a wide range of operational requirements that included strike briefs, aircraft routing, ship navigation, sensor targeting and weapons selection. Included herein are dramatic excerpts from direct correspondence between NRL scientists and Naval Meteorology/Oceanography (METOC) officers aboard aircraft carriers deployed in the Arabian Gulf who were actively using these products to support their various mission requirements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 October 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5548, Atmospheric and Environmental Remote Sensing Data Processing and Utilization: an End-to-End System Perspective, (14 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.559836
Show Author Affiliations
Steven D. Miller, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Jeffrey D. Hawkins, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
F. Joseph Turk, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Thomas F. Lee, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
John Kent, SAIC (United States)
Kim Richardson, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Arunas P. Kuciauskas, Naval Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5548:
Atmospheric and Environmental Remote Sensing Data Processing and Utilization: an End-to-End System Perspective
Hung-Lung Allen Huang; Hal J. Bloom, Editor(s)

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