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Concept of a new multiangular satellite mission for improved bidirectional sampling of surface and atmosphere properties
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Paper Abstract

While existing satellite Earth Observing (EO) systems provide many baseline observations, they are lacking an important combination of capabilities in terms of angular sampling, spectral coverage, and spatial resolution. This has an impact on the accuracy of retrievals and the capability to provide accurate regular operational monitoring of surface and atmospheric properties on a large scale (global or continental). The concept of Advanced Multiangular MEdium Resolution System (AMMERS), that addresses the above issues and provides unique capability presently unavailable from other space observing systems, is proposed here. The mission's unique feature is a combination of medium resolution (400m), multi-spectral observations (13 spectral bands in visible, NIR, SWIR, IR, SW and LW), and multi-angular capabilities (7 angles). AMMERS's multiangular features and swath width allow bi-directional angular sampling close to the solar principal plane and in the perpendicular plane. These capabilities are critically important for accurate estimation of surface albedo, vegetation structure, and forest parameters. AMMERS will also be superior to many other missions in retrieving SST, aerosol, clouds parameters, snow, and wild fire mapping.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 October 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5542, Earth Observing Systems IX, (26 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.560653
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Alexander P. Trishchenko, Natural Resources Canada (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5542:
Earth Observing Systems IX
William L. Barnes; James J. Butler, Editor(s)

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