MODIS Science Team
MODIS (or Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) is a key instrument aboard the Terra (EOS AM-1) satellite. The MODIS instrument will view most of the Earth's surface in 1 day and all of it in 2 days, acquiring data in 36 spectral bands. These data will improve our understanding of global dynamics and processes occurring on the land, in the oceans, and in the lower atmosphere. MODIS will play a vital role in the development of validated, global, interactive Earth system models able to predict global change scenarios with sufficient accuracy to assist policy makers in making sound decisions concerning the protection of our environment. MODIS will extend the data series taken by such instruments as the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR), used for meteorology and monitoring sea surface temperature, sea ice, and vegetation; and the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS), used to monitor oceanic biomass and ocean circulation patterns. The 36 spectral bands of MODIS and superior radiometric capabilities will result in improved accuracies in the data series and make new types of geophysical data series possible (more text on image).
This poster displays just a few of MODIS's capabilities.
(MODIS Data Type: MODIS-PFM)
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