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Remote Sensor Types

Remote sensor types are the platforms that acquire imagery or other measurements of the earth's surface. They can be satellite-, aircraft-, or ground-based. Most Remote Sensing Methods can be applied to more than one sensor type and sometimes many types. The list below is by no means comprehensive, but it represents the most common remote sensor types used in aridland ecosystems. If you're looking for information on a sensor type that's not listed here, contact us.

NameAbbreviationResolution (m)AvailabilityReturn IntervalType*Platform
Moderate-resolution Imaging SpectroradiometerMODIS250,500,10002000 to presentDailyMSatellite
Airborne Visible/Infrared Imaging SpectometerAVIRIS5,201998 to presentOn demandHAircraft
Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection RadiometerASTER15,30,902000 to presentOn demandMSatellite
Landsat Thematic Mapper 5TM530,601984 to 201316 daysMSatellite
Landsat Enhanced Thematic Mapper 7TM715,30,601995 to 200316 daysP,MSatellite
Landsat Data Continuity Mission (Landsat 8)LDCM15,30,1002013 to present16 daysP,MSatellite
Satellite Pour l'Observation de la Terre 5SPOT52.5,102002 to present1 to 4 daysP,MSatellite
Satellite Pour l'Observation de la Terre 1-4SPOT1-4201986 to present1 to 4 daysP,MSatellite
Satellite Pour l'Observation de la Terre VegetationSPOT Vegetation11501998 to presentdailyMSatellite
RapidEyeRapidEye52008 to presentDailyMSatellite
QuickbirdQuickbird0.8,2.52001 to present1 to 3.5 daysP,MSatellite
OrbView-2OrbView-211001997 to presentDailyMSatellite
Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometerMISR2752000 to present9 daysMSatellite
Medium Resolution Imaging SpectrometerENVISAT-MERIS3002002 to present3 daysMSatellite
Landsat Multi-spectral ScannerMSS801972 to 199718 daysMSatellite
IkonosIKONOS0.9,42001 to present3 daysP,MSatellite
GeoEye-1GeoEye-1.41,1.652008 to present3 daysP,MSatellite
FORMOSAT-2FORMOSAT-22,82004 to presentDailyP,MSatellite
Color-infrared Aerial PhotographyCIR1variableOn demandMAircraft
Color Aerial PhotographyPhoto1variableOn demandCAircraft
Worldview-1Worldview-10.52007 to present1.7 to 4.6 daysPSatellite
Radarsat-2Radarsat-23 to 1002008 to presentOn demandRSatellite
Radarsat-1Radarsat-18 to 1001995 to present4 to 6 daysRSatellite
Panchromatic Aerial PhotographyB/W Photo1variableOn demandPAircraft
Advanced Synthetic Aperature RadarENVISAT-ASAR30,150,10002002 to present3 daysRSatellite
Worldview-2Worldview-20.42,1.82009 to present1.1 daysP,MSatellite
Light Detection and RangingLIDARvariablevariableOn demandEAircraft
Unmanned Aircraft SystemsUAS, UAVvariablevariableOn demandC,MAircraft
Advanced Very-High Resolution RadiometerAVHRR1.1km1981 to presenttwice dailyMSatellite
Compact High Resolution Imaging SpectrometerCHRIS18,362001 to present7 daysHSatellite
AVNIR-2 - Advanced Visible and Near Infrared Radiometer type 2AVNIR-2102004 to 201146 daysMSatellite
*C=Color, E=Elevation, H=Hyperspectral, M=Multispectral, P=Panchromatic, R=Syntheric Aperature Radar

remote_sensor_types/home.txt · Last modified: 2013/09/13 09:39 by jgillan