Land Remote Sensing and Global Environmental Change

NASA's Earth Observing System and the Science of ASTER and MODIS

  • Bhaskar Ramachandran
  • Christopher O. Justice
  • Michael J. Abrams

Part of the Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing book series (RDIP, volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xlii
  2. The Earth Observing System and the Evolution of ASTER and MODIS

  3. ASTER and MODIS: Instrument Design, Radiometry, and Geometry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-57
    2. Hiroyuki Fujisada
      Pages 59-82
    3. Kohei Arai, Kurtis Thome, Akira Iwasaki, Stuart Biggar
      Pages 83-116
    4. Xiaoxiong Xiong, Robert Wolfe, William Barnes, Bruce Guenther, Eric Vermote, Nazmi Saleous et al.
      Pages 133-164
  4. ASTER and MODIS: Data Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-166
    2. John Daucsavage, Marilyn Kaminski, Bhaskar Ramachandran, Calli Jenkerson, Karla Sprenger, Ron Faust et al.
      Pages 167-182
    3. H. K. Ramapriyan, Robin Pfister, Beth Weinstein
      Pages 183-202
    4. Larry Klein, Andrey Savtchenko, Abe Taaheri, Cid Praderas, Siri Jodha Singh Khalsa
      Pages 203-227
  5. ASTER Science and Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-231
    2. Hiroshi Watanabe, Bryan Bailey, Kenneth Duda, Yoshiaki Kannari, Akira Miura, Bhaskar Ramachandran
      Pages 233-244
    3. Minoru Urai, David Pieri
      Pages 245-272
    4. Sandra Perry, Fred Kruse
      Pages 301-323
    5. Jeffrey Kargel, Roberto Furfaro, Georg Kaser, Gregory Leonard, Wolfgang Fink, Christian Huggel et al.
      Pages 325-373

About this book


Global environmental change remains a constant theme that resonates worldwide. The dynamics of the Earth system fosters complex spatio-temporal variations that highlight the significance of, and the need to monitor the Earth as a unified whole. Accurate, timely, and reliable data are a precursor to analyze and study several aspects of the integrated Earth system. Remote sensing observations have catalyzed several aspects of Earth system science by providing panoptic views and time-series measurements of the study environment in ways nearly impossible to replicate by traditional ground-based methods. NASA’s Earth Observing System’s (EOS) primary goal is to study and understand all interacting components of the Earth as a dynamic system. Land Remote Sensing and Global Environmental Change is an edited compendium that specifically focuses on the terrestrial components of change based on the scientific knowledge derived from data produced by two EOS instruments, ASTER and MODIS, which are part of the Terra and Aqua satellite missions. As global environmental change in the Anthropocene age becomes more ubiquitous, the papers presented in this volume demonstrate the value of EOS for studying the Earth’s surface. This volume helps articulate the EOS mission as a rich synergistic confluence of science, engineering, and technology, which helps us decipher how our terrestrial systems both contribute and respond to global environmental change.

Audience: The primary audience for this book includes Earth and environmental science researchers and professionals, including those who use land remote sensing data. 


ASTER Science and Applications ASTER and MODIS Earth Observing System Earth Science Data and Information System Global Land Data Assimilation System MODIS Land Data Products MODIS Science and Applications MODIS satellite data MODIS satellite images MODIS spatial resolution

Editors and affiliations

  • Bhaskar Ramachandran
    • 1
  • Christopher O. Justice
    • 2
  • Michael J. Abrams
    • 3
  1. 1.USGS at the EROS Data Center, Satellite Systems BranchNASA EOS-ESESioux FallsUSA
  2. 2.Dept. GeographyUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  3. 3.Jet Propulsion Lab.California Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-6748-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-6749-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1567-3200
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