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Sensing Our Planet

The articles found in each issue describe research uses of Earth observing data from the NASA Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs). They are published online. While supplies last, you may order a print publication of recent archives at no charge. E-mail your request to nsidc@nsidc.org. Please specify the edition you would like. Researchers working with NASA Earth science data are invited to contact the publication editor with any questions or comments.


2018 Sensing Our Planet Articles
Title Parameter Data Type Data Centers
Tracking survival among Idaho's mule deer
  • Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI)
  • Snow cover extent
  • Snow cover
  • Snow water equivalent
  • Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)
  • Snow Data and Assimilation System (SNODAS)
Leaving dry lands behind
  • Population count
  • Atmospheric water vapor
  • Clouds
  • Precipitation
  • Global Rural-Urban Mapping Project (GRUMP)
  • Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM)
Unwelcome enrichment in the Arctic
  • Ice velocity
  • Sea ice motion
  • Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer for EOS (AMSR-E)
  • Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR)
  • Scanning Multichannel Microwave Radiometer (SMMR)
  • Special Sensor Microwave Imager (SSM/I)
  • Special Sensor Microwave Imager/Sounder (SSMIS)
Under CATS eyes
  • Layer height
  • Layer thickness
  • Backscatter
  • Optical depth
  • Depolarization-based discrimination of particle type
  • Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS)
The blob
  • Sea surface temperature
  • Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)
  • Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR)
  • Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer for EOS (AMSR-E)
  • Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer-2 (AMSR2)
  • WindSat
Out of Africa
  • Irradiance
  • Temperature
  • Precipitation occurrence and amount
  • Humidity
  • Shortwave radiation
  • Snow water equivalent
  • Day length
  • Ozone Monitoring Index
  • Daymet
Paving a new lifestyle
  • Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI)
  • Infrared radiance
  • Reflected radiance
  • Visible radiance
  • Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)
  • Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS)
Striking new ground
  • Lightning
  • Lightning Imaging Sensor
Wasting away
  • Ocean color
  • Ocean reflectance
  • Reflectance
  • Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)
  • Phased Array type L-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar (PALSAR)
  • Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR)
When the big picture is not enough
  • Reflectance
  • C-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar
Beacons in the sky help monitor Earth's orientation in space
  • Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI)
  • Radio telescopes

Last Updated: Nov 27, 2018 at 1:28 PM EST