Sensing Our Planet

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Sensing Our Planet Archive: 1994 - 2014
2015 Sensing Our Planet Articles
Title Parameter Data Type Data Centers
Exposed orchards
  • Surface reflectance
  • MODIS
  • LP DAAC
A glacial place
  • Terrain
  • Elevation
  • ALOS PALSAR
  • ASTER
  • ASF DAAC
  • LP DAAC
Rubble trouble
  • Orbit predictions
  • Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) stations
  • CDDIS
Trapping tapirs
  • Human population, land cover, land use
  • Elevation
  • Fire and thermal anomalies
  • Global Human Footprint Index
  • Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM)
  • MODIS
  • LP DAAC
  • SEDAC
Winter blooms in the Arabian Sea
  • Chlorophyll a concentration
  • Population density
  • MODIS
  • MODIS
  • OB.DAAC
  • SEDAC
Heavy weather, high seas
  • Significant wave height
  • TOPEX-A
  • TOPEX-B
  • Poseidon-1 Radar Altimeters
  • PO.DAAC
Heart of drought
  • Aerosol optical thickness; Cloud optical thickness
  • Normalized Difference Vegetation Index, Enhanced Vegetation Index, Temperature, Emissivity, Land cover types
  • Precipitation
  • Terrestrial water storage anomalies
  • Radiative flux
  • Canopy microwave transmittance
  • MODIS
  • MODIS
  • TRMM
  • GRACE
  • CERES
  • AMSR-E
  • ASDC
  • GES DISC
  • LAADS
  • LP DAAC
  • NSIDC DAAC
  • PO.DAAC
Missing heat
  • Radiance
  • Radiance
  • CERES
  • Earth Radiation Budget Satellite (ERBS)
  • ASDC
Tracing the Tehuano
  • Ocean surface winds
  • Sea surface temperature
  • Ocean surface winds, sea surface temperature
  • Cross-Calibrated Multi-Platform (CCMP)
  • Coriolis satellite
  • Regional Air-Sea Interaction (RASI) Gap Wind and Coastal Upwelling Events Climatology
  • GHRC
  • PO.DAAC
A submarine retreat
  • Ice sheet elevation, ice sheet thickness
  • Reflectance
  • Reflectance
  • Multichannel Coherent Radar Depth Sounder (MCoRDS)
  • RADARSAT-1
  • ALOS PALSAR
  • ASF DAAC
  • NSIDC DAAC
Burned but not forgotten
  • Vegetation
  • Snow cover
  • Blue-sky albedo
  • MODIS
  • MODIS
  • MODIS
  • LP DAAC
  • NSIDC DAAC
  • ORNL DAAC
Stormy vineyards
  • Rain reflectivity and rain type
  • Lightning rates, lightning flashes and sensor viewing time, raw flash count
  • TRMM Optical Transient Detector
  • GES DISC
  • GHRC
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