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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 both in annual print publications and online. While supplies last, you may order a print publication 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 to explore possibilities for developing a future article.

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Sensing Our Planet Archive: 1994 - 2015
2016 Sensing Our Planet Articles
Title Parameter Data Type Data Centers
Where the wetlands are
  • Terrain
  • Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS) Phased Array type L-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar (PALSAR)
Feeling hot hot hot
  • Land surface temperature and emissivity
  • Vegetation indices
  • Land cover type
  • Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)
  • Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)
  • Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)
In the Arctic darkness
  • Methane flux
  • Gas analyzers
The case of the missing waves
  • Brightness temperatures
  • Brightness temperatures
  • Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS)
  • Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS)
Soiled soils
  • Radar backscatter
  • SeaWinds scatterometer
Time and tide
  • Population
  • Low Elevation Coastal Zone (LECZ) Urban-Rural Population and Land Area Estimates
The researcher, the reef, and a storm
  • Flood runoff
  • Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)
The Maracaibo beacon
  • Lightning density
  • TRMM and OrbView-1 Lighting Imaging Sensor (LIS) and Optical Transient Detector (OTD)
In the zone
  • Sea ice concentration
  • Scanning Multichannel Microwave Radiometer (SMMR)
    Special Sensor Microwave/Imager (SSM/I)
    Special Sensor Microwave Imager/Sounder (SMMIS)
The power of particles
  • Aerosol optical depth, cloud optical depth, geolocation data
  • Fires and biomass burning
  • Plume heights
  • Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)
  • Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)
  • Cloud-Aerosol Lidar with Orthagonal Polarization (CALIOP) Imaging Infrared Radiometer (IIR) Wide Field Camera (WFC)
Tracking the itinerant
  • Orbit predictions
  • Precise orbit determination
  • Satellite Laser Ranging stations
  • Doppler Orbit and Radiopositioning Integrated by Satellite (DORIS)
Crisis in the Crescent
  • Aerosol optical depth
  • Aerosol optical depth
  • Vegetatin
  • Gravity
  • Temperature, precipitation, sea level pressure, and station pressure
  • 850hPa v-wind, humidity and 500hPa vertical motion
  • Multi-angle Imaging Spectroradiometer (MISR)
  • Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)
  • Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)
  • Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) K-Band Ranging System
  • Temperature, sea level, and pressure stations
  • NASA Modern Era Retrospective-Analysis for Research and Applications (MERRA)

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