Sea-surface temperature measurements from the Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on Aqua and Terra

Peter J Minnett, O. B. Brown, R. H. Evans, E. L. Key, E. J. Kearns, K. Kilpatrick, A. Kumar, K. A. Maillet, G. Szczodrak

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Abstract

The Terra and Aqua satellites are the flagships of the NASA Earth Observing System and carry suites of sensors designed to provide measurements of the climate system suitable for many research applications. Each satellite carries a Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), which are very complex imaging radiometers operating in both the visible and infrared parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. One of the primary variables that is derived from some of the infrared measurements of MODIS is sea-surface temperature (SST). There are two spectral intervals located where the atmosphere is relatively transparent, at about 4 and 11 micrometer wavelengths, where SST measurements can be made in cloud-free conditions, although the contamination of the shorter wavelength measurements by reflected sunlight limits these to the night-time part of each orbit. The atmospheric correction algorithms used to derive SSTs are described, along with radiometric and sub-surface measurements used to determine the error characteristics of the retrieved fields.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)
Pages4576-4579
Number of pages4
Volume7
StatePublished - 2004
Event2004 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium Proceedings: Science for Society: Exploring and Managing a Changing Planet. IGARSS 2004 - Anchorage, AK, United States
Duration: Sep 20 2004Sep 24 2004

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Other2004 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium Proceedings: Science for Society: Exploring and Managing a Changing Planet. IGARSS 2004
CountryUnited States
CityAnchorage, AK
Period9/20/049/24/04

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Surface measurement
Temperature measurement
MODIS
sea surface temperature
Imaging techniques
Satellites
Infrared radiation
wavelength
Aqua (satellite)
Terra (satellite)
Wavelength
atmospheric correction
EOS
Radiometers
radiometer
NASA
Orbits
Contamination
Earth (planet)
sensor

Keywords

  • EOS-Aqua
  • EOS-Terra
  • Infrared remote sensing
  • MODIS
  • Satellite oceanography
  • Sea-surface temperature

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology
  • Software

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Minnett, P. J., Brown, O. B., Evans, R. H., Key, E. L., Kearns, E. J., Kilpatrick, K., ... Szczodrak, G. (2004). Sea-surface temperature measurements from the Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on Aqua and Terra. In International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) (Vol. 7, pp. 4576-4579)

Sea-surface temperature measurements from the Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on Aqua and Terra. / Minnett, Peter J; Brown, O. B.; Evans, R. H.; Key, E. L.; Kearns, E. J.; Kilpatrick, K.; Kumar, A.; Maillet, K. A.; Szczodrak, G.

International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS). Vol. 7 2004. p. 4576-4579.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Minnett, PJ, Brown, OB, Evans, RH, Key, EL, Kearns, EJ, Kilpatrick, K, Kumar, A, Maillet, KA & Szczodrak, G 2004, Sea-surface temperature measurements from the Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on Aqua and Terra. in International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS). vol. 7, pp. 4576-4579, 2004 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium Proceedings: Science for Society: Exploring and Managing a Changing Planet. IGARSS 2004, Anchorage, AK, United States, 9/20/04.
Minnett PJ, Brown OB, Evans RH, Key EL, Kearns EJ, Kilpatrick K et al. Sea-surface temperature measurements from the Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on Aqua and Terra. In International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS). Vol. 7. 2004. p. 4576-4579
Minnett, Peter J ; Brown, O. B. ; Evans, R. H. ; Key, E. L. ; Kearns, E. J. ; Kilpatrick, K. ; Kumar, A. ; Maillet, K. A. ; Szczodrak, G. / Sea-surface temperature measurements from the Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on Aqua and Terra. International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS). Vol. 7 2004. pp. 4576-4579
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