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Components Details (All original information from the workshop, reformatted and reordered here)
Introduction and Aerosol Retrieval Exercises with Increasing Resolution

What is MODIS? Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer; another view.
MODIS the Movie. (Local backup).
Summary of MODIS retrievals, measurements. MODIS band description.

The MODIS instruments are on the AQUA and TERRA satellites in the NASA A-train.

Example MODIS raw imagery: Reno and surrounding area. Exercise: find the MODIS true color image for your birthday in 2012; left half of room MODIS from the Terra satellite, right half from the MODIS instrument on the Aqua satellite. Notice and record the time of the image by looking at the 'metadata' file. We will informally discuss these in class.

Aerosol Terms Reference Sheet

Paper on the MODIS Aerosol Retrieval Algorithm (read).
Paper with more details of the retrieval for land.
Paper with the relationship between near IR and visible wavelength surface reflectance.
Paper describing the 'deep blue' algorithm for retrieving aerosol over bright surfaces.
Paper describing the affects of aerosol absorption on surface reflectance retrieval.
Presentation on the dark target MODIS Aerosol Retrieval Algorithm.
Presentation on the deep blue MODIS Aerosol Retrieval Algorithm for bright surfaces.
Presentation on the AERONET Aerosol Retrieval Algorithm.

Preparing To Use MODIS

Evaluating Data

Modis Data Website

GIOVANNI Beginning Exploration Exercise

GIOVANNI Burning Man Evaluation Exercise

HDF Look Instructions

HDF Overview

HDF Exercise 1

Laadsweb Exercise

Overview Future Capabilities

Aerosol Instrument and Product Comparison Chart

MODIS aerosol products are evaluated using ground based remote sensing (AERONET).
Paper on AERONET ground based sunphotometers.*new post (4Sep12).
Presentation on AERONET describing the hardware and retrieval algorithms. (M. Loria)

URL Weather Graphics Archive from San Jose State.
URL Backtrajectories, forward trajectories, and plume dispersion from NOAA HYSPLIT MODEL. (Hybrid Single Particle Lagrangian Integrated Trajectory Model).
URL NOAA's Smoke Verification Program; Excellent tools for looking back at smoke plumes, based on meteorological plume dispersion model results. Here is a brief movie explaining how to use it.
URL Weather Reanalysis Data from the National Center for Environmental Prediction .
URL Aeronet synergy tool, sunphotometer aerosol optical depth and aerosol microphysics, and corresponding MODIS satellite aerosol optical depth retrievals. Weather graphics as well.
URL GIOVANNI: A simple way to visualize, analyze, and access Earth science remote sensing data. Giovanni = Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center Interactive Online Visualization ANd aNalysis Infrastructure. Description.
URL LAADSWEB: MODIS Level 1 and 2 data (highest resolution, rawest data available), geolocation, cloud mask, and atmosphere products. MATLAB tools for hdf files.
URL MIRADOR: Mirador is a simplified interface for searching, browsing, and ordering Earth science data at NASA Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC). Mirador is designed to be fast and easy to learn.
URL Panoply: EXCELLENT program for viewing and imaging HDF file contents, of the type obtained from LAADSWEB. Example AQUA/MODIS file; TERRA/MODIS file.
URL HDFVIEW: is a visual software package tool for browsing and editing HDF4 and HDF5 files, of the type obtained from LAADSWEB.
URL FIRMS: Fire Information for Resource Managers from the University of Maryland.
URL MODIS IMAGERY FAS subsets showing raw satellite images much of the world in large logical blocks.
URL MODIS IMAGERY AERONET subsets showing raw satellite images for AERONET sites.
URL LIDAR FROM SPACE Calipso satellite, CALIOP instrument (Cloud Aerosol Lidar with Orthogonal Polarization), showing the vertical distribution of clouds and aerosol. Description. STANDARD PRODUCTS WITH INTERPRETATION. USE THIS ONE MOST OFTEN.
URL LIDAR FROM SPACE Calipso satellite, CALIOP instrument
(Cloud Aerosol Lidar with Orthogonal Polarization) showing the vertical distribution of clouds and aerosol. Description. EXPEDITED QUICK LOOK.
URL LAND SURFACE IMAGERY over time from the USGS website.
URL MODIS OCEAN PRODUCTS, like sea surface temperature.


Precipitation Remote Sensing
Precipitation Remote Sensing  
URL Clouds, Precipitation, and Water Vapor Learning Module from the COMET program.
URL Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Mission and videos by NASA.


Fire Products
Abba Fire Products for North and South America (GOES)
NASA FIRMS Web Fire Mapper
Forest Service Fire System

Other University Satellite Remote Sensing Courses
Course Location Course Description
University of Wisconsin Madison Excellence in atmospheric remote sensing.
University of Wisconsin Green Bay Introductory course in remote sensing.