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The BOREAS RSS-03 team collected multiple remotely sensed data sets from the NASA UH-1 helicopter. This data set includes helicopter-based radiometric measurements of forested sites acquired during BOREAS made with an SE-590 processed to reflectance factors. The data used in this analysis were collected in 1994 during the three BOREAS IFCs at numerous tower and auxiliary sites in both the NSA and the SSA. The 15-degree FOV of the SE-590 yielded a ground resolution of approximately 79 m at the 300-m nominal altitude.

A guide document which includes more information about this data set can be found at .

ORNL DAAC maintains information on the entire BOREAS Project.

Data Citation

Cite this data set as follows:

Walthall, C. L., and S. Loechel. 1998. BOREAS RSS-03 Reflectance Measured from a Helicopter-Mounted SE-590. Data set. Available on-line [] from Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, U.S.A. doi:10.3334/ORNLDAAC/291.


Loechel, S., C.L. Walthall, E. Brown de Colstoun, J. Chen, and B. Markham. 1996. Spatial and temporal variability of surface cover at BOREAS using reflectance from a helicopter platform. International Geosciences and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), Lincoln, NE.

Markham, B.L., F.M. Wood Jr., and S.P. Ahmad. 1988. Radiometric calibration of thereflective bands of NS001-thematic mapper simulator (TMS) and modular multispectral radiometers (MMR). In Recent Advances in Sensors Radiometry and Data Processing for Remote Sensing Proc. SPIE 24, pp. 96-108.

Sellers, P. and F. Hall. 1994. Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study: Experiment Plan. Version 1994-3.0 NASA BOREAS Report (EXPLAN 94).

Sellers, P. and F. Hall. 1996. Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study: Experiment Plan. Version 1996-2.0 NASA BOREAS Report (EXPLAN 96).

Sellers, P. and F. Hall. 1997. BOREAS Overview Paper. JGR BOREAS Special Issue, 201.

Sellers, P., F. Hall, and K.F. Huemmrich. 1996. Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study: 1994 Operations. NASA BOREAS Report (OPS DOC 94).

Sellers, P., F. Hall, and K.F. Huemmrich. 1997. Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study: 1996 Operations. NASA BOREAS Report (OPS DOC 96).

Sellers, P., F. Hall, H. Margolis, B. Kelly, D. Baldocchi, G. den Hartog, J. Cihlar, M.G. Ryan, B. Goodison, P. Cril,l K.J. Ranson, D. Lettenmaier, and D.E. Wickland. 1995. The boreal ecosystem-atmosphere study (BOREAS): an overview and early results from the 1994 field year. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. 76(9):1549-1577.

Strebel, D.E., D.R. Landis, K.F. Huemmrich, and W.W. Meeson. 1994. Collected Data of The First ISLSCP Field Experiment, Volume 1: Surface Observations and Non-Image Data Sets. Published on CD-ROM by NASA.

Vermote, E., D. Tanre, and J. Morcrette. 1997. Second simulation of the satellitesignal in the solar spectrum, 6S: an overview. IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens., vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 675.

Vermote, E., D. Tanre, J.L. Deuze, M. Herman, and J.J. Morcrette. 1996. Second simulation of the satellite signal in the solar spectrum (6S), 6S User Guide Version 1, October 7, 1996. University of Maryland/Laboratoire d'Optique Atmospherique, 216 pp. (available via anonymous ftp at

Walter-Shea, Elizabeth A. and Larry L. Biehl, 1990 "Measuring Vegetation Spectral Properties", Remote Sensing Reviews Chapter 11, Edited by Narendra Goel and John Norman, Vol. 5, pp 179-205.

Walthall, C., and E. Middleton. 1992. Assessing spatial and seasonal variations in grasslands with spectral reflectances from a helicopter platform. J. Geophys. Res., vol. 97, no. D17, pp. 18905-18912.

Walthall, C., D.L. Williams, B. Markham, J. Kalshoven, and R. Nelson. 1996. Development and present configuration of the NASA GSFC/WFF helicopter-based remote sensing system. International Geosciences and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS). Lincoln, NE.

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For information on Parameter/Variable Names, Variable Description/Definition, Units of Measurement, and Data File Format see this companion file

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12-Oct-1998 (data citation revised on 26-Sep-2002)

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