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As part of the Prototype Validation Experiment (PROVE) at the Jornada Experimental Range, GOES-8 images were collected every 30 minutes for 15 days overlapping the 10 days of the experiment (May 20-30, 1997). The images pertain to a 3- by 3-degree area centered on the transitional tower site at Jornada LTER (latitude: 32° 36' 24.6" N; longitude: -106° 52' 12.4" W).

More information and links to other PROVE sites can be found at

Data Citation:

Cite this data set as follows:

Privette, J. L. 2003. PROVE GOES-8 Images of Jornada Experimental Range, New Mexico, 1997. ORNL DAAC, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA.


Havstad, K. M., W. P. Kustas, A. Rango, J. C. Ritchie, and T. J. Schmugge. 2000. Jornada Experimental Range: A unique arid land location for experiments to validate satellite systems. Remote Sensing of the Environment 74(1):13-25.

Privette, J. L., G. P. Asner, J. Conel, K. F. Huemmrich, R. Olson, A. Rango, A. F. Rahman, K. Thome, and E. A. Walter-Shea. 2000. The EOS Prototype Validation Exercise (PROVE) at Jornada: Overview and lessons learned. Remote Sensing of the Environment 74(1):1-12.

Data Format:

Preview thumbnail images are available at

File Naming Convention for Binary 16-Bit Data:



ss = satellite id ("g8" for "GOES-8"),
yy = year,
jjj = Julian day,
hh = start hour of image,
mm = start minute of image, and
chx = channel number (for GOES-8, chx = 1,5).

Image Files Included: Binary 16-bit data for GOES channels 1-5 in UNIX compressed format.
g8.97133.1515.ch1_map.tif Binary 8-bit data for GOES channel 1 (visible) plus geo-political and lat-lon grid overlay in TIFF format.

Document Information:

April 28, 2003

Document Review Date:

April 28, 2003