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Aerial photography from the NASA ER-2 high-altitude aircraft was collected to provide detailed and spatially extensive documentation over parts of the SAFARI study area. The ER-2 aerial photography consists of 3,046 color-infrared (IR) transparencies collected during the SAFARI 2000 Dry Season Aircraft Campaign in August and September of 2000. ORNL DAAC has archived a subset of 52 scanned images of the ER-2 aerial photography.

The original color-IR aerial photography the SAFARI 2000 Dry Season Aircraft Campaign is located at NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) Aircraft Data and Sensor Facilities. Copies can be ordered from the U.S. Geological Survey's EROS Data Center (EDC) in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA. In addition, 515 image frames have been scanned from copies of the original level-0 ER-2 aerial photography by the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), in Pretoria, South Africa.

ORNL DAAC has archived subsets of the available imagery from ARC and Wits. Information about the imagery subsets that are available from ORNL DAAC, as well as information about the original color-IR aerial photography at ARC and scanned imagery at Wits can be found in the companion file:

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Cite this data set as follows:

Myers, J. S. 2004. SAFARI 2000 ER-2 Color-IR Aerial Photography, Dry Season 2000. Data set. Available on-line [] from Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, U.S.A. doi:10.3334/ORNLDAAC/722.


NASA. 1990. ER-2 Earth Resources Aircraft Experimenter's Handbook. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California, U.S.A.

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ORNL DAAC has archived 52 scanned images of the original ER-2 9-inch x 9-inch (229-mm x 229-mm) aerial photographs (color-IR transparencies) that were obtained from single- or multiple-flight lines. The archived sample images are high-quality JPEG images, about 2700x2700 pixels.

Additional information about the SAFARI 2000 ER-2 missions, scanned imagery subsets, and original ER-2 aerial photography is found in the companion file:

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