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SAFARI 2000 MODIS Airborne Simulator Data, Southern Africa, Dry Season 2000

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Data setSAFARI 2000 MODIS Airborne Simulator Data, Southern Africa, Dry Season 2000
Release date2006-05-10
ProjectSAFARI 2000 (S2K)
Time Period2000-08-06


This data set contains the MODIS Airborne Simulator (MAS) multispectral data collected during the SAFARI 2000 project. Twenty flights with the MAS instrument were undertaken over Southern Africa by the NASA ER-2 aircraft during August and September, 2000. The MAS spectrometer collects 50 multispectral bands at 16-bit resolution with a ground resolution of 50 meters from 20,000 meters altitude, and a cross track scan width of 85.92 degrees.This data set is organized by flight and each flight consists of several straight-line segments called tracks. There is MAS multispectral data file for each track. The data are available in Hierarchical Data Format (HDF). Additional companion images and documentation include; flight track maps, browse images, sample RGB images, configuration files, and the ER-2 flight logs. A convenient view table is provided in the DAAC Search and Order system that provides ready access to flight documentation.The MODIS Airborne Simulator (MAS) is an airborne scanning spectrometer that acquires high spatial resolution imagery of cloud and surface features from its vantage point on-board a NASA ER-2 high-altitude research aircraft [ ]. Data acquired by the MAS are helping to define, develop, and test algorithms for the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), a key sensor of NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS). The MODIS program [ ] emphasizes the use of remotely sensed data to monitor variation in environmental conditions for assessing both natural and human-induced global change.


Data set reference document


King, M.D., and S.E. Platnick. 2006. SAFARI 2000 MODIS Airborne Simulator Data, Southern Africa, Dry Season 2000. ORNL DAAC, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA.
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SAFARI 2000 (S2K): The SAFARI 2000 project was an international science initiative to study the linkages between land and atmosphere processes in the southern African region. In addition, SAFARI 2000 examined the relationship of biogenic, pyrogenic, and anthropogenic emissions and the consequences of their deposition to the functioning of the biogeophysical and biogeochemical systems of southern Africa. This initiative, which was conducted in 1999-2001, was built around a number of ongoing, already-funded activities by NASA, the international community, and African nations in the southern African region.

Project data set list for SAFARI 2000 (S2K).

Companion Files

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  • MAS_Flight_175.pdf
  • MAS_Flight_150.pdf
  • MAS_Flight_178.pdf
  • MAS_Flight_148.pdf
  • MAS_configuration_CFG.tar.gz
  • MAS_calibration_SRF.tar.gz
  • MAS_Flight_156.pdf
  • MAS_Flight_155.pdf
  • MAS_Flight_177.pdf
  • MAS_Flight_152.pdf
  • MAS_Flight_160.pdf
  • MAS_Flight_153.pdf
  • MAS_flight_summary_SUM.tar.gz
  • MAS_images.tar.gz
  • MAS_Flight_179.pdf
  • MAS_Flight_176.pdf
  • MAS_Flight_180.pdf
  • MAS_Flight_147.pdf
  • MAS_Flight_149.pdf
  • MAS_Flight_158.pdf
  • MAS_Flight_151.pdf
  • MAS_Flight_157.pdf
  • MAS_Flight_154.pdf

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