The moderate resolution imaging spectroradiometer (MODIS): Land remote sensing for global change research

Christopher O. Justice, Eric Vermote, John R.G. Townshend, Ruth Defries, David P. Roy, Dorothy K. Hall, Vincent V. Salomonson, Jeffrey L. Privette, George Riggs, Alan Strahler, Wolfgang Lucht, Ranga B. Myneni, Yuri Knyazikhin, Steve W. Running, Rama R. Nemani, Zhengming Wan, Alfredo R. Huete, Wim Van Leeuwen, Robert E. Wolfe, Louis GiglioJan Peter Muller, Philip Lewis, Michael J. Barnsley

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The first Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument is planned for launch by NASA in 1998. This instrument will provide a new and improved capability for terrestrial satellite remote sensing aimed at meeting the needs of global change research. The MODIS standard products will provide new and improved tools for moderate resolution land surface monitoring. These higher order data products have been designed to remove the burden of certain common types of data processing from the user community and meet the more general needs of global-to-regional monitoring, modeling, and assessment. The near-daily coverage of moderate resolution data from MODIS, coupled with the planned increase in high-resolution sampling from Landsat 7, will provide a powerful combination of observations. The full potential of MODIS will be realized once a stable and well-calibrated time-series of multispectral data has been established. In this paper the proposed MODIS standard products for land applications are described along with the current plans for data quality assessment and product validation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1228-1249
Number of pages22
JournalIEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1998


  • Earth observing system-moderate resolution imaging spectroradiometer (eos-modis)
  • Global change
  • Monitoring
  • Satellite remote sensing


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