Remote Sensing Data and Information

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General Information and Resource Lists

WWW Virtual Library: Remote Sensing

Remote Sensing Tutorial developed by the Virtually Hawaii RSD project.

Remote Sensing Tutorial developed by the Applied Information Sciences Branch at NASA GSFC.

Remote Sensing Core Curriculum - "resources to support a state-of-the-practice educational experience" (university level)

NASA's Mission to Planet Earth studies how our global environment is changing. Using the unique perspective available from space, NASA is observing, monitoring and assessing large-scale environmental processes, with an emphasis on climate change.

The Remote Sensing Public Access Center (RSPAC) will demonstrate, test and transfer technology to help provide public use of Earth and space science data over the Internet.

Weather and Climate

The GOES Project - real-time images from the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites

SSEC Realtime Data - current satellite data compiled by the University of Wisconsin

NRL Monterey Satellite Products - real-time images from GOES, Meteosat and GMS

Weather World 2010 - integrating current and archived weather data with multimedia instructional resources. Part of The Daily Planet

A1-Weather - hotlist of weather-related WWW sites

EarthCast - current satellite images and weather; weather forecasts (many large GIFs and image maps)

University of Hawaii Meteorology - current weather maps and satellite images, plus Hawaii weather forecasts and surf reports

Current infrared and visible images from Meteosat (Europe & Africa - text is in German)

NASA Global Change Master Directory - comprehensive source of information about Earth science, environmental, biosphere, climate, and global change data holdings available to the scientific community throughout the world

IRI/LDEO Climate Data Library from the Columbia University LDEO (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory)

TOMS - Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer - daily global measurements of ozone from the TOMS instruments on various satellites

GLOBE Visualization server - GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) is a worldwide network of students, teachers, and scientists working together to study and understand the global environment. Current images of remotely-sensed data, computer model forecasts, and student data are available.

Earth Images from Space

Digital Image Collection at NASA/Johnson Space Center (photographs from Space Shuttle and Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Skylab programs)

Planetary Photojournal - images of the planets from the US space program

Earth from Space: An Astronaut's View of the Home Planet - photographs taken by NASA Space Shuttle astronauts.

Oceanography from the Space Shuttle - photographs taken by NASA astronauts aboard the space shuttle, highlighting oceanographic phenomena that are especially apparent to the human eye from space. Topics include coastlines, islands, local winds, waves, ship wakes, pollution, spiral eddies, and suloys.

Declassified Intelligence Satellite Photographs from the 1960s

Earth Sciences Pictures from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

The Canada Centre for Remote Sensing provides a comprehensive set of Landsat and SPOT images of Canada. Text is available in both English and French.

Space and Astronomy

The Project Galileo server describes the Galileo mission to Jupiter, and includes remote sensing imagery of the encounter with Ganymede (the largest moon in the solar system).

Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) Image Archive

Planetary Photojournal - images of the planets from the US space program

Hubble Space Telescope images, movies and information

Space Sciences Pictures from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Current images of the Sun at the Solar Data Analysis Center.

Big Bear Solar Observatory - daily images and magnetograms, and a gallery of greatest hits.

SOHO - Solar and Heliospheric Observatory

Yohkoh Data Archive Centre - data and images of the Sun from the Yohkoh satellite

The Nine Planets - A Multimedia Tour of the Solar System

Welcome to the Planets - NASA/JPL images from planetary exploration programs

Planetary Data System Imaging Node

Images of Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9's impact with Jupiter are available from Goddard and JPL.

NASA Space Physics Data System - a distributed system providing improved access to space physics data

COHOWeb - WWW-based data retrieval and analysis interface to NSSDC's COHO data, which consist of multi-spacecraft magnetic field, plasma, and ephemeris data. Includes data from Helios 1, Helios 2, Pioneer 10, Pioneer 11, Pioneer Venus Orbiter, Voyager 1, and Voyager 2 spacecraft.

Remote Sensing Archives

Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs)

Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Information Management System (IMS)

Goddard DAAC - atmospheric dynamics, upper atmosphere, global biosphere

Langley DAAC - radiation budget, clouds, aerosols, tropospheric chemistry

National Snow & Ice Data Center - snow cover and avalanches, glaciers and ice sheets, floating ice, ground ice and permafrost, atmospheric ice, extra-terrestrial ices, paleoglaciology and ice cores

EROS Data Center DAAC - land processes

JPL PO.DAAC - physical oceanography

Global Hydrology Resource Center (Marshall DAAC) - hydrology

Oak Ridge DAAC - biogeochemical dynamics

ASF DAAC - Alaska Synthetic Aperture Radar Facility

Other Archives

Earth Resources Observation Systems (EROS) Data Center - holds the world's largest collection of space- and aircraft-acquired imagery of the Earth. Browse their catalog of Data Available from EDC

Imaging Radar Home Page - data, images, animations, and information

Airborne Multisensor Pod System (AMPS) Data Access Catalog - CASI Hyperspectral Imager, Daedalus Airborne Multispectral Scanner, Synthetic Aperture Radar data

Specific Instruments


NASA Landsat page

USGS EROS Data Center - search and order Landsat data

Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES)

Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometers (AVHRR)

Other Instruments

TOMS - Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer - daily global measurements of ozone from the TOMS instruments on various satellites

Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) - joint NASA/Japan satellite to measure global tropical rainfall

Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) data archive

SPOT (Reston VA server; server in France also available) - Satellite Pour l'Observation de la Terre (data available for a fee)

AVIRIS (Airborne Visible Infrared Imaging Spectrometer) - optical sensor used for Earth remote sensing flown on a NASA ER-2 airplane

Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) - will be used to obtain detailed maps of surface temperature as well as digital elevation maps of surface features (launch in 1998 on EOS AM-1)

SeaWiFS (Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor), launched in August 1997, measures global ocean bio-optical properties. Images and data are available on line.

RADARSAT - Canadian synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite "to monitor environmental change and to support resource sustainability"

Topex/Poseidon - The Ocean Topography Experiment - US/France cooperative project to develop an advanced satellite system for observing the Earth's oceans

Measurement of Air Pollution from Satellites (MAPS) - measures the global distribution of carbon monoxide (CO) in the free troposphere

Advanced Communication Technology Satellite (ACTS) - provides for the development and flight test of high-risk, advanced communications satellite technology

Combined Release and Radiation Effects Satellite (CRRES) - mission to perform active experiments by chemical releases in the Earth's magnetosphere and ionosphere, to study the natural space environment and its effects on spacecraft electronics, and to study low altitude irregularities of the ionosphere

Projects and Organizations

World Meteorological Organization (specialized agency of the United Nations) [Switzerland]

Earth Observation Guide and Directory Service (European Space Agency) [Italy]

Flagstaff Terrestrial Remote Sensing Group [US]

Environmental Satellite Data Centre [Sweden]

Centre National d' Études Spatiales (CNES) - [France]

NASDA Earth Observation Center [Japan]

German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ) [Germany]

German Remote Sensing Data Center [Germany]

Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) [Netherlands]

EOSAT (Earth Observation Satellite Company) - provides satellite imagery, operates Landsat, markets data from India's IRS satellite

South African Weather Bureau [South Africa]

EOS Volcanology - The volcanology team focuses on the use of satellite remote sensing to study volcanoes


Satellite Situation Center - provides coordinates of observational satellites as a function of time

Baltimore-Washington Regional Collaboratory - animations of urban growth as measured from remote sensing and historical imagery

Télédétection - information on research programs, remote sensing data, and image processing [France]

Global sea surface temperature maps

OTA Reports - printed reports on civilian remote sensing and Earth observing systems from the Office of Technology Assessment

Field Spectrometry for Satellite Remote Sensing - discussion of ground-truth measurements and instrumentation

Employment opportunities in remote sensing and related fields