This page lists a selection of major remote-sensing satellites;
each of these is making an active, important contribution to
earth observation. I have been involved in data processing from
four of these platforms.
- AVHRR -
The advanced, very high resolution radiometer. Measures earth-surface
radiation in the infrared over very large spatial extents.
- EOS-AM - The Earth Observation
System AM platform from NASA, a substantial platform intended to study
climate change and global warming.
- TOPEX/POSEIDON -
The joint US/French radiometer for very accurate measurements of the ocean
surface, to study geodesy and ocean currents.
(alternate, more detailed, link) -
The first major earth-observation platform from the European space agency.
Includes a synthetic aperture radar and a radiometer.
- Landsat -
A long-established set of satellites, scanning the earth from polar orbit
at high resolution in the visible and infrared.
link) - Canada's synthetic aperture radar satellite, very high resolution
and global scale.
- A substantial environmental monitoring package being launched by ESA
(The background image shows a hierarchical quadtree which has played a
fundamental role in my statistical modeling research.)
(Last Updated - Nov. 10, 1998)