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Volume 6, Number 3—June 2000


Remote Sensing and Human Health: New Sensors and New Opportunities

Louisa R. Beck*†Comments to Author , Bradley M. Lobitz†, and Byron L. Wood†
Author affiliations: *California State University, Monterey Bay, California, USA; †NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California, USA

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Table 2

Current and proposed sensor systems for identifying and mapping vegetation and crop typea

Spatial Resolutionb (m)
Temporal resolution (days) 1-5 6-10 11-30
Daily (QuickBird)c
2-7 (Orbview-3,4) (QuickBird) (Almaz-1b MSU-E2)
(SPOT-5a,b 3xHRG) (ALOS AVNIR-2)
8-14 Ikonos Priroda/Mir MOMS-2P Priroda/Mir MOMS-2P
15-30 Terra ASTER
Landsat TM
Landsat-7 ETM+

aThis matrix is the output from an interactive search with the search engine located at
bSee Appendix 1 for explanations of sensor acronyms.
cSensors in parantheses have not yet been launched.

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1CHAART was established at Ames Research Center by NASA's Life Sciences Division, within the Office of Life & Microgravity Sciences & Applications, to make remote sensing, geographic information systems, global positioning systems, and computer modeling available to investigators in the human health community.

2The information gathered during the CHAART sensor evaluation process is available at

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