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Volume 6, Number 3—June 2000

Perspective

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 5

Current and proposed sensor systems for identifying and mapping soil moisturea

Temporal Resolution
(days) Spatial Resolutionb (m)
11-30 101-500 501-1,000 1,001-4,000
Daily NOAA AVHRR
2-7 (Almaz-1b SAR-70)c
(ARIES-1)
(ENVISAT-1 ASAR)
Radarsat
SPOT-4 2xHRVIR (ADEOS II GLI)
(Almaz-1b MSU-SK)
(Almaz-1b SROSM)
(ENVISAT-1 AATSR)
Terra MODIS
(EOS PM-1 MODIS)
Resurs-01 N2,3
MSU-SK
8-14 (LightSAR)
Priroda/Mir MOMS-2P Priroda/Mir MSU-SK
15-30 Terra ASTER
ERS-1,2 AMI-SAR
Landsat TM
Landsat-7 ETM+ Landsat TM TIR
>30 ERS-1,2 AMI-SAR

aThis matrix is the output from an interactive search with the search engine located at http://geo.arc.nasa.gov/sge/health/sensor/senchar.html
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 http://geo.arc.nasa.gov/sge/health/sensor/sensor.html.

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