Global Re-Analysis of Vegetation

Our previous work on the remote-sensing based data assimilation framework has been extended to regional and global scales. It employs a subgrid‐scale representation of plant functional types (PFTs) and elevation classes to generate a globally applicable phenological parameter set. We are able to predict (or hindcast) a 50 year long (1960–2009) daily 1° × 1° global phenology climate …

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Remote Sensing Data Assimilation

We have developed a computational framework for data assimilation of Fraction of Photosynthetically Active Radiation absorbed by vegetation (FPAR) and Leaf Area Index (LAI) from the MODerate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) to constrain empirical temperature, light, moisture and structural vegetation parameters in a prognostic phenology model.   It uses the Ensemble Kalman Filter (EnKF) after …

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The European Heat wave of 2003 as seen from MODIS

Europe was experiencing a historic heat wave during the summer 2003. Compared to the long term climatological mean, temperatures in July 2003 were sizzling. Figure 1 below shows the differences in day time land surface temperatures of 2003 to the ones collected in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2004 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) …

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Terra satellite launch & deploy (Remake from 2006)

For Terra’s 5th anniversary I have created a remake of the original launch & deploy 3D animation:

Blue Marble Next Generation

The Blue Marble Next Generation (BMNG, 2005) is a cloud-free global satellite data set offering great spatial detail. It spans a longer data collection period than the original Blue Marble from 2000 and 2002. The original Blue Marble was a composite of four months of MODIS observations with a spatial resolution (level of detail) of …

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Blue Marble Next Generation Monthly Composites

A monthly collection of earth close-up images Click on the respectiv images to get larger versions. January 2004 Kenya February 2004 Lake Etosha March 2004 Sahara Desert April 2004 The Alps May 2004 The Himalayas June 2004 The Andes July 2004 Salt Lake City August 2004 Eastern Greenland September 2004 Patagonia October 2004 The Okawango Delta November 2004 Indonesian Islands December 2004 The Bahamas

MODIS Satellite versus GOCART Model Aerosol Animation

Earth Cam (rendered with the Blue Marble 2002 Textures)

Terra MODIS swath animation

Terra satellite launch & deploy

Terra is a multi-national, multi-disciplinary mission involving partnerships with the aerospace agencies of Canada and Japan. Managed by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, the mission also receives key contributions from the Jet Propulsion Laboratoryand Langley Research Center. Terra is an important part of NASA’s Science Mission, helping us better understand and protect our home planet. I have created …

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