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ASAS ~ The Advanced Solid-state Array Spectroradiometer

Advanced Solid-state Arrray Spectroradiometer Image

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The Advanced Solid-state Array Spectroradiometer (ASAS) data collection contains data collected by the ASAS sensor flown aboard NASA aircraft.  A fundamental use of ASAS data is to characterize and understand the directional variability in solar energy scattered by various land surface cover types (e.g.,crops, forests, prairie grass, snow, or bare soil).  The sensor's Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function determines the variation in the reflectance of a surface as a function of both the view zenith angle and solar illumination angle.

The ASAS sensor is a hyperspectral, multiangle, airborne remote sensing instrument maintained and operated by the Laboratory for Terrestrial Physics at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The ASAS instrument is mounted on the underside of either NASA C-130 or NASA P-3 aircraft and is capable of off-nadir pointing from approximately 70 degrees forward to 55 degrees aft along the direction of flight.  The aircraft is flown at an altitude of 5000 - 6000 meters (approximately 16,000 - 20,000 ft.).

Data in the ASAS collection primarily cover areas over the continental United States, but some ASAS data are also available over areas in Canada and western Africa.  The ASAS data were collected between 1988 and 1994.  Some applications of ASAS data include validating forest canopy reflectance models, estimating biophysical parameters used in forest ecosystem models, deriving vegetation algorithms, and retrieving information on atmospheric properties.

ASAS data can be searched and downloaded on EarthExplorer. The collection is located under Aerial Photography Dataset.

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