Remote sensing resources for Idaho.



U.S. Geological Survey


Boise State University

Idaho State University

University of Idaho


MODIS (or Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) is a key instrument aboard the Terra (EOS AM) and Aqua (EOS PM) satellites. Terra's orbit around the Earth is timed so that it passes from north to south across the equator in the morning, while Aqua passes south to north over the equator in the afternoon.
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  • Type of sensor, passive
  • Spatial resolutions: 250m, 500m, 1,000m
  • 36 spectral bands
  • Views entire Earth’s surface every 1 to 2 days

Applications:  measures large-scale global dynamics including changes in Earth's cloud cover, radiation budget and processes occurring in the oceans, on land, and in the lower atmosphere.

MODIS image - Central Idaho Fires (Aug 2007)

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