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A method for compositing MODIS satellite images to remove cloud cover


Fraser, AD and Massom, RA and Michael, KJ, A method for compositing MODIS satellite images to remove cloud cover, The IGARSS 2009 Proceedings, 12-17 July 2009, Capetown, South-Africa, pp. 639-641. ISBN 9781424433957 (2009) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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DOI: doi:10.1109/IGARSS.2009.5417841


Techniques are presented for generating thermal infrared and visible composite images from cloud-free portions of MODIS (MODerate resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) images closely spaced in time, with a focus on studies of landfast sea ice along the East Antarctic coast. Composite image inclusion criteria are based on modified MODIS EOS cloud mask product results. The compositing process places emphasis on retaining maximum spatial resolution while minimizing computing storage space requirements. Composite images can be produced either as a regular product (e.g., on a 10-day grid), or dynamically (whenever enough information is acquired to produce a new output image). The techniques presented are applicable at any latitude, are available for all MODIS channels at their native resolution, can combine Aqua and Terra images, and can produce maps in any output projection. However, due to the polar orbit of NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites which host the MODIS instrument, more frequent coverage is produced at higher latitudes. Thus, the techniques presented are particularly applicable to polar research. Examples of summertime (visible) and wintertime (IR) composite image generation of the landfast sea ice around the Mertz Glacier region, East Antarctica, are included.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Remote sensing, Antarctic, MODIS
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Physical geography and environmental geoscience
Research Field:Glaciology
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Understanding climate change
Objective Field:Climate variability (excl. social impacts)
UTAS Author:Fraser, AD (Dr Alex Fraser)
UTAS Author:Massom, RA (Dr Robert Massom)
UTAS Author:Michael, KJ (Dr Kelvin Michael)
ID Code:75511
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2012-02-01
Last Modified:2012-12-11
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