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Moderate resolution remote sensing alternatives: a review of Landsat-like sensors and their applications

[+] Author Affiliations
Scott L. Powell

USDA Forest Service

Dirk Pflugmacher, Alan A. Kirschbaum, Yuni Kim

Oregon State University

Warren B. Cohen

USDA Forest Service

J. Appl. Remote Sens. 1(1), 012506 (November 9, 2007). doi:10.1117/1.2819342
History: Received August 23, 2007; Revised October 25, 2007; Accepted November 1, 2007; November 9, 2007; Online November 09, 2007
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Abstract

Earth observation with Landsat and other moderate resolution sensors is a vital component of a wide variety of applications across disciplines. Despite the widespread success of the Landsat program, recent problems with Landsat 5 and Landsat 7 create uncertainty about the future of moderate resolution remote sensing. Several other Landsat-like sensors have demonstrated applicability in key fields of earth observation research and could potentially complement or replace Landsat. The objective of this paper is to review the range of applications of 5 satellite suites and their Landsat-like sensors: SPOT, IRS, CBERS, ASTER, and ALI. We give a brief overview of each sensor, and review the documented applications in several earth observation domains, including land cover classification, forests and woodlands, agriculture and rangelands, and urban. We conclude with suggestions for further research into the fields of cross-sensor comparison and multi-sensor fusion. This paper is significant because it provides the remote sensing community a concise synthesis of Landsat-like sensors and research demonstrating their capabilities. It is also timely because it provides a framework for evaluating the range of Landsat alternatives, and strategies for minimizing the impact of a possible Landsat data gap.

© 2007 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers

Citation

Scott L. Powell ; Dirk Pflugmacher ; Alan A. Kirschbaum ; Yuni Kim and Warren B. Cohen
"Moderate resolution remote sensing alternatives: a review of Landsat-like sensors and their applications", J. Appl. Remote Sens. 1(1), 012506 (November 9, 2007). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.2819342


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