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VIIRS workshops on new remote-sensing software

TERN and AusCover are organising two workshops on the new Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) processing software that has just begun to be used in satellite sensing.

VIIRS is a scanning radiometer mounted on a satellite to collect visible and infrared radiometric measurements of the land, atmosphere, oceans, and cryosphere (ice-covered land and sea, and permafrost). Its deployment will have an impact on AusCover’s remote-sensing activities.

The workshops relate to the software to process data that will be received from the VIIRS instruments, which are the NASA replacement for the MODIS-series instruments. The first of the VIIRS instruments was launched last month.

One VIIRS workshop will be held in Perth on February 6–8, and the other in Melbourne on February 13–15. The workshops will be presented by a team comprising Professor Paul Menzel, Mr Liam Gumley and Dr Geoff Cureton from the Space Science and Engineering Centre (SSEC) and the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. This team wrote the well-known and widely used International MODIS/AIRS Processing Package (IMAPP).

The team has been working for the last three years on VIIRS processing algorithms and software. The workshops will cover the instrument characteristics, the algorithms, the hands-on processing of simulated datasets and, if they are available in time, processing of VIIRS down-linked datasets.

Information on the program, venues and registration will be emailed to everyone on the TERN central email list and to other remote sensing groups. For more information contact Professor Mervyn Lynch, in the Department of Imaging and Applied Physics, Curtin University, Perth, by email or on (08) 9266 7540.

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