The Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument will provide a unique opportunity for studying the ecology and climate of Earth through the acquisition of global multiangle imagery on the daylit side of Earth.

There are many requirements that must be taken into account when designing an instrument like MISR. This section describes some of them, i.e. rationale for why MISR is designed the way it is. For example, it tells why there are nine cameras and why they are set at particular angles.


Status: Operational
Satellite Terra
Launch Date: December 1999
Type: Multiple direction/polarisation radiometers
Measurements and Applications: Measurements of global surface albedo, aerosol and vegetation properties. Also provides multi-angle bidirectional data (1% angle-to-angle accuracy) for cloud cover and reflectances at the surface and aerosol opacities. Global and local modes.

Technical Characteristics

Resolution: 275 m - 1.1km
N. of Bands: 4
Wavebands: VIS: 0.44 - 0.67 µm
NIR: 0.86 µm
Swath: 380 km




MISR Web Page http://www-misr.jpl.nasa.gov/index.html