Operational observation of Australian bioregions with bands 8-19 of MODIS
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Data from bands 1-7 are the most common bands of the MODIS instrument used for near-real time terrestrial earth observation operations in Australia. However, many of Australia's bioregions present unique scenarios which constitute a challenge for quantitative environmental remote sensing. We believe that data from MODIS bands 8-19 may provide significant benefit to Earth observation over particular bioregions of the Australian continent. Examples here include the use of band 8 in characterising aerosol optical depth over typically bright land surfaces and accounting for anomalous retrievals of atmospheric water vapour obtained using MOD05 based on the abundance of Australia's 'red dirt', which exhibits absorption features in the near infrared bands 17-19 of MODIS. Bioregion-focused applications such as those mentioned above have driven the development of automated processing, infrastructure for the atmospheric and BRDF correction of the first 19 bands of MODIS rather than only the first 7, which is more often the case. This work has been facilitated by the AusCover project which is the remote sensing component of the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN), itself a program designed to create a new generation of infrastructure for ecological study of the Australian landscape.
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