Mission

Instruments

Descriptiona

Launch Date

Web Links

Triana

Advanced Whole Earth Radiometer

A suite of small, next-generation space weather monitoring instruments

Scripps EPIC (Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera)

Triana uses the Sun-Earth libration point (1,000,000 km away from Earth) to continuously observe the Earth. This is a cooperative project between the offices of Earth and Space science.

To be determined

<http://triana.gsfc.nasa.gov/home/>

Vegetation Canopy Lidar (VCL)

Multi-Beam Laser Altimeter (MBLA)

The principal goal of the Vegetation Canopy Lidar (VCL) mission is the characterization of the three-dimensional structure of the Earth. The two main science objectives are: (1) Land cover characterization for terrestrial ecosystem modeling, monitoring and prediction, and climate modeling and prediction, and (2) Global reference data set of topographic spot heights and transects.

2020

<http://www.geog.umd.edu/vcl>

aAll mission descriptions are quoted from the Web sites listed in the “Web Links” column and accessed in May 2003.



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