Publication Date


Committee Chair

Ruijin Ma, Ph.D.

Committee Members

Douglas M. Flewelling, Ph.D.


NASA’s medium spatial resolution MODIS sensor provides near-global, daily remote sensing coverage of the Earth in 36 spectral bands that are optimized for monitoring a wide variety of environmental parameters. MODIS data is provided by NASA at no cost and is easily accessible via the Internet. As such, MODIS provides a rich source of remotely sensed data that can provide timely environmental information to military operations, disaster monitoring, and relief efforts. However, current workflows for downloading MODIS and identifying environmental features of interest require the use of sophisticated software operated by experienced analysts. These software packages have the added limitations of being expensive and not readily available in combat and/or disaster relief environments. This paper discusses the development of a set of software tools using existing geographic information system technology. These tools can enable analysts with limited experience and operating in difficult environments to easily access MODIS data and develop environmental spatial data from it for further analysis. Two different system architectures were developed as solutions—one that exists as a set of standalone tools in a desktop environment using ArcGIS Explorer, and one that exists as a client-server framework using ArcGIS Server with ArcGIS Explorer as the client.

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A MODIS Imagery Toolkit for ArcGIS Explorer: Explore, Retrieve, Analyze (Poster)