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Mapping nocturnal lighting with the VIIRS Day/Night Band

Time 01/13/13 10:30AM-12:00PM

Session Abstract

The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) is an instrument flown on the NASA/NOAA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP). At night the VIIRS collects low light imaging data in a broad visible-near infrared spectral band known as the day/night band (DNB). This capability was designed for the imaging of moonlit clouds at night. In addition to moonlit clouds, the DNB detects light present at the Earth's surface. This includes urban settlements, fires, gas flares, and lit fishing boats. This workshop will provide an overview of the DNB and presentations from groups engaged in product development or use of DNB data.

Speakers include:

  • Why VIIRS data are superior to DMSP for mapping nocturnal lighting. Speaker: Chris Elvidge, NOAA National Geophysical Data Center (chris.elvidge@noaa.gov)

  • A stray filter for improving the quality of VIIRS low light imaging data. Speaker: Mikhail Zhizhin, CIRES University of Colorado (mikhail.zhizhin@noaa.gov)

  • The NGDC VIIRS reprojection toolkit. Speaker: Mikhail Zhizhin, CIRES University of Colorado (mikhail.zhizhin@noaa.gov)

  • A VIIRS cloud detection system optimized for cloud-free compositing. Speaker: Feng-Chi Hsu, CIRES University of Colorado (feng.c.hsu@noaa.gov)

  • VIIRS cloud-free compositing for nighttime lights. Speaker: Kimberly Baugh,CIRES University of Colorado (kim.baugh@noaa.gov)

Secondary tracks Data Intensive Science Global Collaboration R&E Network Applications

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