Image from TERRA
Wed, 22 Jul 2020 12:01 EDT

NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of fires wreaking havoc across a large swath of Siberia on July 21, 2020.

Image from TERRA
Fri, 17 Jul 2020 11:00 EDT

Puerto Rico now has an air quality warning system that provides three days of advance notice about potentially harmful dust that travels across the Atlantic Ocean from the Sahara Desert.

Image from TERRA
Wed, 15 Jul 2020 10:35 EDT

NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of California’s Mineral fire with the MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) instrument on July 14, 2020.

Data

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Terra’s five instruments produce 83 core data products which are distributed through the Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LPDAAC), the Atmospheric Science Data Center (ASDC), Ocean Color Web, Level 1 and Atmosphere Archive and Distribution System, and the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC).

Each data set is specialized and many work in concert with other data products.  To understand how remote sensing works many novice users may benefit from acquainting themselves with the Fundamentals of Remote Sensing, a resource from Natural Resource Canada.  Data sets are typically available as Hierarchical Data Format (HDF) files and there are a variety of HDF processing software available that allow users to display and browse images and data file information. Many of these software programs are available in the public domain as well as commercially.

The Terra data from each of the five instruments can be accessed through the respective data centers that host data products. These data centers are listed on each instrument data page.


Latest Terra data products information can be found on the following instrument data products page: