The Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer
A Brief Reference Guide

by David A. Hastings and William J. Emery
Section IV: The Future of AVHRR, References

Table of Contents:


AVHRR already has two successors in various stages of design and development. The names for these systems change fairly frequently, so are inappropriate for mention here. A transitional sensor plans to split Channel 3 into daytime and nighttime sensors, but otherwise remain largely similar to the current AVHRR. Refined channel allocations and design are planned for the two full generations of successors to AVHRR.

The MODerate-resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MODIS), planned for the Earth Observing System later this decade, is intended to have slightly higher spatial resolution, and 64 spectral channels. It is intended to be a narrower image area, with a nadir-and tilt-pointing capability, to enable it to view in along-track stereo.

Several other experimental or commercial systems of moderate resolution have reached the drawing-board stage. It is safe to assume that desires will continue for adapting some of the more popular applications of AVHRR to more specialized systems.


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