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A General Introduction to MISR
Most satellite instruments look only straight down, or toward the edge of the planet. To fully understand Earth's climate, and to determine how it may be changing, we need to know the amount of sunlight that is scattered in different directions under natural conditions. The Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) is a new type of instrument, which is designed to address this issue. It views Earth with cameras pointed in 9 different directions. This site features text, pictures, and animations that describe what MISR is and how it monitors trends in the amount and type of atmospheric particles; the amounts, types, and heights of clouds; and the distribution of land surface cover, including vegetation canopy.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Presentation / Demo
  • Visual:
    • Imagery - remotely sensed
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
  • Atmospheric science
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright and other restrictions information is unknown.
DLESE Catalog ID: NASA-Edmall-2821
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contributor: NASA MISR Sciece Team