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Goddard Multi-sensor Airborne Snow Sensing Suite

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This project aims to prepare a key component of a multi-sensor airborne system that can be used by the snow remote sensing community to collect snow datasets and enable future snow missions.

The international snow community believes a multi-sensor approach to snow remote sensing offers the best hope for accurate snow retrievals.  However, the community does not have multi-sensor datasets to use to develop retrieval algorithms.  A multi-sensor airborne snow suite used in a community airborne field campaign would be able to collect such datasets.  This project will focus on preparing a key element of that sensor suite: a passive microwave imager operating at several wavelengths sensitive to snow.  The goal of this project is to make ready NASA’s Airborne Earth Science Microwave Imaging Radiometer (AESMIR) for snow observations.

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