THE CEOS DATABASE : Missions, Instruments and Measurements
CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - VEGETATION -
Full Name VEGETATION Status No longer operational
Instrument Agencies CNES, SNSB, COM Maturity
Instrument Type Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) Geometry Cross-track scanning
Instrument Technology Multi-purpose imaging Vis/IR radiometer Sampling Imaging
Data Access Open Access Data Format
Measurements and Applications Data of use for crop forecast and monitoring, vegetation monitoring, and biosphere/ geosphere interaction studies.
Resolution Summary 1.15 km at nadir - minimal variation for off-nadir viewing
[Best Resolution: 1150m]
Swath Summary 2200 km
Accuracy Summary
Waveband Summary Operational mode: VIS: 0.61 - 0.68 µm, NIR: 0.78 - 0.89 µm, SWIR: 1.58 - 1.75 µm, Experimental mode: VIS: 0.43 - 0.47 µm
VIS (~0.40 µm - ~0.75 µm)
NIR (~0.75 µm - ~1.3 µm)
SWIR (~1.3 µm - ~3.0 µm)
Instrument Measurements
CategoryParameterAccuracy
Albedo and reflectancePhotosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR) 
Fractionally absorbed PAR (FPAR) 
Earth surface albedo 
Multi-purpose imagery (land)Land surface imagery 
Multi-purpose imagery (ocean)Ocean imagery and water leaving radiance 
VegetationNormalized Differential Vegetation Index (NDVI) 
Leaf Area Index (LAI) 
Vegetation type 
Land cover 
Instrument Missions
SPOT-4 - Satellite Pour l'Observation de la Terre - 4 (1998 - 2013)
SPOT-5 - Satellite Pour l'Observation de la Terre - 5 (2002 - 2015)
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