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MASTER - Information

The primary objective of MASTER is to support the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer(ASTER) and Moderate resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer(MODIS) instrument teams in the areas of algorithm development, calibration and validation. MASTER is essentially a clone of the MODIS Airborne Simulator (MAS), with changes in the spectral band positions in order to better simulate both ASTER and MODIS. MASTER provides higher resolution remote sensing than its spaceborne cousins and covers the electromagnetic spectrum from 400 to 1300 nanometers over 50 spectral bands.


Journal References  Hook, S. J. Myers, J. J., Thome, K. J., Fitzgerald, M. and A. B. Kahle, 2001. The MODIS/ASTER airborne simulator (MASTER) - a new instrument for earth science studies. Remote Sensing of Environment, vol. 76, Issue 1, pp. 93-102.
Dataset Type 
  • Level 1 (L1)- geolocated, calibrated, radiance
  • Level 2 (L2)- atmospherically and topographically corrected, geolocated surface reflectance (visual, shortwave, and middle infrared), and thermal emissivity and land surface temperature (LST)
  • Level 3 (L3)- calculated indicesoperational metrics (e.g., NDVI)
Utilities 
  • Burn fraction
  • calculating fire radiative power
  • Fuel condition (live or dead), type, amount, moisture content
Resolution 35 m
Projection UTM datum NAD83
Swath Width  35 km
Aircraft Parameters 
  • Spectral Bands: 50 (16-bit resolution)
  • IFOV: 2.5 mrad
  • Ground Resolution: 12-50 meters (variable w/ altitude)
  • Total FOV: 85.92 degrees
  • Pixels/Scanline: 716
  • Scan Rate: 6.25 - 25 Hz
L2 Band Configuration

NOTE: For the most recent calibration information please visit the MASTER website directly.

Band Number Band Center (µm) Bandwidth (µm) Spectral Range
1 0.46 0.04 0.440-0.480
2 0.5 0.04 0.480-0.520
3 0.54 0.04 0.520-0.560
4 0.58 0.04 0.560-0.600
5 0.66 0.06 0.630-0.690
6 0.71 0.04 0.690-0.730
7 0.75 0.04 0.730-0.770
8 0.8 0.04 0.780-0.820
9 0.865 0.04 0.845-0.885
10 0.905 0.04 0.885-0.925
11 0.945 0.04 0.925-0.965
12 1.625 0.05 1.600-1.650
13 1.675 0.05 1.650-1.700
14 1.725 0.05 1.700-1.750
15 1.775 0.05 1.750-1.800
16 1.825 0.05 1.800-1.850
17 1.875 0.05 1.850-1.900
18 1.925 0.05 1.900-1.950
19 1.975 0.05 1.950-2.000
20 2.075 0.05 2.050-2.100
21 2.16 0.05 2.135-2.185
22 2.21 0.05 2.185-2.235
23 2.26 0.05 2.235-2.285
24 2.3295 0.065 2.297-2.362
25 2.3945 0.065 2.362-2.427
28 3.45 0.15 3.375-3.525
29 3.6 0.15 3.525-3.675
30 3.75 0.15 3.675-3.825
43 8.7 0.4 8.50-8.90
44 9.1 0.4 8.90-9.30
47 10.625 0.65 10.30-10.95
48 11.3 0.7 10.95-11.65
49 12.05 0.5 11.80-12.30
Data Provider  Creator: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Release Place: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, CA, USA
Please acknowledge data processing of this data by E. Natasha Stavros with Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California.