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AVHRR Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer
AEZ Agro-Ecological Zoning
AMSR Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer. New, soil moisture @ 1 km resolution
ASTER Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (10-30 m resolution)
AVHRR Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer. 8 km, global NDVI coverage (free)
CEOS Committee on Earth Observing Satellites
CIESIN Center for International Earth Science Information, Columbia University
CORINE Co-ordination of Information on the Environment 
CSIRO Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Australia
CRTS Centre Royal de Télédétection Spatiale
DAAC Distributed Active Archive Centers
DEM Digital elevation model (digital topographic map)
ENVISAT Environmental Satellite
EOS NASA Earth Observing System
EROS Earth Resources Observation System data cente (USGS)
ERS European Remote Sensing
ESA European Space Agency
ETM+ Enhanced Thematic Mapper
EU European Union
EUROSTAT Statistical Office of the European Communities
FAO Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
FGDC US Federal Geographic Data Committee
GCOS Global Climate Observing System
GEMS Global Environmental Monitoring System of the UN
GEOSS Global Earth Observation System of Systems 
GIS Geographical Information System
GLCN Global land Cover Network
GMES Global Monitoring for Environment and Security
GOES Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites
GOFC Global Observation of Forest Cover
GOLD Global Observation Land Cover Dynamics
GOOS Global Ocean Observing System
GRID Global Resource Information Database
GTOS Global Terrestrial Observing System
ICSU International Council for Science (ICSU)
IGBP International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme
IGSNRR Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS
IGOS-P Integrated Global Observing Strategy-Partnership
IKONOS Space Imaging's satellite; 1 m panchromatic and 4 m multispectral images
IOC Intergovernmental Oceanographic Organization
JAXA Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
JERS Japanese Earth Resources Satellite
JRC Joint Research Centre
LADA Land Degradation Assessment in drylands
LANDSAT NASA satellite series first launced in 1972
LCCS Land Cover Classification System
LCCS Land Cover Classification System
LIDAR Light detection and ranging. Very high-resolution (<< 1 m) active laser system
LUCC Land Use and land Cover Change Project (IGBP and IHDP)
MASTER MODIS/ASTER
MEDA Medium Resolution Data-Base for Africa
MODIS Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer of NASA (resolution from 250 m to 8 km)
MOST Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology
MRLC Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics consortium
MSS Multispectral Sensor - on early LandSat satellites
NASA US National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NDVI Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (vegetation greenness)
NIMA National Imagery and Mapping Agency (US)
NLCD National Land Cover Database. Product from MRLC
NOAA US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NRSCC National Remote Sensing Center of China
NSF US National Science Foundation
QuickBird Digital Globe's imagery; 0.6 m pan; 2.4. multispectral
RADAR Radiation Detection and Ranging
SAR Synthetic Aperture Radar
SAR Synthetic Aperature Radar
SMMR Scanning Multichannel Microwave Radiometer
SPOT Satellite Earth Observation System by Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales
SRTM Shuttle Radar Topography Mission
TEMS Terrestrial Environmental Monitoring System
TM Thematic Mapper instrument on Landsat satellites
UNEP United Nations Environment Programme
UNEP WCMC World Conservation Monitoring Centre
UNESCO U.N. Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization
USDA United States Department of Agriculture
USGS United States Geological Service
WMO World Meteorological Organization


 
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