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NDRC Webinar

Virtual NDRC Webinar Series

The NASA Direct Readout Conference (NDRC) Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the first in a series of webinars to facilitate communications among, and provide updates to, the Real-time (RT) and Near Real-time (NRT) remote sensing user communities.  Technology updates to be presented at this first webinar include Fire Science Algorithms and Products, as well as the new Multi-Angle Implementation of Atmospheric Correction (MAIAC) Algorithm to significantly improve atmospheric correction for surface reflectance products. 

The Ninth International NASA Direct Readout Conference (NDRC-9) held in Valladolid, Spain in June 2016 provided a venue for awareness and exchange of remote sensing science research and corresponding RT/NRT applications using Direct Readout and other low latency Earth observation capabilities.  A key outcome of the conference was the need to facilitate forums for ongoing communications among RT/NRT data practitioners, organizations that enable decision support system operations, and the end user community. 

Webinar Series Details

The webinar series will focus on NDRC-9 themes, topics and priorities, including updates on relevant science, algorithms, technologies, applications and systems  The frequency and topics of webinars in this series will be based on input articulated by interested participants.  Webinars will initially concentrate on Land discipline applications and broader topics, but may be expanded to include Atmosphere and Ocean disciplines.  Presentations, action items, and relevant meeting notes will be published on the NASA DRL Web Portal.

First Webinar and Agenda Details
Date: May 29, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (15:00 UTC)
  • Purpose/Objectives of the Webinar Series – Brad Quayle (USDA FS GTAC)
    Purpose and objectives of this effort related to NDRC, and relevant updates.

  • Fire Science Algorithms and Products Update for Low Latency Applications/Users – Louis Giglio (NASA/GSFC)
    This presentation will cover current status of active fire algorithms for MODIS, VIIRS, Landsat and Sentinel 2 and burned area algorithms for MODIS and VIIRS, availability of these algorithms for user implementation within NASA data processing frameworks and technologies, and availability of derivative science data products, including:
  • Status of the Multi-Angle Implementation of Atmospheric Correction (MAIAC) Algorithm for Low Latency Applications/Users – Alexei Lyapustin (NASA/GSFC)
    MAIAC is a new algorithm that uses time-series analysis and processing of pixel groups for advanced cloud detection and retrieval of aerosol and surface bidirectional reflectance properties. MAIAC significantly improves the accuracy of atmospheric correction for northern latitudes and tropics—including the Amazon region—as compared to standard MODIS surface reflectance products. This presentation will cover the current status of the MAIAC algorithm for MODIS and VIIRS and the availability of the algorithm for user implementation within NASA data processing frameworks and technologies.

  • Meeting Wrap Up and Planning for Next Webinar – Brad Quayle
    Determine webinar frequency and format, scope of topics for webinars, and identify topics and presenters for the next webinar.
How to Register
The NDRC webinar series is free, but registration is required and participation is limited.  Preference will be given to organizations that facilitate decision support systems, other applications of Earth observation data that provide societal benefit, and end users of such systems and applications.  To register, please complete and submit the registration form below by May 4 for organizing committee consideration.  Invitees will be notified via email no later than May 25 and provided with instructions and credentials to access the webinar.
Registration Form
1. Email Address:
2. First Name:
3. Last Name:
4. Address:
5. City:
6. Country:
7. User Type:
8. Company/Institution/Agency Name:
9. Title:
10. How do you anticipate you and your organization contributing to this overall effort and providing benefit?
11. Are you attending specifically as a member of one of the following organizations (click all that apply)?
DRR (Disaster Risk Reduction) (e.g., UNISDR)
Conservation International
World Bank
12. Is there anything else you wish the workshop organizers to know or emphasize for RT/NRT applications?
13. Are you interested in proposing an oral presentation on a relevant theme for a future webinar? If yes, please enter the topic of your potential contribution here.