Kenyatta University in partnership with the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) is organizing a series of training workshops to introduce satellite data users to the domain of MODIS Data. The trainings will take place on the afternoons (2:00pm – 5:00pm) of 18th, 19th and 20th March 2019 in the GIS Lab, EF 03 within the 8:4:4 Complex at Kenyatta University Main Campus.

MODIS is an acronym for MODerate resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer which is one of the Satellite Remote Sensing instruments. It is an imaging sensor on board the Terra satellite. The satellite covers the entire Earth's surface area every 1 to 2 days, acquiring data in 36 spectral bands, or groups of wavelengths. MODIS collect data by detecting the energy that is reflected from Earth. The data collected is critical in understanding the global dynamics and processes occurring on the land, in the oceans, and in the lower atmosphere. Some specific uses include mapping the earth’s temperature, soil moisture, monitoring land use and land cover changes, urban growth, weather monitoring, oceanography, and disaster management.

MODIS Data has the following characteristics:

  • Type: Instrument that flies on 2 polar orbiting research satellites
  • Heritage: AVHRR (land), SeaWIFS (ocean), HIRS (atmosphere) [4 Focal Plane Assemblies: VIS, NIR, SMIR, LWIR]
  • Spectral coverage: 36 spectral bands (490 detectors) covering wavelength range from 0.4 to 14.5 μm (micrometers)
  • Spatial resolution: Spatial resolution at nadir: 250m (2 bands), 500m (5 bands) and 1000m (29 bands)
  • Image scanning system: 2-sided Paddle Wheel Scan Mirror scans 2330 km swath in 1.47 sec with a 12 bit (0-4095) dynamic range
  • On-Board Calibrators: SD/SDSM, SRCA, and BB (plus space view)

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In this course the participants will be introduced to:

  • Day 1: Introduction to required software and MODIS Data Products
  • Day 2: Processing MODIS data single bands, converting to relevant projections and formats, selecting data layers for use and staking them for visualization
  • Day 3: Application of MODIS Select data layers for flood risk assessment

To participate in the training and build your capacity and skills in the use of the MODIS data products, please apply for practical training by Registering here 

Kindly note that there are limited slots for the training and opportunity will be offered on first-come-first-served basis
Download the Draft Programme here and the Poster here
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