IVIS Laboratory

Image Visualization and Infrared Spectroscopy Lab

Prof. Michael S. Ramsey (Director)


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The Planetary Laboratory

The planetary image laboratory archives an extensive data collection of NASA airborne and spaceborne visible near infrared (VNIR), short wave infrared (SWIR) and thermal infrared (TIR) data for many locations throughout the western US, Hawaii, and Alaska, as well as TIR data from Mars. Additionally, printed U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) maps of planetary bodies in our solar system are archived and available for viewing. This extensive library of planetary reference books also includes archives of conference abstract book such as the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC), books of NASA instrumentation, and useful planetary and methods textbooks.

Image processing and analysis is carried out using a variety of in-house software packages, as well as ENVI/IDL, FLIR Research IR, ESRI ArcGIS, and the Davinci image processing software developed at Arizona State University. The IVIS facility is now coordinating and archiving data for several major objectives of the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument onboard the Terra spacecraft (including global data of active volcanoes, urban centers, and deserts) and the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) on the Mars Odyssey spacecraft.


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