Earthnet Programme Office Heat Capacity Mapping Mission (HCMM) Data, ESA/ESRINEntry ID: EPO-HCMM
Abstract: The Heat Capacity Mapping Radiometer (HCMR) provide
thermal infrared day/night visible and IR data with a
resolution (at nadir) of approximately 500m for the
(0.55-1.1 micrometers) and 600m for the infrared
micrometers). The HCMR flew on board the Heat
Mission (HCMM) from 1978 to 1980. Data collected
from this mission,
and ... derived thermal inertia products are useful for a
science studies including:
* discrimination of rock types and mineral
* measuring plant canopy temperatures;
* measuring soil temperature cycles;
* mapping natural and man-made thermal
* mapping and monitoring snow fields.
The HCMM local times of equator crossing were 2pm
(ascending node) and
2am (descending node). This provided day/night
coverage about once
every 16 days at approximately 12-hour intervals
latitude. The Earthnet Programme Office archive was
processed by the French Space Meteorology Centre
(CMS) at Lannion
(Brittany). Areas covered by this receiving station
Europe and north western Africa.
Due to the closure of Lannion HCMM production chain
and the transfer
of CCT data files to ESA EPO, at the end of 1985,
only copies of
existing data products (raw or S/C) are available:
4401 Copy of archived HCMM data and
products, per CCT
Note: an archived tape contains one or more of the
a) Raw data Day (VIS or IR) or Night (IR)
b) Radiometrically corrected data
c) Radiometrically and geometrically corrected
data Day (VIS or IR)
or Night (IR)
d) Night IR pass registered on Day Image
e) Temperature difference image (Night IR
minus D IR)
f) Thermal Inertia Map computed from N/D
registered data as a function
of temperature difference image.
Note: Each tape product of a) and b) contains up to
6 min. of data.
Each product of c), d), e), f) contains 2 min.
of data corresponding
to areas identified by numbers from 1 to 7.
Each number refers to different ranges
latitude, as follows:
number min.lat. max.lat.
1 26.8 34.3
2 34.3 41.6
3 37.3 46.0
4 43.7 50.9
5 48.7 56.0
6 56.0 63.0
7 63.0 70.0
HCMM data for a larger coverage area are available
from the National
Space Science Data Center.
Start Date: 1978-07-11Stop Date: 1980-09-14
LAND SURFACE > LAND TEMPERATURE > LAND HEAT CAPACITY
LAND SURFACE > LAND TEMPERATURE > LAND SURFACE TEMPERATURE
LAND SURFACE > SOILS > SOIL TEMPERATURE
LAND SURFACE > SURFACE RADIATIVE PROPERTIES > THERMAL PROPERTIES > THERMAL INERTIA
LAND SURFACE > SURFACE RADIATIVE PROPERTIES > THERMAL PROPERTIES
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING > INFRARED WAVELENGTHS > INFRARED IMAGERY
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING > INFRARED WAVELENGTHS > SENSOR COUNTS
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING > INFRARED WAVELENGTHS > THERMAL INFRARED
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING > VISIBLE WAVELENGTHS > SENSOR COUNTS
SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING > VISIBLE WAVELENGTHS > VISIBLE IMAGERY
ISO Topic Category
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: +39 06 94180777
Fax: +39 06 94180292
Email: eohelp at esa.int
ESA/ESRIN Via G. Galilei
Postal Code: 00044
ESA, Heat Capacity Mapping Mission (HCCM) -
Information Pack. Earthnet Programme Office (ESA-ESRIN), 1981.
Fusco, L., The Earthnet HCMM Data-Processing System
at Lannion. ESA Bulletin, 24, 46-52, 1980.
Kahle, A.B., J.P. Schieldge, M.J.Abrams, R.E. Alley,
and C.J. LeVine, Geologic Applications of thermal inertia imaging
using HCMM data. JPL Publication 81-55, Pasadena, CA, 1981.
Short, Nicholas M. and Locke Stuart, 'The Heat
Capacity Mapping Mission (HCMM) Anthology', NASA SP-465, 1982.
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