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27-12-05, 00:02
Satellite image such as this one aid the military by providing improved weather forecasting. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Air Force Weather Administration values the near real-time imaging capability that MODIS provides.

Typical weather forecasts for accessible areas are based on variety of sources, including land and sea-based stations, daily atmospheric soundings, aircraft data collection, hourly surface observations, and satellite data. However, in remote or rugged terrain – or on battlefields – some of these data sets are simply not available. Satellite imagery then becomes a critical source of information for these areas.

MODIS images are also used to measure snowfall; snow melt from the mountains of Afghanistan is an important source of the country’s fresh water supply. Snow is also a major natural hazard in this region, causing the loss of human life and creating often impassable barriers to navigation – an important factor in the U.S. military’s ability to conduct Operation Enduring Freedom.

http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery/images/image12262005_md.jpg

Satellite: Aqua

Date Acquired: 12/23/2005

Resolutions: 1km (517.4 KB)
500m (1.8 MB)
250m (4.6 MB)

Bands Used: 1, 4, 3

Credit: Jeff Schmaltz
MODIS Land Rapid Response Team,
NASA GSFC