Diversity II

Supporting the Convention on Biological Diversity


Earth Observation terminology, acronyms and abbreviations related to Diversity II.

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AATSRAdvanced Along-Track Scanning Radiometer. This instrument is in fact the same design as the ATSR-2 flying on ERS-2. It has four infrared channels and three visible channels. The swath, centered on the subsatellite ground track, is imaged under two different incidence angles in both spectral bands.
ACAtmospheric Correction
AlgorithmIn the context of remote sensing, algorithms generally specify how to determine higher-level data products from lower-level source data. For example, algorithms prescribe how atmospheric temperature and moisture profiles are determined from a set of radiation observations originally sensed by satellite sounding instruments.
ASARAdvanced Synthetic Aperture Radar
ATBDAlgorithm Theoretical Basis Document (Diversity II document delivery)
BCBrockmann Consult GmbH
BEAMEarth Observation Toolbox and Development Platform (ESA open source)
BGBrockmann Geomatics Sweden
C2RCase-2 Regional. An algorithm to retrieve water quality in near-shore waters.
CBDConvention on Biological Diversity
CCIClimate Change Initiative
CDOMColoured Dissolved Organic Matter
CDRCritical Design Review
CHLChlorophyll Concentration
CIBIOResearch Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
CoastColourThe European Space Agency has launched the CoastColour project to fully exploit the potential of the MERIS instrument for remote sensing of the coastal zone.
COPConference of the Parties, the supreme body of the CBD
DLRDeutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt
DUBDiversity User Bureau
DUEData User Element, a component of ESA's Earth Observation Envelope Programme (EOEP)
DUGDiversity User Group
ENVISATENVIronment SATellite - Envisat website Envisat is an ESA environmental satellite that observes the atmosphere, ocean, land, and ice, with the goal of aiding environmental studies and climate change. Due to an anomoly on 08 April 2012 the mission was declared over on May 09 2012.
EOEarth Observation
ERDASERDAS IMAGINE is a remote sensing application for geospatial applications.
ESAEuropean Space Agency - ESA website ESA is a multi-national European space agency that coordinates the space programme of Europe.
ESRINEuropean Space Research Institute - ESRIN website ESRIN is ESA's Earth Observation centre in Italy. It also serves as an interface between ESA and users of ESA's service, and is involved with international projects that make use of Earth observation.
FAPARFraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation
FRFull Resolution, an acquisition mode of MERIS
FreshmonHigh Resolution Freshwater Monitoring, an EO Copernicus downstream project in EU FP7
FUBFreie Universität Berlin
GEOGroup on Earth Observation
GEO-BONGroup on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network
GISGeographic Information System
GVGeoVille Information Systems GmbH
HRHigh Resolution, refers to satellite sensors with about 30m spatial resolution or better
ICETAInternational Conference on Emerging eLearning Technologies and Applications
IOPInherent Optical Property
KUUniversity of Copenhagen
LAAssociated Laboratory
MAVTMERIS and AATSR Validation Team
MERISMedium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer
MERMAIDMERIS Matchup In-situ Database
NDVINormalized Difference Vegetation Index
NIVANorwegian Institute for Water Research
NPPNetto Primary Production
OLCIOcean Land Colour Instrument
PDRPreliminary Design Review
PQRProducts Quality Report (Diversity II document delivery)
Proba-VProba-V is a miniaturised ESA satellite tasked with a full-scale mission: to map land cover and vegetation growth across the entire planet every two days.
QARQualification and Acceptance Review
RA-2Radar Altimeter-2
RamsarThe Convention on Wetlands
RBRequirements Baseline (Diversity II document delivery)
RSRemote Sensing
RUERain Use Efficiency
SBSTTASubsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice
SDRService Demonstration Review
SensorSensors aboard satellites obtain information about features and objects on Earth by detecting radiation reflected or emitted in different bands of the electromagnetic spectrum. Analyzing the transmitted data provides valuable scientific information about Earth.
Sentinel-3Sentinel 3 is an Earth Observation satellite mission developed by ESA. The Sentinel-3 mission's main objective is to measure sea-surface topography, sea- and land-surface temperature and ocean- and land-surface colour with high-end accuracy and reliability in support of ocean forecasting systems, and for environmental and climate monitoring.
SIOPSpecific inherent optical properties
SRRSystem Requirements Review
SYKEFinnish Environmental Institute
TSTechnical Specification (Diversity II document delivery)
TSMTotal Suspended Matter