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Online Glossaries

Remote Sensing

  • The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment and includes a huge glossary about Earth observation.


  • The Landsat Program of NASA has an extensive glossary about remote sensing, optics and atmosphere.


  • The ESA glossary with acronyms and abbreviations


  • The exhaustive online glossary of the Canadian Center for Remote Sensing provides an excellent definition of terms for remote sensing in general. This site is often referred to as “the” standard online glossary.


  • The web page of the EnMAP mission provides a glossary of terms with the focus on hyperspectral sensors, as well as spaceborne sensors. Whenever required, the original source of the definition is given.


  • The Remote Sensing Glossary of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln also provides the basic definitions, and also includes illustrations for a better understanding of terms.


  • Remote Sensing Glossary at Lamont-Doherty Institute of Columbia University


  • The online version of the excellent glossary by Kramer (see reference to the book above), provided by the EO-Portal (now operated by ESA/ESRIN).


  • Glossary of NIR terminology from Analytical Spectral Devices, included in the "TechGuide for Industry"

Atmospheric Physics

  • International Vocabulary of Metrology - Basic and General Concepts and Associated Terms, VIM, 3rd Edition, JCGM 200:2008


  • ISO International vocabulary of metrology - Basic and general concepts and associated terms


  • AMS glossary containing very thourough list of general metereological and atmospheric science terms


  • DOE's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement's glossary including both airborne remote-sensing and in-situ research terms


  • NCAR RAF bulletin describing general airborne data gathering (cloud microphysics) terms and instruments, including basic equations


  • The Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) is providing terms and definitions on calibration and validation


  • ISO/TC 211 Multi-Lingual Glossary of Terms on GeoInformation


  • Extremely large number of aviation terms by Aircraft Information.

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