A substantial volume of data from the NOAA-AVHRR archive acquired by NEODAAS has been supplied to the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO). More than 10,000 archive scenes were pre-processed and delivered. They are used by VITO to create daily reflectance, radiance and brightness temperature composites and to derive vegetation and yield indicators on a 10-day and monthly basis. This is for an EC Joint Research Centre project as part of JRC's MARS (Monitoring Agriculture with Remote Sensing) actions.
The MARS-STAT project uses remote sensing information from NOAA-AVHRR and other satellite instruments in combination with agro-meteorological modelling to derive crop yield estimates and forecasts, which support the EC Directorate General for Agriculture in implementing EU agricultural policy.
The project had already utilised an AVHRR archive over Europe covering the period since1989. Data from the NEODAAS archive have been used to fills gaps in the existing archive and to extend the temporal coverage to include the years 1981-88, underlining unique aspects of the NEODAAS archive in terms of length and consistency of coverage.