Welcome to S.A.L.S.A.

Our team focuses our activities on Remote Sensing, and Land surfaces and Agriculture Applications.
Our expertise is based, mainly, on calibration and validation of satellites products, atmospheric corrections and radiative transfer for science applications



Satellite Products

Atmospheric Corrections

6S Code

Second Simulation of a Satellite Signal in the Solar Spectrum vector code

RT Codes

Radiative Transfer Codes comparison project


MODIS atmospheric correction group

Latest & Upcoming Events

AMS Annual Meeting 2021

AMS 101th Annual Meeting

Jan. 10-15th, 2021

American Meterological Society Virtual Meeting

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AGU Virtual Fall Meeting

Dec 1st-17th, 2020

AGU Virtual Fall Meeting

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4th Sentinel 2 Validation Team virtual meeting, March, 15th-17th 2021

Eric Vermote (619) gave a presentation entitled “ACIX-II Atmospheric Correction Inter-Comparison Exercise II” and co-chaired the Level-2A Validation session.

6th Sentinel 3 Validation Team Virtual Meeting, December 15th-17th 2020

Vermote E. (619), Skakun S. (619/UMD), “Evaluation of the Sentinel 3 Synergy Surface Reflectance Product”

NASA Harvest Partner Roundtable, Webex, December 16, 2020

Vermote E. (619), Skakun S. (619/UMD), Franch B., “Winter wheat yield assessment and area estimation”

Latest Publication

Skakun, S. (619/UMCP), N.I. Kalecinski (619/UMCP), M.G. Brown, D.M. Johnson, E.F. Vermote (619), J.C. Roger (619/UMCP) and B. Franch, 2021. “Assessing within-Field Corn and Soybean Yield Variability from WorldView-3, Planet, Sentinel-2, and Landsat 8 Satellite Imagery”. Remote Sensing, 13(5), p.872.

Latest News

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“AMS 101th Annual Meeting 2021

January 10-15, 2021

Some of our Team Members virtually attended the 101th American Meteorological Symposium (AMS). The work presented was focused on the use of remote sensing data in agriculture applications in the “Earth Observations and Environmental Modeling for Agriculture and Food Security” session.

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Eric Vermote Emeritus award

Dr. Eric Vermote Given UMD Emeritus Research Professor Status

December 1st, 2019

The Department of Geographical Sciences is proud to announce that Dr. Eric Vermote has been awarded the status of Research Professor Emeritus by the Provost's office.

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Ground Measurements for Surface Reflectance Validation with CAMSIS-2

Summer, 2019

Camsis-2 is a single Sensor using a filter wheel to capture ground measurement images without the need for co-alignment. This system begins testing in Jul 2019 from a rooftop mount at Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

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