Redesign of the CERSER Cataloguing System for TeraScan® Processed Images

Team Members: Autumn Luke, Patrina Bly
Mentor: Jeff Wood
Keywords: Terascan, ImageMagick, Macintosh OSX, MySQL, PHP, Remote Sensing


The Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Education and Research (CERSER) on the campus of Elizabeth City State University is currently tasked with the responsibility of receiving remotely sensed Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) data from orbiting National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellites. This data is collected by the SeaSpace TeraScan® system installed in the CERSER labs in Dixon-Patterson Hall.
When this system was initially installed in 2005, the data was collected, processed, annotated, and transformed into images in the Tagged Image File Format (tiff) on a Windows® based server. These tiff images were then uploaded to the CERSER archive library server located at Once uploaded, they were converted into various resolutions and their information was added to a tracking database maintained with Microsoft Access software. This database provided a searchable means for retrieving satellite image data through various parameters.
Since that time the CERSER server has been replaced with a Macintosh based server which cannot interact with the Microsoft based database and the Visual Based Scripting language. The goal of this project was to redesign the database and the code required to process the images. PHP, Structured Query Language, and Command Line instructions to the software package ImageMagick® were utilized to complete these tasks.


Keywords-component; Terascan, ImageMagick, Macintosh OSX, MySQL, PHP, Remote Sensing

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