The new Earth Resources Technology Satellite (ERTS) will make available the experimental data that hopefully will lead to management of the world's resources on a global scale. The data will be used for accurate assessment of earth-surface characteristics, such as water and snow, detailed features of the terrain, and soil and vegetative types.
The system uses proven technologies in physics and natural science to measure surface phenomena by remote sensing of special infrared heat singularities and by both color and black and white video photography. The results will be a bank of synoptic images of the resources of the earth's surface. These images will provide a basis for the development of resources management techniques by scientists and officials in both industry and government.