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Journal of Applied Remote Sensing • Open Access

Ocean color measurements with the Operational Land Imager on Landsat-8: implementation and evaluation in SeaDAS
Author(s): Bryan A. Franz; Sean W. Bailey; Norman Kuring; P. Jeremy Werdell

Paper Abstract

The Operational Land Imager (OLI) is a multispectral radiometer hosted on the recently launched Landsat­8 satellite. OLI includes a suite of relatively narrow spectral bands at 30 m spatial resolution in the visible to shortwave infrared, which makes it a potential tool for ocean color radiometry: measurement of the reflected spectral radiance upwelling from beneath the ocean surface that carries information on the biogeochemical constituents of the upper ocean euphotic zone. To evaluate the potential of OLI to measure ocean color, processing support was implemented in Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-View Sensor (SeaWiFS) Data Analysis System (SeaDAS), which is an open-source software package distributed by NASA for processing, analysis, and display of ocean remote sensing measurements from a variety of spaceborne multispectral radiometers. Here we describe the implementation of OLI processing capabilities within SeaDAS, including support for various methods of atmospheric correction to remove the effects of atmospheric scattering and absorption and retrieve the spectral remote sensing reflectance (Rrs; sr−1). The quality of the retrieved Rrs imagery will be assessed, as will the derived water column constituents, such as the concentration of the phytoplankton pigment chlorophyll a.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 March 2015
PDF: 16 pages
J. Appl. Remote Sens. 9(1) 096070 doi: 10.1117/1.JRS.9.096070
Published in: Journal of Applied Remote Sensing Volume 9, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Bryan A. Franz, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Sean W. Bailey, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Futuretech Corp. (United States)
Norman Kuring, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
P. Jeremy Werdell, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


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