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Optical Engineering

Quick atmospheric correction code: algorithm description and recent upgrades
Author(s): Lawrence S. Bernstein; Xuemin Jin; Brian Gregor; Steven M. Adler-Golden
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Paper Abstract

The quick atmospheric correction (QUAC) code performs atmospheric correction on multi- and hyperspectral imagery spanning all or part of the visible and near infrared-short wave infrared spectral range, ∼ 400−2500  nm. It utilizes an in-scene approach, requiring only approximate specification of sensor band locations (i.e., central wavelengths) and their radiometric calibration; no additional metadata is required. Because QUAC does not involve first principles radiative-transfer calculations, it is significantly faster than physics-based methods; however, it is also more approximate. We present a detailed description of the QUAC algorithm, highlighting recent accuracy improvements. Example results for several multi-and hyperspectral data sets are presented, and comparisons are made to more rigorous correction approaches.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 July 2012
PDF: 12 pages
Opt. Eng. 51(11) 111719 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.51.11.111719
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 51, Issue 11
Show Author Affiliations
Lawrence S. Bernstein, Spectral Sciences, Inc. (United States)
Xuemin Jin, Spectral Sciences, Inc. (United States)
Brian Gregor, Spectral Sciences, Inc. (United States)
Steven M. Adler-Golden, Spectral Sciences, Inc. (United States)


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