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Early ground-based vicarious calibration results for Landsat 8 OLI
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Paper Abstract

The Operational Land Imager (OLI) is one of two instruments onboard the Landsat 8 platform, which was launched on 11 February 2013 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The multispectral bands of OLI retain the 30-m spatial resolution of Landsat 5 TM and Landsat 7 ETM+, but improvements to the system include 12-bit radiometric resolution, eight multispectral bands in the VNIR and SWIR spectral regions, and one panchromatic band. The earlier TM and ETM+ sensors use a whiskbroom configuration, while OLI uses a pushbroom configuration, which allows it to have a higher signal-to-noise ratio than previous Landsat instruments. This also creates challenges in radiometric calibration due to the large number of detectors on the 14 focal plane modules.

Long-term data continuity is a crucial component of the 40-year Landsat series of satellites, and ground-based vicarious calibration has played an important role in ensuring that these sensors remain on the same radiometric scale. This work presents the early ground-based in-flight radiometric calibration of OLI, which was determined using the traditional and well-understood reflectance-based approach, as well as the Radiometric Calibration Test Site (RadCaTS), which is an automated suite of instruments located at Railroad Valley, Nevada.


Paper Details

Date Published: 23 September 2013
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8866, Earth Observing Systems XVIII, 88660S (23 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2022493
Show Author Affiliations
Jeffrey S. Czapla-Myers, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Nikolaus J. Anderson, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Stuart F. Biggar, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8866:
Earth Observing Systems XVIII
James J. Butler; Xiaoxiong (Jack) Xiong; Xingfa Gu, Editor(s)

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