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A synthesis of VIIRS solar and lunar calibrations
Author(s): Robert E. Eplee; Kevin R. Turpie; Gerhard Meister; Frederick S. Patt; Gwyn F. Fireman; Bryan A. Franz; Charles R. McClain
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Paper Abstract

The NASA VIIRS Ocean Science Team (VOST) has developed two independent calibrations of the SNPP VIIRS moderate resolution reflective solar bands using solar diffuser and lunar observations through June 2013. Fits to the solar calibration time series show mean residuals per band of 0.078–0.10%. There are apparent residual lunar libration correlations in the lunar calibration time series that are not accounted for by the ROLO photometric model of the Moon. Fits to the lunar time series that account for residual librations show mean residuals per band of 0.071–0.17%. Comparison of the solar and lunar time series shows that the relative differences in the two calibrations are 0.12–0.31%. Relative uncertainties in the VIIRS solar and lunar calibration time series are comparable to those achieved for SeaWiFS, Aqua MODIS, and Terra MODIS. Intercomparison of the VIIRS lunar time series with those from SeaWiFS, Aqua MODIS, and Terra MODIS shows that the scatter in the VIIRS lunar observations is consistent with that observed for the heritage instruments. Based on these analyses, the VOST has derived a calibration lookup table for VIIRS ocean color data based on fits to the solar calibration time series.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 September 2013
PDF: 21 pages
Proc. SPIE 8866, Earth Observing Systems XVIII, 88661L (23 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2024069
Show Author Affiliations
Robert E. Eplee, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
Kevin R. Turpie, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County (United States)
Gerhard Meister, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Frederick S. Patt, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
Gwyn F. Fireman, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
Bryan A. Franz, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Charles R. McClain, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (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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