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Error budget for a calibration demonstration system for the reflected solar instrument for the climate absolute radiance and refractivity observatory
Author(s): Kurtis Thome; Joel McCorkel; Brendan McAndrew
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Paper Abstract

A goal of the Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory (CLARREO) mission is to observe highaccuracy, long-term climate change trends over decadal time scales. The key to such a goal is to improving the accuracy of SI traceable absolute calibration across infrared and reflected solar wavelengths allowing climate change to be separated from the limit of natural variability. The advances required to reach on-orbit absolute accuracy to allow climate change observations to survive data gaps exist at NIST in the laboratory, but still need demonstration that the advances can move successfully from to NASA and/or instrument vendor capabilities for spaceborne instruments. The current work describes the radiometric calibration error budget for the Solar, Lunar for Absolute Reflectance Imaging Spectroradiometer (SOLARIS) which is the calibration demonstration system (CDS) for the reflected solar portion of CLARREO. The goal of the CDS is to allow the testing and evaluation of calibration approaches, alternate design and/or implementation approaches and components for the CLARREO mission. SOLARIS also provides a test-bed for detector technologies, non-linearity determination and uncertainties, and application of future technology developments and suggested spacecraft instrument design modifications. The resulting SI-traceable error budget for reflectance retrieval using solar irradiance as a reference and methods for laboratory-based, absolute calibration suitable for climatequality data collections is given. Key components in the error budget are geometry differences between the solar and earth views, knowledge of attenuator behavior when viewing the sun, and sensor behavior such as detector linearity and noise behavior. Methods for demonstrating this error budget are also presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 September 2013
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8870, Imaging Spectrometry XVIII, 887008 (23 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2024562
Show Author Affiliations
Kurtis Thome, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Joel McCorkel, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Brendan McAndrew, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8870:
Imaging Spectrometry XVIII
Pantazis Mouroulis; Thomas S. Pagano, Editor(s)

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