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Landsat-8 operational land imager on-orbit radiometric calibration and stability
Author(s): Brian L. Markham; Julia A. Barsi; Edward Kaita; Lawrence Ong; Md. Obaidul Haque; Nischal Mishra; Jeffrey Czapla-Myers; Nima Pahlevan; Dennis Helder
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Paper Abstract

The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat-8 has been collecting imagery on orbit for 17 months. The radiometric performance of the OLI is monitored using on-board systems (lamps and solar diffusers) as well as by reference to lunar and ground measurements and other satellite systems. Over this nearly 1½ years of operation the OLI has been extremely radiometrically stable in all of its 9 spectral bands. Only the shortest wavelength band, centered at 443 nm, which has degraded about 0.8%, has changed by more than the variability among the measurements (~0.2%). This consistency between the lamps, diffusers, moon, and ground measurements lends high confidence to these statements, which is unusual for a system so early in its lifetime. Comparisons to other satellite systems and ground measurements show that the OLI is calibrated to within requirements and generally better than 3% in both radiance and reflectance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 October 2014
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9218, Earth Observing Systems XIX, 921815 (2 October 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2063159
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Brian L. Markham, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Julia A. Barsi, Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (United States)
Edward Kaita, Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (United States)
Lawrence Ong, Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (United States)
Md. Obaidul Haque, Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies Inc. (United States)
Nischal Mishra, South Dakota State Univ. (United States)
Jeffrey Czapla-Myers, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Nima Pahlevan, Sigma Space Corp. (United States)
Dennis Helder, South Dakota State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9218:
Earth Observing Systems XIX
James J. Butler; Xiaoxiong (Jack) Xiong; Xingfa Gu, Editor(s)

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