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Enhancing moderate-resolution ocean color products over coastal/inland waters (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Nima Pahlevan; John R. Schott; Giuseppe Zibordi

Paper Abstract

With the successful launch of Landsat-8 in 2013 followed by a very recent launch of Sentinel-2A, we are entering a new area where frequent moderate resolution water quality products over coastal/inland waters will be available to scientists and operational agencies. Although designed for land observations, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) has proven to provide high-fidelity products in these aquatic systems where coarse-resolution ocean color imagers fail to provide valid observations. High-quality, multi-scale ocean color products can give insights into the biogeochemical/physical processes from the upstream in watersheds, into near-shore regions, and further out in ocean basins. In this research, we describe a robust cross-calibration approach, which facilitates seamless ocean color products at multi scales. The top-of-atmosphere (TOA) OLI imagery is cross-calibrated against near-simultaneous MODIS and VIIRS ocean color observations in high-latitude regions. This allows for not only examining the overall relative performance of OLI but also for characterizing non-uniformity (i.e., banding) across its swath. The uncertainty of this approach is, on average, found to be less than 0.5% in the blue channels. The adjustments made for OLI TOA reflectance products are then validated against in-situ measurements of remote sensing reflectance collected in research cruises or at the AERONET-OC.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 December 2016
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 9999, Remote Sensing of the Ocean, Sea Ice, Coastal Waters, and Large Water Regions 2016, 99990J (14 December 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2240713
Show Author Affiliations
Nima Pahlevan, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
John R. Schott, Rochester Institute of Technology (United States)
Giuseppe Zibordi, European Commission Joint Research Ctr. (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9999:
Remote Sensing of the Ocean, Sea Ice, Coastal Waters, and Large Water Regions 2016
Charles R. Bostater; Stelios P. Mertikas; Xavier Neyt; Caroline Nichol; Oscar Aldred, Editor(s)

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