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Bridging the thermal band comparison between LEO-LEO sensors and between GEO-GEO sensors
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Paper Abstract

MODIS onboard the Terra and Aqua satellites have operated since 1999 and 2002, respectively. The inter-comparison between their thermal emissive bands is a useful tool in assessing their calibration consistency and enhancing their product quality. Terra and Aqua MODIS has the same spectral bands and calibration algorithm. The comparison between them will be beneficial for instrument calibration. However, the comparison is hindered by the time difference of their measurements, since Terra is in the morning orbit and Aqua is in the afternoon orbit. GOES-16 was launched on November 19, 2016 and Himawari-8 was launched on October 7, 2014. The Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) onboard GOES-16 and the Advanced Himawari Imager (AHI) onboard Himawari-8 are in the same class and have almost identical thermal spectral bands. Their comparison will be very useful for sensor calibration assessment. However, the comparison is challenged by the fact that they image different regions of the Earth. The sensors on GEO satellite and the sensors on LEO satellite may have matching bands with close spectral coverage. This work focuses on bridging the thermal band comparison between LEO-LEO sensors and between GEO-GEO sensors. The double difference method is applied to assess the BT measurements between the two MODIS instruments using the GOES imager as a bridge. The comparison between ABI and AHI can also be performed with bridging by either MODIS or VIIRS measurements. GOES-16 and Himawari-8 are both positioned over tropical ocean regions. Thus, the comparison with simultaneous nadir overpass can provide assessments for brightness temperature (BT) measurements over the ocean surface type. The comparison can also be extended to simultaneous off-nadir measurement over other types of targets that cover different BT range.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 September 2017
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 10402, Earth Observing Systems XXII, 104022F (5 September 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2272794
Show Author Affiliations
Tiejun Chang, Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (United States)
Graziela Keller, Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (United States)
Xiaoxiong (Jack) Xiong, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10402:
Earth Observing Systems XXII
James J. Butler; Xiaoxiong (Jack) Xiong; Xingfa Gu, Editor(s)

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