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Evaluation of Railroad Valley Playa for use in vicarious calibration
Author(s): Karen P. Scott; Kurtis J. Thome; Michelle R. Brownlee
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Paper Abstract

The results of a study of Railroad Valley Playa, located 100 miles east of Tonopah, Nevada are presented. The primary objective of this study has been to determine its suitability as a satellite calibration target. We present the search algorithm that was used initially to identify the site from satellite imagery. The search program mainly focuses on locating areas in imagery that have large spatial extent, spatial uniformity, and high surface reflectance. We present the results of several field campaigns to the site to further examine the playa's surface characteristics. These studies include spectral surface reflectance over the 0.4 to 2.0 micron range, sample bi-directional reflectance characteristics, and the spatial uniformity of the overall playa. The target is intended to be used for post-launch radiometric calibration using the reflectance-based approach for small footprint senors. It also will be used for a cross-calibration approach where one sensor's calibration is transferred to another sensor. We present preliminary error estimates in these two methods from using the Railroad Valley site.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 November 1996
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2818, Multispectral Imaging for Terrestrial Applications, (4 November 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.256090
Show Author Affiliations
Karen P. Scott, Optical Sciences Ctr./Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Kurtis J. Thome, Optical Sciences Ctr./Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Michelle R. Brownlee, Optical Sciences Ctr./Univ. of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2818:
Multispectral Imaging for Terrestrial Applications
Brian Huberty; Joan B. Lurie; Jule A. Caylor; Pol Coppin; Pierre C. Robert, Editor(s)

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