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Landsat 7 automatic cloud cover assessment
Author(s): Richard R. Irish
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Paper Abstract

An automatic cloud cover assessment algorithm was developed for the Landsat 7 ground system. A scene dependent approach that employs two passes through ETM+ data was developed. In pass one, the reflective and thermal properties of scene features are used to establish the presence or absence of clouds in a scene. If present, a scene-specific thermal profile for clouds is established. In pass two, a unique thermal signature for clouds is developed and used to identify the remaining clouds in a scene. The algorithm appears to be a good cloud discriminator for most areas of the Earth. Some difficulty has appeared in imagery over Antarctica, and snow at high illumination angles is occasionally mistaken for cloud.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 August 2000
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4049, Algorithms for Multispectral, Hyperspectral, and Ultraspectral Imagery VI, (23 August 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.410358
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Richard R. Irish, Science Systems and Applications Inc. and NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4049:
Algorithms for Multispectral, Hyperspectral, and Ultraspectral Imagery VI
Sylvia S. Shen; Michael R. Descour, Editor(s)

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