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Desert test site uniformity analysis
Author(s): Dana X. Kerola; Carol J. Bruegge
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Paper Abstract

Desert test sites such as Railroad Valley (RRV) Nevada, Egypt-1, and Libya-4 are commonly targeted to assess the on-orbit radiometric performance of sensors. Railroad Valley is used for vicarious calibration experiments, where a field-team makes ground measurements to produce accurate estimates of top-of-atmosphere (TOA) radiances. The Sahara desert test sites are not instrumented, but provide a stable target that can be used for sensor cross-comparisons, or for stability monitoring of a single sensor. These sites are of interest to NASA's Atmospheric Carbon Observation from Space (ACOS) and JAXA's Greenhouse Gas Observation SATellite (GOSAT) programs. This study assesses the utility of these three test sites to the ACOS and GOSAT calibration teams. To simulate errors in sensor-measured radiance with pointing errors, simulated data have been created using MODIS Aqua data. MODIS data are further utilized to validate the campaign data acquired from June 22 through July 5, 2009. The first GOSAT vicarious calibration experiment was conducted during this timeframe.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 August 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7452, Earth Observing Systems XIV, 74520C (21 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.824640
Show Author Affiliations
Dana X. Kerola, Skillstorm Government Integrated Services (United States)
Carol J. Bruegge, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7452:
Earth Observing Systems XIV
James J. Butler; Xiaoxiong Xiong; Xingfa Gu, Editor(s)

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