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Determination Of Visual Range From Landsat Data
Author(s): Robert S. Dennen
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Paper Abstract

A method was developed to use Landsat multispectral scanner (MSS) data to estimate the visual range on the ground or the ground visibility. For a non-reflecting target the radiance seen at the satellite is due entirely to the scattered in-welling energy to the aperature of the detector. If the target is ideally black and there are no scatterers in the atmosphere, the observed radiance is zero. Simultaneous readings on the ground, and from a low flying aircraft at the time of Landsat passage facilitated modeling a wave-length dependent radiance versus altitude relationship. One factor in the relationship (the surface scattering coefficient, ao) relates directly to the surface visible range. Then, from a Landsat reading, the ground visibility can be estimated from that parameter from the relationship Visibility = K/ao where ao is determined from Landsat readings from the derived radiance function relating radiance to the geometric configuration angle 0 and b, a scattering decay constant. H = f(ao, b, 0)

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 January 1984
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0432, Applications of Digital Image Processing VI, (9 January 1984); doi: 10.1117/12.936653
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Robert S. Dennen, U.S. Department of the Interior (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0432:
Applications of Digital Image Processing VI
Andrew G. Tescher, Editor(s)

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