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Satellite Cloud Image Standardization
Author(s): Howard J. Schultz; Ronald G. Isaacs
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Paper Abstract

A method is presented for transforming cloud images from one spaceborne sensor format to another. The procedure, known as Cloud Image Standardization (CIS), uses the known spatial resolution and spectral response properties of a sensor and the modeled angular scattering and emittance properties of various cloud types to derive spatial and spectral resampling relationships. The CIS system can be used to simulate cloud images of a supported sensor from cloud images of other supported sensors. The supported sensors potentially include DMSP OLS, GOES VISSR, NOAA AVHRR, and Landsat MSS and TM. Image standardization enables direct comparison of cloud images from different sensors and provides an interface applicable to the assimilation of nonstandard imagery data by specialized applications models. Since images processed by the CIS system appear to have been generated by the same sensor, there is an effective increase in the global coverage of cloud image data. Applications are presented to cloud field transformations using Landsat MSS and GOES image data.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 January 1987
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0846, Digital Image Processing and Visual Communications Technologies in Meteorology, (25 January 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.942640
Show Author Affiliations
Howard J. Schultz, Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc. (United States)
Ronald G. Isaacs, Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0846:
Digital Image Processing and Visual Communications Technologies in Meteorology
Paul Janota, Editor(s)

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