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Corrections to MODIS Terra calibration and polarization trending derived from ocean color products
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Paper Abstract

Remotely sensed ocean color products require highly accurate top-of-atmosphere (TOA) radiances, on the order of 0.5% or better. Due to incidents both prelaunch and on-orbit, meeting this requirement has been a consistent problem for the MODIS instrument on the Terra satellite, especially in the later part of the mission. The NASA Ocean Biology Processing Group (OBPG) has developed an approach to correct the TOA radiances of MODIS Terra using spatially and temporally averaged ocean color products from other ocean color sensors (such as the SeaWiFS instrument on Orbview-2 or the MODIS instrument on the Aqua satellite). The latest results suggest that for MODIS Terra, both linear polarization parameters of the Mueller matrix are temporally evolving. A change to the functional form of the scan angle dependence improved the quality of the derived coefficients. Additionally, this paper demonstrates that simultaneously retrieving polarization and gain parameters improves the gain retrieval (versus retrieving the gain parameter only).

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 October 2014
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 9218, Earth Observing Systems XIX, 92180V (2 October 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2062714
Show Author Affiliations
Gerhard Meister, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Robert E. Eplee, Science Application International Corp. (United States)
Bryan A. Franz, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9218:
Earth Observing Systems XIX
James J. Butler; Xiaoxiong (Jack) Xiong; Xingfa Gu, Editor(s)

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