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Temporal dynamics of sand dune bidirectional reflectance characteristics for absolute radiometric calibration of optical remote sensing data
Author(s): Craig A. Coburn; Gordon Logie; Jason Beaver
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Paper Abstract

The use of Pseudo Invariant Calibration Sites (PICS) for establishing the radiometric trending of optical remote sensing systems has a long history of successful implementation. Past studies have shown that the PICS method is useful for evaluating the trend of sensors over time or cross-calibration of sensors but was not considered until recently for deriving absolute calibration. Current interest in using this approach to establish absolute radiometric calibration stems from recent research that indicates that with empirically derived models of the surface properties and careful atmospheric characterisation Top of Atmosphere (TOA) reflectance values can be predicted and used for absolute sensor radiometric calibration. Critical to the continued development of this approach is the accurate characterization of the Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function (BRDF) of PICS sites. This paper presents BRDF data collected by a high-performance portable goniometer system in order to develop a temporal BRDF model for the Algodones Dunes in California. The results demonstrated that the BRDF of a reasonably simple sand surface was complex with changes in anisotropy taking place in response to changing solar zenith angles. The nature of these complex interactions would present challenges to future model development.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 September 2016
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 9972, Earth Observing Systems XXI, 99720J (19 September 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2237069
Show Author Affiliations
Craig A. Coburn, Univ. of Lethbridge (Canada)
Gordon Logie, Univ. of Lethbridge (Canada)
Jason Beaver, Univ. of Lethbridge (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9972:
Earth Observing Systems XXI
James J. Butler; Xiaoxiong (Jack) Xiong; Xingfa Gu, Editor(s)

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