Earth-observing satellite intercomparison using the Radiometric Calibration Test Site at Railroad Valley

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Abstract

This paper describes the current ground-based calibration results of Landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+), Landsat 8 Operational Land Imager (OLI), Terra and Aqua Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), Suomi National Polar orbiting Partnership Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), and Sentinel-2A Multispectral Instrument (MSI), using an automated suite of instruments located at Railroad Valley, Nevada, USA. The period of this study is 2012 to 2016 for MODIS, VIIRS, and ETM+, 2013 to 2016 for OLI, and 2015 to 2016 for MSI. The current results show that all sensors agree with the Radiometric Calibration Test Site (RadCaTS) to within ±5% in the solar-reflective regime, except for one band on VIIRS that is within ±6%. In the case of ETM+ and OLI, the agreement is within ±3%, and, in the case of MODIS, the agreement is within ±3.5%. MSI agrees with RadCaTS to within ±4.5% in all applicable bands.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Article number012004
JournalJournal of Applied Remote Sensing
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

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Keywords

  • calibration
  • RadCalNet
  • RadCaTS
  • radiometry
  • reflectance
  • validation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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