Radiometric calibration of Landsat

K. Thome, B. Markham, J. Barker, P. Slater, Stuart F Biggar

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Abstract

The radiometric calibration of the sensors on the Landsat series of satellites is a contributing factor to the success of the Landsat data set. The calibration of these sensors has relied on the preflight laboratory work as well as on inflight techniques using on-board calibrators and vicarious techniques. Descriptions of these methods and systems are presented. Results of the on-board calibrators and reflectance-based, ground reference calibrations of Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper are presented that indicate the absolute radiometric calibration of bands 1 to 4 should have an uncertainty of less than 5.0 percent. Bands 5 and 7 have slightly higher uncertainties, but should be less than 10 percent. The results also show that the on-board calibrators are of higher precision than the vicarious calibration but that the vicarious calibration results should have higher accuracy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)853-858
Number of pages6
JournalPhotogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing
Volume63
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1997

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Thome, K., Markham, B., Barker, J., Slater, P., & Biggar, S. F. (1997). Radiometric calibration of Landsat. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 63(7), 853-858.

Radiometric calibration of Landsat. / Thome, K.; Markham, B.; Barker, J.; Slater, P.; Biggar, Stuart F.

In: Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, Vol. 63, No. 7, 1997, p. 853-858.

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Thome, K, Markham, B, Barker, J, Slater, P & Biggar, SF 1997, 'Radiometric calibration of Landsat', Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, vol. 63, no. 7, pp. 853-858.
Thome K, Markham B, Barker J, Slater P, Biggar SF. Radiometric calibration of Landsat. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing. 1997;63(7):853-858.
Thome, K. ; Markham, B. ; Barker, J. ; Slater, P. ; Biggar, Stuart F. / Radiometric calibration of Landsat. In: Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing. 1997 ; Vol. 63, No. 7. pp. 853-858.
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