Reflectance- and radiance-based methods for the in-flight absolute calibration of multispectral sensors

P. N. Slater, S. F. Biggar, R. G. Holm, R. D. Jackson, Y. Mao, M. S. Moran, J. M. Palmer, B. Yuan

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Abstract

Variations reported in the in-flight absolute radiometric calibration of the Coastal Zone Color Scanner (CZCS) and the Thematic Mapper (TM) on Landsat 4 are reviewed. At short wavelengths these sensors exhibited a gradual reduction in response, while in the midinfrared the TM showed oscillatory variations, according to the results of TM internal calibration. The methodology and results are presented for five reflectance-based calibrations of the Landsat 5 TM at White Sands, NM, in the period July 1984 to November 1985. These show a ±2.8% standard deviation (1 σ) for the six solar-reflective bands. Analysis and preliminary results of a second, independent calibration method based on radiance measurements from a helicopter at White Sands indicate that this is potentially an accurate method for corroborating the results from the reflectance-based method.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-37
Number of pages27
JournalRemote Sensing of Environment
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Soil Science
  • Geology
  • Computers in Earth Sciences

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