The ground-based absolute radiometric calibration of Landsat 8 OLI

Jeffrey Czapla-Myers, Joel McCorkel, Nikolaus Anderson, Kurtis Thome, Stuart Biggar, Dennis Helder, David Aaron, Larry Leigh, Nischal Mishra

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Abstract

This paper presents the vicarious calibration results of Landsat 8 OLI that were obtained using the reflectance-based approach at test sites in Nevada, California, Arizona, and South Dakota, USA. Additional data were obtained using the Radiometric Calibration Test Site, which is a suite of instruments located at Railroad Valley, Nevada, USA. The results for the top-of-atmosphere spectral radiance show an average difference of -2.7, -0.8, 1.5, 2.0, 0.0, 3.6, 5.8, and 0.7% in OLI bands 1-8 as compared to an average of all of the ground-based measurements. The top-of-atmosphere spectral reflectance shows an average difference of 1.6, 1.3, 2.0, 1.9, 0.9, 2.1, 3.1, and 2.1% from the ground-based measurements. Except for OLI band 7, the spectral radiance results are generally within ±5% of the design specifications, and the reflectance results are generally within ±3% of the design specifications. The results from the data collected during the tandem Landsat 7 and 8 flight in March 2013 indicate that ETM+ and OLI agree to each other to within ±2% in similar bands in top-of-atmosphere spectral radiance, and to within ±4% in top-of-atmosphere spectral reflectance.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages600-626
Number of pages27
JournalRemote Sensing
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

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Keywords

  • Landsat 8
  • OLI
  • Radiometric calibration
  • Surface reflectance

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  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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The ground-based absolute radiometric calibration of Landsat 8 OLI. / Czapla-Myers, Jeffrey; McCorkel, Joel; Anderson, Nikolaus; Thome, Kurtis; Biggar, Stuart; Helder, Dennis; Aaron, David; Leigh, Larry; Mishra, Nischal.

In: Remote Sensing, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2015, p. 600-626.

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Czapla-Myers, J, McCorkel, J, Anderson, N, Thome, K, Biggar, S, Helder, D, Aaron, D, Leigh, L & Mishra, N 2015, 'The ground-based absolute radiometric calibration of Landsat 8 OLI' Remote Sensing, vol 7, no. 1, pp. 600-626. DOI: 10.3390/rs70100600
Czapla-Myers, Jeffrey ; McCorkel, Joel ; Anderson, Nikolaus ; Thome, Kurtis ; Biggar, Stuart ; Helder, Dennis ; Aaron, David ; Leigh, Larry ; Mishra, Nischal. / The ground-based absolute radiometric calibration of Landsat 8 OLI. In: Remote Sensing. 2015 ; Vol. 7, No. 1. pp. 600-626
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