Early ground-reference calibration results for Landsat-7 ETM+ using small test sites

K. J. Thome, E. Whittington, J. LaMarr, N. Anderson, P. Nandy

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Recent results of the vicarious calibration of the Landsat-7 ETM+ sensor are presented based on the reflectance-based vicarious method using results from a smaller test site local to the University of Arizona area. This test site is not as bright, nor as spatially-uniform and as large as typical sites. However, the proximity of the site allows for more frequent calibrations and hopefully a better understanding of the calibration as a function of time. The selection of the test site, its properties, and example results of calibrations at this site are presented. The results from seven dates are presented and show that the ETM+ sensor has been stable to better than 5% since launch. The results from these seven dates have larger variability than those from the large test sites, but agree for the most part to better than 5% with the large test sites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)134-142
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2000
EventAlgorithms for Multispectral, Hyperspectral, and Ultraspectral Imagery VI - Orlando, FL, USA
Duration: Apr 24 2000Apr 26 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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