Overview of the 2015 Algodones Sand Dunes field campaign to support sensor intercalibration

Joel McCorkel, Charles M. Bachmann, Craig Coburn, Aaron Gerace, Larry Leigh, Jeff Czapla-Myers, Dennis Helder, Bruce Cook

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Several sites from around the world are being used operationally and are suitable for vicarious calibration of space-borne imaging platforms. However, due to the proximity of these sites (e.g., Libya 4), a rigorous characterization of the landscape is not feasible, limiting their utility for sensor intercalibration efforts. Due to its accessibility and similarities to Libya 4, the Algodones Sand Dunes System in California, USA, was identified as a potentially attractive intercalibration site for space-borne, reflective instruments such as Landsat. In March 2015, a 4-day field campaign was conducted to develop an initial characterization of Algodones with a primary goal of assessing its intercalibration potential. Five organizations from the US and Canada collaborated to collect both active and passive airborne image data, spatial and temporal measurements of spectral bidirectional reflectance distribution function, and in-situ sand samples from several locations across the Algodones system. The collection activities conducted to support the campaign goal is summarized, including a summary of all instrumentation used, the data collected, and the experiments performed in an effort to characterize the Algodones site.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number012003
JournalJournal of Applied Remote Sensing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • Algodones
  • calibration
  • field campaign
  • intercalibration
  • summary

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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