Fast over-land atmospheric correction of visible and near-infrared satellite images

A. S. L. Nunes, A. R. S. Marcal, R. A. Vaughan

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    A rapid atmospheric correction method is proposed to be used for visible and near-infrared satellite sensor images over land. The method is based on a simplified use of a radiative transfer code (RTC), which is used only a priori, to generate Look-Up-Tables (LUTs) of the estimated surface reflectance. A typical scenario and ranges of values for the main atmospheric correction parameters are initially established. Each image pixel is treated as a slight deviation from the reference scenario defined by the vector of the typical values for the parameters. The assumption of the parameter's independence allows the use of one-dimensional LUTs. The method is suitable for near real-time processing or whenever a large number of data are to be handled rapidly. The operator intervention is minimal, and the computation time involved in the correction of a whole image is about 1000 times shorter than the full use of the base RTC. A test is performed with advanced very-high-resolution radiometer (AVHRR) visible and near-infrared data, using the Second Simulation of the Satellite Signal in the Solar Spectrum (6S) RTC as the base code. The accuracy of the proposed method was compared with the standard use of the 6S RTC over the same dataset with resulting root mean square errors of 0.0114 and 0.0104 for AVHRR bands 1 and 2 for the estimated surface reflectance, respectively.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3523-3531
    Number of pages9
    JournalInternational Journal of Remote Sensing
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - 2008


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