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Remote Sens. 2009, 1(3), 184-196; doi:10.3390/rs1030184

Comparison of Topographic Correction Methods

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1 DLR – German Aerospace Center, D-82234 Wessling, Germany 2 Federal Office of Topography swisstopo, Seftigenstr. 264, CH-3084 Wabern, Switzerland 3 GFZ – GeoResearchCenter Potsdam, Telegraphenberg, D-14473 Potsdam, Germany
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Received: 8 June 2009 / Revised: 30 June 2009 / Accepted: 3 July 2009 / Published: 6 July 2009
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A comparison of topographic correction methods is conducted for Landsat-5 TM, Landsat-7 ETM+, and SPOT-5 imagery from different geographic areas and seasons. Three successful and known methods are compared: the semi-empirical C correction, the Gamma correction depending on the incidence and exitance angles, and a modified Minnaert approach. In the majority of cases the modified Minnaert approach performed best, but no method is superior in all cases.
Keywords: topography; C; Gamma; and modified Minnaert methods; multi-sensor imagery topography; C; Gamma; and modified Minnaert methods; multi-sensor imagery
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Richter, R.; Kellenberger, T.; Kaufmann, H. Comparison of Topographic Correction Methods. Remote Sens. 2009, 1, 184-196.

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