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Remote Sens. 2014, 6(3), 1918-1937; doi:10.3390/rs6031918

Vicarious Radiometric Calibration of a Multispectral Camera on Board an Unmanned Aerial System

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Department of Cartographic and Land Engineering, University of Salamanca, Hornos Caleros, Ávila 05003, Spain
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Institute for Regional Development (IDR), University of Castilla La Mancha, University Campus, Albacete 02017, Spain
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Received: 16 December 2013 / Revised: 7 February 2014 / Accepted: 19 February 2014 / Published: 28 February 2014
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Abstract

Combinations of unmanned aerial platforms and multispectral sensors are considered low-cost tools for detailed spatial and temporal studies addressing spectral signatures, opening a broad range of applications in remote sensing. Thus, a key step in this process is knowledge of multi-spectral sensor calibration parameters in order to identify the physical variables collected by the sensor. This paper discusses the radiometric calibration process by means of a vicarious method applied to a high-spatial resolution unmanned flight using low-cost artificial and natural covers as control and check surfaces, respectively.
Keywords: radiometric calibration; vicarious method; multispectral camera; UAS; low-cost targets; radiance; remote sensing radiometric calibration; vicarious method; multispectral camera; UAS; low-cost targets; radiance; remote sensing
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Del Pozo, S.; Rodríguez-Gonzálvez, P.; Hernández-López, D.; Felipe-García, B. Vicarious Radiometric Calibration of a Multispectral Camera on Board an Unmanned Aerial System. Remote Sens. 2014, 6, 1918-1937.

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