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Remote Sens. 2015, 7(3), 2279-2282; doi:10.3390/rs70302279

Landsat-8 Sensor Characterization and Calibration

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NASA/GSFC, Code 618, Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA
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Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies (SGT), Technical Support Services Contractor to USGS EROS, NASA/GSFC Mail Code 618, Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA
3
USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, 47914 252nd Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57198, USA
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Prasad S. Thenkabail
Received: 15 February 2015 / Accepted: 17 February 2015 / Published: 25 February 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Landsat-8 Sensor Characterization and Calibration)
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Landsat-8 was launched on 11 February 2013 with two new Earth Imaging sensors to provide a continued data record with the previous Landsats. For Landsat-8, pushbroom technology was adopted, and the reflective bands and thermal bands were split into two instruments. The Operational Land Imager (OLI) is the reflective band sensor and the Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS), the thermal. In addition to these fundamental changes, bands were added, spectral bandpasses were refined, dynamic range and data quantization were improved, and numerous other enhancements were implemented. As in previous Landsat missions, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and United States Geological Survey (USGS) cooperated in the development, launch and operation of the Landsat-8 mission. One key aspect of this cooperation was in the characterization and calibration of the instruments and their data. This Special Issue documents the efforts of the joint USGS and NASA calibration team and affiliates to characterize the new sensors and their data for the benefit of the scientific and application users of the Landsat archive. A key scientific use of Landsat data is to assess changes in the land-use and land cover of the Earth’s surface over the now 43-year record. [...] View Full-Text
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Markham, B.; Storey, J.; Morfitt, R. Landsat-8 Sensor Characterization and Calibration. Remote Sens. 2015, 7, 2279-2282.

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