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Remote Sens. 2016, 8(12), 1014; doi:10.3390/rs8121014

Preliminary Comparison of Sentinel-2 and Landsat 8 Imagery for a Combined Use

Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering (DICAM), University of Bologna, Viale del Risorgimento 2, 40136 Bologna (BO), Italy
Current address: Viale del Risorgimento 2, 40136 Bologna (BO), Italy
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Academic Editors: Clement Atzberger and Prasad S. Thenkabail
Received: 31 August 2016 / Revised: 29 November 2016 / Accepted: 5 December 2016 / Published: 11 December 2016
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Abstract

The availability of new generation multispectral sensors of the Landsat 8 and Sentinel-2 satellite platforms offers unprecedented opportunities for long-term high-frequency monitoring applications. The present letter aims at highlighting some potentials and challenges deriving from the spectral and spatial characteristics of the two instruments. Some comparisons between corresponding bands and band combinations were performed on the basis of different datasets: the first consists of a set of simulated images derived from a hyperspectral Hyperion image, the other five consist instead of pairs of real images (Landsat 8 and Sentinel-2A) acquired on the same date, over five areas. Results point out that in most cases the two sensors can be well combined; however, some issues arise regarding near-infrared bands when Sentinel-2 data are combined with both Landsat 8 and older Landsat images. View Full-Text
Keywords: Sentinel-2; Landsat 8; radiometric comparison; multi-sensor analysis Sentinel-2; Landsat 8; radiometric comparison; multi-sensor analysis
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Mandanici, E.; Bitelli, G. Preliminary Comparison of Sentinel-2 and Landsat 8 Imagery for a Combined Use. Remote Sens. 2016, 8, 1014.

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