Special Issue "Landsat-8 Sensor Characterization and Calibration"


A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Mr. Brian Markham
NASA/GSFC, NASA/GSFC Code 618, Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA
Website: http://science.gsfc.nasa.gov/sed/index.cfm?fuseAction=people.jumpBio&iPhonebookId=3325
E-Mail: brian.l.markham@nasa.gov
Phone: +301 614 6608
Fax: +301 614 6695
Interests: radiometry performance and calibration

Guest Editor
Mr. James C. Storey
Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies (SGT), Technical Support Services Contractor to USGS EROS, NASA/GSFC Mail Code 618, Greenbelt , MD 20771, USA
Website: http://science.gsfc.nasa.gov/sed/index.cfm?fuseAction=people.jumpBio&&iPhonebookId=20964
E-Mail: james.c.storey@nasa.gov
Phone: +301 614 6683
Fax: +301 614 6695
Interests: geolocation; geometric calibration satellite photogrammetry

Guest Editor
Mr. Ron Morfitt
Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies (SGT), Technical Support Services Contractor to USGS EROS, Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, U.S. Geological Survey, 47914 252nd Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57198, USA
E-Mail: rmorfitt@usgs.gov
Phone: +605 594 2688
Fax: +605 594 2828
Interests: radiometry performance; calibration and data processing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Landsat-8 (formerly LDCM) was launched on February 11, 2013. There are two new sensors on Landsat-8: the Operational Land Imager (OLI) and the Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS). Unlike historically used whisk broom scanners (as on the ETM+ sensor on Landsat-7), these new sensors are examples of push broom technology. In addition to having new instruments that have their individual characteristics and calibrations, the change in sensor technology produces significant differences in data characteristics and quality. This Special Issue aims to provide the user community with a good understanding of the radiometric and geometric properties of the Landsat-8 instruments and their data. This understanding will enable the community to effectively use the data in conjunction with data from other earlier Landsat sensors.

For the Special Issue, we would like to encourage papers on the following topics:

  • OLI Design
  • OLI Spectral Characterization
  • OLI Absolute Radiometric Calibration and Traceability
  • OLI Radiometric Characterization
  • OLI Radiometric Cross calibration
  • OLI Spatial Performance Characterization
  • OLI Geometric Characterization and Calibration
  • TIRS Design
  • TIRS Spectral Characterization
  • TIRS Absolute Radiometric Calibration and Traceability
  • TIRS Radiometric Characterization
  • TIRS Radiometric Cross calibration
  • TIRS Spatial Performance Characterization
  • TIRS Geometric Characterization and Calibration
  • Landsat-8 integrated data product geometric performance
  • Landsat-8 Image Assessment System

Mr. Brian Markham
Mr. James C. Storey
Mr. Ron Morfitt
Guest Editors


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Remote Sens. 2014, 6(9), 7952-7970; doi:10.3390/rs6097952
Received: 19 May 2014; in revised form: 17 July 2014 / Accepted: 31 July 2014 / Published: 26 August 2014
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