This paper presents the software package REFLECT for the retrieval of ground reflectance from high and very-high resolution multispectral satellite images. The computation of atmospheric parameters is based on the 6S (Second Simulation of the Satellite Signal in the Solar Spectrum) routines. Aerosol optical properties are calculated using the OPAC (Optical Properties of Aerosols and Clouds) model, while aerosol optical depth is estimated using the dark target method. A new approach is proposed for adjacency effect correction. Topographic effects were also taken into account, and a new model was developed for forest canopies. Validation has shown that ground reflectance estimation with REFLECT is performed with an accuracy of approximately ±0.01 in reflectance units (for the visible, near-infrared, and mid-infrared spectral bands), even for surfaces with varying topography. The validation of the software was performed through many tests. These tests involve the correction of the effects that are associated with sensor calibration, irradiance, and viewing conditions, atmospheric conditions (aerosol optical depth AOD and water vapour), adjacency, and topographic conditions.
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