Recently, the United States Geological Service (USGS) released a new provisional product which estimates aquatic reflectance from Landsat 8 Operational Land Imager (OLI), called Landsat 8 Provisional Aquatic Reflectance (L8PAR). However, as indicated in the product guide, the use of this product for inland waters needs further verification and improvements. The goal of this study was to determine how the novel L8PAR product performs for different small turbid and eutrophic lakes in Northern Germany compared to in situ measurements of above water remote sensing reflectance (Rrs
). For several recent scenes during our monitoring, the L8PAR product failed to produce full data for the lakes of our interest. For the best scene with in situ spectra, L8PAR was not able to retrieve any information for band 1 and not all information for bands 2, 3 and 4. The pixels with valid values for reflectance showed a weak relationship for band 2 (R2
of 0.24) and a medium relationship for bands 3 and 4 (R2
of 0.68 and 0.72, respectively). Compared to other atmospheric correction routines (ACOLITE, C2RCC, C2X, iCOR and L8SR), L8PAR was the only product which was not able to retrieve Rrs
for all match up samples. This work provides an evaluation of the L8PAR product for inland waterbodies. Although more analysis and validation need to be conducted, our study suggests that the L8PAR product cannot be used for small inland lakes in its current state and has to be used with care for inland waters in general.
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