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Remote Sens. 2016, 8(1), 11;

User Validation of VIIRS Satellite Imagery

NOAA/NESDIS Center for Satellite Applications and Research (StAR), Fort Collins, CO 80523, USA
The Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, CA 90245, USA
CIRA, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523, USA
Geographic Information Network of Alaska (GINA), Fairbanks, AK 99775, USA
CIMSS, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706, USA
NWS, Fairbanks, AK 99775, USA
NRL, Marine Meteorology Division, Monterey, CA 93943, USA
Aviation Weather Center, NWS, Kansas, MO 64153, USA
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Academic Editors: Changyong Cao, Xiaofeng Li and Prasad S. Thenkabail
Received: 30 October 2015 / Revised: 17 December 2015 / Accepted: 21 December 2015 / Published: 24 December 2015
(This article belongs to the Collection Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometers and Applications)
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Visible/Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Imagery from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (S-NPP) satellite is the finest spatial resolution (375 m) multi-spectral imagery of any operational meteorological satellite to date. The Imagery environmental data record (EDR) has been designated as a Key Performance Parameter (KPP) for VIIRS, meaning that its performance is vital to the success of a series of Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) satellites that will carry this instrument. Because VIIRS covers the high-latitude and Polar Regions especially well via overlapping swaths from adjacent orbits, the Alaska theatre in particular benefits from VIIRS more than lower-latitude regions. While there are no requirements that specifically address the quality of the EDR Imagery aside from the VIIRS SDR performance requirements, the value of VIIRS Imagery to operational users is an important consideration in the Cal/Val process. As such, engaging a wide diversity of users constitutes a vital part of the Imagery validation strategy. The best possible image quality is of utmost importance. This paper summarizes the Imagery Cal/Val Team’s quality assessment in this context. Since users are a vital component to the validation of VIIRS Imagery, specific examples of VIIRS imagery applied to operational needs are presented as an integral part of the post-checkout Imagery validation. View Full-Text
Keywords: VIIRS; DNB; NCC; imagery; validation; Alaska; KPP VIIRS; DNB; NCC; imagery; validation; Alaska; KPP

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Hillger, D.; Kopp, T.; Seaman, C.; Miller, S.; Lindsey, D.; Stevens, E.; Solbrig, J.; Straka III, W.; Kreller, M.; Kuciauskas, A.; Terborg, A. User Validation of VIIRS Satellite Imagery. Remote Sens. 2016, 8, 11.

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