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Remote Sens. 2017, 9(8), 811;

Radiometric Cross-Calibration of GF-4 PMS Sensor Based on Assimilation of Landsat-8 OLI Images

State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430079, China
Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA
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Received: 23 April 2017 / Revised: 29 July 2017 / Accepted: 4 August 2017 / Published: 9 August 2017
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Earth observation data obtained from remote sensors must undergo radiometric calibration before use in quantitative applications. However, the large view angles of the panchromatic multispectral sensor (PMS) aboard the GF-4 satellite pose challenges for cross-calibration due to the effects of atmospheric radiation transfer and the bidirectional reflectance distribution function (BRDF). To address this problem, this paper introduces a novel cross-calibration method based on data assimilation considering cross-calibration as an optimal approximation problem. The GF-4 PMS was cross-calibrated with the well-calibrated Landsat-8 Operational Land Imager (OLI) as the reference sensor. In order to correct unequal bidirectional reflection effects, an adjustment factor for the BRDF was established, making complex models unnecessary. The proposed method employed the Shuffled Complex Evolution-University of Arizona (SCE-UA) algorithm to find the optimal calibration coefficients and BRDF adjustment factor through an iterative process. The validation results revealed a surface reflectance error of <5% for the new cross-calibration coefficients. The accuracy of calibration coefficients were significantly improved when compared to the officially published coefficients as well as those derived using conventional methods. The uncertainty produced by the proposed method was less than 7%, meeting the demands for future quantitative applications and research. This method is also applicable to other sensors with large view angles. View Full-Text
Keywords: GF-4 PMS; cross-calibration; data assimilation; Landsat-8 OLI; BRDF; SCE-UA GF-4 PMS; cross-calibration; data assimilation; Landsat-8 OLI; BRDF; SCE-UA

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Chen, Y.; Sun, K.; Li, D.; Bai, T.; Huang, C. Radiometric Cross-Calibration of GF-4 PMS Sensor Based on Assimilation of Landsat-8 OLI Images. Remote Sens. 2017, 9, 811.

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