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Radiometric Measurement Comparison on the Integrating Sphere Source Used to Calibrate the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) and the Landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+)

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James J. Butler, Steven W. Brown, Robert D. Saunders, B. Carol Johnson, S F. Biggar, E F. Zalewski, B L. Markham, P N. Gracey, J B. Young, R Barnes

Abstract

As part of a continuing effort to validate the radiometric scales assigned to integrating spheresources used in the calibration of Earth Observing System (EOS) instruments, a radiometric measurement comparison was held in May 1998 at Raytheon/Santa Barbara Remote Sensing (SBRS). This comparison was conducted in support of the calibration of the moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) and the Landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) instruments. The radiometric scale assigned to the Spherical Integrating Source (SIS100) by SBRS was validated through a comparison with radiometric measurements made by a number of stable, well-characterized transfer radiometers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration s Goddard Space Flight Center (NASA s GSFC), and the University of Arizona Optical Sciences Center (UA). The measured radiances from the radiometers differed by 3% in the visible to near infrared when compared to the SBRS calibration of the sphere, and the overall agreement was within the combined uncertainties of the individual measurements. In general, the transfer radiometers gave higher values than the SBRS calibration in the near infrared and lower values in the blue. The measurements of the radiometers differed by 4% from 800 nm to 1800 nm compared to the SBRS calibration of the sphere, and the overall agreement was within the combined uncertainties of the individual measurements for wavelengths less than 2200 nm. The results of the radiometric measurement comparison presented here supplement the results of previous measurement comparisons on the integrating sphere sources used to calibrate the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) at NASA s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, CA and the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) at NEC corporation, Yokohama, Japan.
Citation
Journal of Research (NIST JRES) -
Volume
108 No. 3

Keywords

(ETM+), (MODIS), calibration, Earth Observing System (EOS), integrating sphere, Landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus, Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradio, remote sensing, spectral radiometry

Citation

Butler, J. , Brown, S. , Saunders, R. , Johnson, B. , Biggar, S. , Zalewski, E. , Markham, B. , Gracey, P. , Young, J. and Barnes, R. (2003), Radiometric Measurement Comparison on the Integrating Sphere Source Used to Calibrate the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) and the Landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+), Journal of Research (NIST JRES), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed March 3, 2024)
Created April 30, 2003, Updated October 12, 2021