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Atmospheric effect on spectral signature-measurements and corrections

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1 Author(s)
Kaufman, Y.J. ; NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA

Measurements of the atmospheric effect on the spectral signature of surface cover were conducted during hazy conditions over the Chesapeake Bay and its eastern shore. In the experiment the upward radiance was measured by an airborne scanning radiometer in nine spectral bands between 465 and 773 nm, above and below the haze layer. Simultaneous measurements of the aerosol optical thickness and its vertical distribution were conducted. The results of the measurements are used to study the spectral dependence of the atmospheric effect on remote sensing of water bodies and vegetated fields (forest, corn field, and pasture), and to verify theoretical predictions. It is suggested that the radiances over dark areas (e.g. water in the near IR and forest in the visible) can be used to derive the aerosol optical thickness as is done over oceans with the CZCS satellite images

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Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:26 ,  Issue: 4 )

Date of Publication:

Jul 1988

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