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The multispectral data from the Landsat 5 (L5) Thematic Mapper (TM) sensor provides the backbone of an extensive archive of moderate resolution Earth imagery. Even after more than 24 years of service, the L5 TM is still operational. Given the longevity of the instrument, the detectors have aged, and the system's radiometric characteristics have changed since launch. The calibration procedures and parameters in National Land Archive Production System (NLAPS) have also changed with time. Revised radiometric calibrations in 2003 and 2007 have improved the radiometric accuracy of recently processed data; however, users with data processed prior to the calibration update have not benefited from these revisions. A general procedure has been developed to give users the ability to recalibrate their existing systematically corrected (Level-1) products. The best recalibration can be obtained if the work order report originally used in product generation is still available. This paper discusses the procedure to recalibrate the L5 TM data for the users who have the work order files that were delivered with their products.
Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, 2008. IGARSS 2008. IEEE International (Volume:4 )
Date of Conference: 7-11 July 2008