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Validation of Landsat-7/ETM+ Thermal-Band Calibration and Atmospheric Correction With Ground-Based Measurements

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4 Author(s)
CÉsar Coll ; Dept. of Earth Phys. & Thermodynamics, Univ. of Valencia, Burjassot, Spain ; Joan M. Galve ; Juan M. Sanchez ; Vicente Caselles

Ground-based measurements of land-surface temperature (LST) performed in a homogeneous site of rice crops close to Valencia, Spain, were used for the validation of the calibration and the atmospheric correction of the Landsat-7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) thermal band. Atmospheric radiosondes were launched at the test site around the satellite overpasses. Field-emissivity measurements of the near-full-vegetated rice crops were also performed. Seven concurrences of Landsat-7 and ground data were obtained in July and August 2004-2007. The ground measurements were used with the MODTRAN-4 radiative transfer model to simulate at-sensor radiances and brightness temperatures, which were compared with the calibrated ETM+ observations over the test site. For the cases analyzed here, the differences between the simulated and ETM+ brightness temperatures show an average bias of 0.6 K and a rootmean-square difference (rmsd) of ??0.8 K. The ground-based measurements were also used for the validation of LSTs derived from ETM+ at-sensor radiances with atmospheric correction calculated from the following: 1) the local-radiosonde profiles and 2) the operational atmospheric-correction tool available at For the first case, the differences between the ground and satellite LSTs ranged from -0.6 to 1.4 K, with a mean bias of 0.7 K and an rmsd = ??1.0 K. For the second case, the differences ranged between -1.8 and 1.3 K, with a zero average bias and an rmsd = ??1.1 K. Although the validation cases are few and limited to one land cover at morning and summer, results show the good LST accuracy that can be achieved with ETM+ thermal data.

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IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing  (Volume:48 ,  Issue: 1 )