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Landsat-5 Thematic Mapper Thermal Band Calibration Update

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5 Author(s)
Barsi, J.A. ; Nat. Aeronaut. & Space Adm. Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt ; Hook, S.J. ; Schott, J.R. ; Raqueno, N.G.
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The Landsat-5 thematic mapper (TM) has been operational since 1984. For much of its life, the calibration of TM has been neglected, but recent efforts are attempting to monitor stability and absolute calibration. This letter focuses on the calibration of the TM thermal band from 1999 to the present. Initial studies in the first two years of the TM mission showed that the thermal band was calibrated within the error in the calibration process (plusmn 0.9 K at 300 K). The calibration was not rigorously monitored again until 1999. While the internal calibrator has behaved as expected, recent vicarious calibration results show a significant offset error of 0.092 W/m2 ldr sr ldr mum or about 0.68 K at 300 K. This offset error was corrected on April 2, 2007 within the U.S. processing system through the modification of a calibration coefficient for all data acquired on or after April 1, 1999. Users can correct their own Level-1 data processed prior to April 2, 2007, by adding 0.092 W/m2 ldr sr ldr mum to their radiance level products. The state of the calibration between 1985 and 1999 is unknown; no changes for data acquired in those years are being recommended here.

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Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, IEEE  (Volume:4 ,  Issue: 4 )