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Updated Radiometric Calibration for the Landsat-5 Thematic Mapper Reflective Bands

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6 Author(s)
Dennis L. Helder ; Dept. of Electr. Eng. & Comput. Sci., South Dakota State Univ., Brookings, SD ; Brian L. Markham ; Kurtis J. Thome ; Julia A. Barsi
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The Landsat-5 Thematic Mapper (TM) has been the workhorse of the Landsat system. Launched in 1984, it continues collecting data through the time frame of this paper. Thus, it provides an invaluable link to the past history of the land features of the Earth's surface, and it becomes imperative to provide an accurate radiometric calibration of the reflective bands to the user community. Previous calibration has been based on information obtained from prelaunch, the onboard calibrator, vicarious calibration attempts, and cross-calibration with Landsat-7. Currently, additional data sources are available to improve this calibration. Specifically, improvements in vicarious calibration methods and development of the use of pseudoinvariant sites for trending provide two additional independent calibration sources. The use of these additional estimates has resulted in a consistent calibration approach that ties together all of the available calibration data sources. Results from this analysis indicate a simple exponential, or a constant model may be used for all bands throughout the lifetime of Landsat-5 TM. Where previously time constants for the exponential models were approximately one year, the updated model has significantly longer time constants in bands 1-3. In contrast, bands 4, 5, and 7 are shown to be best modeled by a constant. The models proposed in this paper indicate calibration knowledge of 5% or better early in life, decreasing to nearly 2% later in life. These models have been implemented at the U.S. Geological survey earth resources observation and science (EROS) and are the default calibration used for all Landsat TM data now distributed through EROS.

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IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing  (Volume:46 ,  Issue: 10 )