Atmospheric Correction of Landsat ETM+ Land Surface Imagery: II. Validation and Applications

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Liang, Shunlin
Morisette, Jeffrey T.
Fang, Hongliang
Chen, Mingzhen
Shuey, Chad J.
Daughtry, Craig S. T.
Walthall, Charles L.
Liang, S., H. Fang, J. Morisette, M. Chen, C. Walthall, C. Daughtry, and C. Shuey, (2002), Atmospheric Correction of Landsat ETM+ Land Surface Imagery: II. Validation and Applications, IEEE Transactions on Geosciences and Remote Sensing, 40 (12): 2736-2746
This is the second paper of the series on atmospheric correction of ETM+ land surface imagery. In the first paper, a new algorithm that corrects heterogeneous aerosol scattering and surface adjacency effects was presented. In this study, our objectives are to 1) evaluate the accuracy of this new atmospheric correction algorithm using ground radiometric measurements; 2) apply this algorithm to correct MODIS and SeaWiFS imagery; and 3) demonstrate how much atmospheric correction of ETM+ imagery can improve land cover classification, change detection, and broadband albedo calculations. Validation results indicate that this new algorithm can retrieve surface reflectance from ETM+ imagery accurately. All experimental cases demonstrate that this algorithm can be used for correcting both MODIS and SeaWiFS imagery. Although more tests and validation exercises are needed, it has been proven promising to correct different multispectral imagery operationally. We have also demonstrated that atmospheric correction does matter.