Accession Number : ADA497236


Title :   Investigation of Panchromatic Satellite Imagery Sensor Low Bias in Shadow Method Aerosol Optical Depth Retrieval


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Rivenbark, Brian J


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a497236.pdf


Report Date : Mar 2009


Pagination or Media Count : 77


Abstract : A technique known as the Shadow Method was developed for calculating aerosol optical depths by measuring the radiance difference between shaded and unshaded regions in high-resolution satellite imagery by Vincent (2006). Previous research investigated use of the Shadow Method in regions of dust obscuration using buildings and clouds as shadow generation sources and a variety of background surfaces. A recurring low bias was seen when using the Shadow Method with the QuickBird satellite's panchromatic sensor. QuickBird and WorldView1 commercial imagery was examined using the Shadow Method at several sites co-located with AERONET observations sites. The results show that low bias is not attributed to sensor calibration, processing methods of the imagery, or water vapor content. The most likely source of low bias is the region of interest (ROI) selection geometry within the shadow regions.


Descriptors :   *SATELLITE IMAGERY , AEROSOLS , DETECTORS , THESES , HIGH RESOLUTION , IMAGES , INFORMATION RETRIEVAL , BIAS , OBSCURATION , OPTICAL PROPERTIES , DUST


Subject Categories : Photography


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE