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  • Vol. 48, Iss. 17 — Jun. 10, 2009
  • pp: 3177–3183

Applying narrowband remote-sensing reflectance models to wideband data

ZhongPing Lee  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 17, pp. 3177-3183 (2009)

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Remote sensing of coastal and inland waters requires sensors to have a high spatial resolution to cover the spatial variation of biogeochemical properties in fine scales. High spatial-resolution sensors, however, are usually equipped with spectral bands that are wide in bandwidth ( 50 nm or wider). In this study, based on numerical simulations of hyperspectral remote-sensing reflectance of optically-deep waters, and using Landsat band specifics as an example, the impact of a wide spectral channel on remote sensing is analyzed. It is found that simple adoption of a narrowband model may result in > 20 % underestimation in calculated remote-sensing reflectance, and inversely may result in > 20 % overestimation in inverted absorption coefficients even under perfect conditions, although smaller ( 5 % ) uncertainties are found for higher absorbing waters. These results provide a cautious note, but also a justification for turbid coastal waters, on applying narrowband models to wideband data.

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OCIS Codes
(010.0010) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric and oceanic optics
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(280.4991) Remote sensing and sensors : Passive remote sensing
(010.1690) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Color

ToC Category:
Remote Sensing and Sensors

Original Manuscript: November 24, 2008
Revised Manuscript: March 2, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: March 11, 2009
Published: June 5, 2009

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ZhongPing Lee, "Applying narrowband remote-sensing reflectance models to wideband data," Appl. Opt. 48, 3177-3183 (2009)

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