From Event: SPIE Optical Engineering + Applications, 2017
The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) is currently operating onboard the Suomi National Polarorbiting Partnership (S-NPP) spacecraft. VIIRS records Earth imagery with spectral bands ranging from 0.4 to 12.2 micrometers at a combination of resolutions. Five imaging bands (I1-5) have a 375 m spatial resolution at nadir, which is half of the 750 m resolution of the 16 moderate resolution bands (M1-16). These bands are mounted according to their wavelengths at three separate Focal Plane Assemblies (FPA). The proper spatial registration among imaging bands is required to create multi-spectral images and analyses. Measurement of the band-to-band registration (BBR) is a determination of how well these bands are coincident. Using an external target such as the moon has proven to be a valid method and has been thoroughly investigated using VIIRS raw data record (RDR). Calibrated VIIRS radiometric data has been investigated using normalized mutual information (NMI) for BBR and shown stable results, by focusing on high-contrast shoreline sites. However, these results focus on a relatively small number of observations. We have previously reported analyses using earth-scene targets to determine BBR for MODIS instruments. This approach focuses on an African Desert site with high contrast spots generated through agricultural pivot irrigation. Using the near-daily observations provided by the VIIRS instrument, we investigate a large data set and track the BBR stability over the VIIRS mission. We discuss our results and compare them with prelaunch measurements and design specifications.
Daniel Link, Zhipeng Wang, and Xiaoxiong Xiong, "Assessment of S-NPP VIIRS band-to-band registration using Earth-scene features," Proc. SPIE 10402, Earth Observing Systems XXII, 1040221 (Presented at SPIE Optical Engineering + Applications: August 10, 2017; Published: 5 September 2017); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2273057.
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