23 August 2000 Landsat 7 automatic cloud cover assessment
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An automatic cloud cover assessment algorithm was developed for the Landsat 7 ground system. A scene dependent approach that employs two passes through ETM+ data was developed. In pass one, the reflective and thermal properties of scene features are used to establish the presence or absence of clouds in a scene. If present, a scene-specific thermal profile for clouds is established. In pass two, a unique thermal signature for clouds is developed and used to identify the remaining clouds in a scene. The algorithm appears to be a good cloud discriminator for most areas of the Earth. Some difficulty has appeared in imagery over Antarctica, and snow at high illumination angles is occasionally mistaken for cloud.
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Richard R. Irish, Richard R. Irish, } "Landsat 7 automatic cloud cover assessment", Proc. SPIE 4049, Algorithms for Multispectral, Hyperspectral, and Ultraspectral Imagery VI, (23 August 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.410358; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.410358

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