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23 September 2013 Scene-based cross-comparison of SNPP-VIIRS and Aqua-MODIS over oceanic waters
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The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) onboard the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Preparatory Project (NPP) (SNPP) was launched in October 2011 to continue monitoring the globe in a similar fashion as the heritage sensors, such as the MODerate resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS). This paper applies a scene-based technique to examine in-orbit radiometric stability of VIIRS relative to Aqua MODIS. The cross-comparison is made over global deep ocean waters. This cross-comparison allows for a comprehensive examination of the sensors’ radiometric responsivity at relatively low signal levels (over oceanic waters). The study is further extended to L2/L3 products, including remote sensing reflectance and the inherent optical properties (IOPs) of waters under investigation, derived from the top-of-atmosphere (TOA) radiance (L1B). The temporal analyses give insights into the trends in the relative radiometric stability and the resulting discrepancies in the corresponding products.
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Nima Pahlevan, Zhongping Lee, Adam Lawson, and Robert Arnone "Scene-based cross-comparison of SNPP-VIIRS and Aqua-MODIS over oceanic waters", Proc. SPIE 8866, Earth Observing Systems XVIII, 88660J (23 September 2013);

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