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Landsat image data quality studiesPreliminary results of the Landsat-4 Image Data Quality Analysis (LIDQA) program to characterize the data obtained using the Thematic Mapper (TM) instrument on board the Landsat-4 and Landsat-5 satellites are reported. TM design specifications were compared to the obtained data with respect to four criteria, including spatial resolution; geometric fidelity; information content; and image relativity to Multispectral Scanner (MSS) data. The overall performance of the TM was rated excellent despite minor instabilities and radiometric anomalies in the data. Spatial performance of the TM exceeded design specifications in terms of both image sharpness and geometric accuracy, and the image utility of the TM data was at least twice as high as MSS data. The separability of alfalfa and sugar beet fields in a TM image is demonstrated.
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Schueler, C. F.
(Santa Barbara Research Center Goleta, CA, United States)
Salomonson, V. V.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
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August 12, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1985
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Publication: Advances in Space Research
Volume: 5
Issue: 5, 19
ISSN: 0273-1177
Subject Category
Earth Resources And Remote Sensing
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