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Software for Simulation of Hyperspectral ImagesA package of software generates simulated hyperspectral images for use in validating algorithms that generate estimates of Earth-surface spectral reflectance from hyperspectral images acquired by airborne and spaceborne instruments. This software is based on a direct simulation Monte Carlo approach for modeling three-dimensional atmospheric radiative transport as well as surfaces characterized by spatially inhomogeneous bidirectional reflectance distribution functions. In this approach, 'ground truth' is accurately known through input specification of surface and atmospheric properties, and it is practical to consider wide variations of these properties. The software can treat both land and ocean surfaces and the effects of finite clouds with surface shadowing. The spectral/spatial data cubes computed by use of this software can serve both as a substitute for and a supplement to field validation data.
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Document Type
Other - NASA Tech Brief
Richtsmeier, Steven C. (Spectral Sciences, Inc. United States)
Singer-Berk, Alexander (Spectral Sciences, Inc. United States)
Bernstein, Lawrence S. (Spectral Sciences, Inc. United States)
Date Acquired
August 21, 2013
Publication Date
October 31, 2002
Subject Category
Computer Programming and Software
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.