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Landsat Calibration/Validation Team members recognized with NASA's Robert H. Goddard Award for Science
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Three SPIE Fellows and four SPIE Members were recently awarded the Robert H. Goddard Award for Science for their participation on the Landsat 8 Calibration/Validation Team (CVT), which contributed to the characterization, calibration, and performance understanding of the Landsat 8 sensors.

Jun. 10, 2014

Since 1972, Landsat satellites have been amassing information about Earth's land cover to better understand big issues like water use, carbon stocks, and global crop production. The Landsat Calibration/Validation Team ensures that Landsat data users can be confident that measurements made day-to-day, year-to-year, and Landsat sensor-to-sensor are comparable.

SPIE-affiliated team members were:

  • SPIE Fellow Kurtis Thome, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

  • SPIE Fellow John Schott, Rochester Institute of Technology 

  • SPIE Fellow Stuart Biggar, University of Arizona

  • SPIE Senior Member Jeff Czapla-Myers, University of Arizona

  • SPIE Member Phil Dabney, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

  • SPIE Member Raviv Levy, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

  • SPIE Student Member Frank Pesta, South Dakota State University

The team, managed by Brian Markham, a longtime Landsat calibration scientist at Goddard, included 52 scientists from Goddard, the U.S. Geological Survey, Ball Aerospace & Technology Corp., South Dakota State University, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Arizona, and the Jet Propulsion Lab.

Several team members are co-authors of papers scheduled to be presented at SPIE Optics + Photonics 2014, including:

  • "Landsat 8 Operational Land Imager (OLI) detector to detector uniformity challenge and performance" [9218-43]

  • "On-orbit performance of the Landsat 8 Operational Land Imager" [9218-41]

  • "Landsat-8 data processing evolution" [9218-46]

  • "Performance of the thermal infrared sensor onboard Landsat 8 over the first year on-orbit" [9218-42]

  • "Cross-calibration of Landsat 5 TM, and Landsat 8 OLI with Aqua MODIS using PICS" [9218-19]

  • "Landsat-8 Operational Land Imager on-orbit radiometric calibration and stability" [9218-40]

  • "Chasing the TIRS ghosts: calibrating the Landsat 8 thermal bands" [9218-45]

  • "The absolute radiometric calibration of the Landsat 8 Operational Land Imager using the reflectance-based approach and the Radiometric Calibration Test Site (RadCaTS)" [9218-44]

SPIE Optics + Photonics 2014: http://spie.org/op
Landsat 8 Sweeps the 2013 "Goddards": http://landsat.gsfc.nasa.gov/?p=8028
Landsat Cal/Val Team Receives 2013 Robert H. Goddard Award for Science:http://landsat.gsfc.nasa.gov/?p=8017

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Original Source: spie.org