5.1 Insights from laboratory and airborne BRDF measurements for satellite remote sensing

Tuesday, 11 July 2006: 8:30 AM
Hall of Ideas G-J (Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center)
Charles Gatebe, Univ. of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD; and M. D. King, G. T. Georgiev, and J. Butler

From measurements obtained with National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA's) Cloud Absorption Radiometer (CAR) and a scatterometer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Diffuser Calibration Facility, located in class 10,000 clean room, we will show the potential of airborne and laboratory multispectral and multiangular measurements in satellite remote sensing especially as relates to surface optical properties. This will be demonstrated through laboratory results of bidirectional reflectance distribution function (BRDF) of samples from soil and leaf litter obtained at a site located in the savanna biome of South Africa (Skukuza; 25.0°S, 31.5°E) and airborne BRDF over the same general site where the samples were obtained.
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