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Preliminary results for SeaWiFS vicarious calibration coefficients in the Baltic Sea

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The technique of vicarious calibration is used in connection with an atmospheric correction to improve the Sea viewing Wide Field of view Sensor (SeaWiFS) normalized water-leaving radiance by the first determination of mean vicarious calibration coefficients from in situ measurements in the Baltic Sea. A necessary adjustment of the SeaWiFS pre-flight calibration slope was found to be +3.5%, +0.3%, −1.7%, −0.4%, +0.8% and −1.3% for the first six SeaWiFS channels. The derived mean vicarious calibration coefficients are higher than the coefficients in the standard SeaWiFS Data Analysis System (SeaDAS) software but with similar shape and good agreement with other research results. The coefficients were used to obtain better normalized water-leaving radiance from SeaWiFS measurements in the Baltic Sea. The deviations of calculated to measured radiances in the open Baltic Sea are between 3% and 47% in the channels 412 to 670 nm, with the trend of higher deviations in the blue channels. The objective of radiance determination in all SeaWiFS channels with a maximum uncertainty of 5% in clear water regions is probably not reachable in the turbid water of the Baltic Sea.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Baltic Sea Research Institute Seestra├če 15 D-18119 Rostock Germany 2: Space Applications Institute Joint Research Center I-21020 Ispra (VA) Italy

Publication date: April 1, 2004

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