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System Characterization

The USGS ECCOE Team provides independent technical characterization and quality assessment of the remotely sensed data generated by a broad variety of remote sensing systems.  

These assessments include geometric, radiometric, and spatial characterizations (as shown in the examples below), as well as identification of artifacts present in the imagery that may affect its usage.

ECCOE System Characterization Geometric Radiometric and Spatial examples image

ECCOE also facilitates assessments of the operability and usefulness of these data in scientific and other applications. 

Details from these assessments is presented at the Joint Agency Commercial Imagery Evaluation (JACIE) Annual Workshop and also compiled in reports such as the JACIE Remote Sensing Satellite Compendium.  

The Land Remote Sensing Satellites Online Compendium contains details about past, present and future Earth observing satellites and the sensors they carry.


System Characterization of Earth Observation Sensors Open-File Report

The System Characterization of Earth Observation Sensors Open-File Report 2021-1030 provides information from assessments of Earth observation sensors completed by the USGS ECCOE Team. Each chapter within this report is provided as independent measures of basic system performance by completing the geometric, radiometric, and spatial characterization. The results of these assessments are a snapshot in time. Chapters currently available are listed below; new chapters are added as assessments of additional sensors are published. 

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