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CEOS visualization environment (COVE) tool for intercalibration of satellite instruments

April 20, 2013

Increasingly, data from multiple instruments are used to gain a more complete understanding of land surface processes at a variety of scales. Intercalibration, comparison, and coordination of satellite instrument coverage areas is a critical effort of international and domestic space agencies and organizations. The Committee on Earth Observation Satellites Visualization Environment (COVE) is a suite of browser-based applications that leverage Google Earth to display past, present, and future satellite instrument coverage areas and coincident calibration opportunities. This forecasting and ground coverage analysis and visualization capability greatly benefits the remote sensing calibration community in preparation for multisatellite ground calibration campaigns or individual satellite calibration studies. COVE has been developed for use by a broad international community to improve the efficiency and efficacy of such calibration planning efforts, whether those efforts require past, present, or future predictions. This paper provides a brief overview of the COVE tool, its validation, accuracies, and limitations with emphasis on the applicability of this visualization tool for supporting ground field campaigns and intercalibration of satellite instruments.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2013
Title CEOS visualization environment (COVE) tool for intercalibration of satellite instruments
DOI 10.1109/TGRS.2012.2235841
Authors P.D. Kessler, B.D. Killough, S. Gowda, B.R. Williams, G. Chander, Min Qu
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing
Series Number
Index ID 70044145
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center