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A note on the temporary misregistration of Landsat-8 Operational Land Imager (OLI) and Sentinel-2 Multi Spectral Instrument (MSI) imagery

August 22, 2016

The Landsat-8 and Sentinel-2 sensors provide multi-spectral image data with similar spectral and spatial characteristics that together provide improved temporal coverage globally. Both systems are designed to register Level 1 products to a reference image framework, however, the Landsat-8 framework, based upon the Global Land Survey images, contains residual geolocation errors leading to an expected sensor-to-sensor misregistration of 38 m (2σ). These misalignments vary geographically but should be stable for a given area. The Landsat framework will be readjusted for consistency with the Sentinel-2 Global Reference Image, with completion expected in 2018. In the interim, users can measure Landsat-to-Sentinel tie points to quantify the misalignment in their area of interest and if appropriate to reproject the data to better alignment.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2016
Title A note on the temporary misregistration of Landsat-8 Operational Land Imager (OLI) and Sentinel-2 Multi Spectral Instrument (MSI) imagery
DOI 10.1016/j.rse.2016.08.025
Authors James C. Storey, David P. Roy, Jeffrey Masek, Ferran Gascon, John L. Dwyer, Michael J. Choate
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Remote Sensing of Environment
Index ID 70175962
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center

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