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The USGS Land Product Characterization System allows for the trending of system characterizations for various sensors, and provides the ability to do comparative analysis of Earth observation satellite data and products.  A recent update includes the addition of the NOAA Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES)-16 Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI).

GOES-16 ABI views the Earth with 16 different spectral channels: 2 visible, 4 near-infrared, and 10 infrared. These different channels (wavelengths) are used by models and tools to indicate various elements on the Earth’s surface or in the atmosphere, such as trees, water, clouds, moisture, or smoke.

The image below displays how the LPCS plots the red band Top of Atmosphere (TOA) reflectance mean for both GOES-16 ABI and Landsat 8 OLI for the Pseudo-invariant Calibration Site (PICS) Mauritania 2 desert calibration site in Africa from 2013 to present. Since GOES ABI has near-daily acquisitions compared to Landsat 8’s 16-day acquisition cycle, there are many more GOES-16 data points to display on the plot.

Displaying the reflectance of GOES ABI and Landsat 8 in Land Product Characterization System

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