Using landscape trajectories to assess the effects of radiometric rectification

TitleUsing landscape trajectories to assess the effects of radiometric rectification
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1993
AuthorsHenebry, GM, Su, H
JournalInternational Journal of Remote Sensing
Pagination2417 -2423
Accession NumberKNZ00407

We demonstrate a simple procedure, landscape trajectories, for quantifying the effects of radiometric correction on image characteristics. Eleven Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) images of tallgrass prairie spanning 1987 and 1988 were radiometrically rectified to a common date using a ‘pseudoinvariant features in real space’ method (Schott et ai 1988). The Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) was calculated for each raw and corrected image. Four watersheds within the study area were subset and the images were decomposed into spectral intensity (SI), spatial eterogeneity (SH), and spatial dependence (SD) components. Time-ordered vectors in SI-SH-SD space described landscape trajectories. Vector lengths along trajectories were calculated and integrated. Differences between measures on raw and corrected images may be attributable to climatic forcings, time of season, time since fire, and watershed topography. The correction procedure changed SI most and SD least. While the rectification procedure was linear with respect to the entire scene, specific watersheds exhibited nonlinear responses to radiometric rectification.