Abstract

Radiative transfer models are often employed to derive the surface reflectance for Earth-looking multispectral scanners or imaging spectrometers. For this purpose the calculated radiances have to be resampled with the spectral channel response functions of the instrument. Three methods of bandpass resampling the product terms of the radiative transfer equation are compared: the exact method and two commonly used approximations. Error budgets for the two approximate methods are given for typical multispectral and hyperspectral sensors. The error depends on the wavelength, bandwidth, atmospheric parameters, and atmospheric path length.

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