Assessment of top of atmosphere reflectance generation algorithm for world view-2 high resolution images

Document Type : Original Article


1 Electrical Engineering, Military Technical College, Cairo, Egypt.

2 Civil Engineering, Military Technical College, Cairo, Egypt.



Recently, there are many developments in remote sensing techniques using satellite imagery as a result of the variety of remotely sensed image sources with different spatial and spectral resolutions and from different sensors. Optical satellite products are affected by an error of payload, atmosphere (scattering and absorption), and variations relative to positions of Sun, Earth, and satellite during capturing data. Top of Atmosphere (TOA) correction is the process of removing the effects of variations relative to sensor error and positions of Sun, Earth, and satellite. In this paper, maximum benefits from high spectral and spatial resolution images are demonstrated and analyzed or compared with images from different. TOA correction algorithm, which was implemented using Python environment, is applied to high resolution images from WorldView-2 (WV-2) satellite. TOA reflectance is considered the first step in any algorithm dedicated to the change detection process. Reflectance conversion is also performed on the same images using Orfeo ToolBox (OTB), the open-source software. The performance and efficiency of the proposed algorithm are compared with that of the Orfeo ToolBox (OTB) TOA reflectance output. The achieved results show that the proposed algorithm, which is automatically performed, is faster and provides significant results for WV-2 images, and can be adapted to be applied on different optical satellite sensors.

Volume 19, Issue 19
The 19th International Conference on Aerospace Sciences & Aviation Technology (ASAT-19 2021) 6th-8th April 2021
April 2021
Pages 1-12