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Thesis - Open Access

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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

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The main objectives of this thesis are the following: 1) Remove the haze using water surfaces in Landsat satellite imagery of the visible and near-infrared regions for their properties of high absorption of solar radiation and weak reflection of it. The scattered solar radiation is most obvious in dark weakly reflecting regions such as water. The haze removal technique depends on subtraction of scattered light from picture elements within the satellite imagery. 2) Derive a formula and techniques for a given image to correct for extinction by transforming the observed intensity of the signal transmitted to the Landsat detector to an intensity that would be detected if there was not atmosphere. The formulae developed in this research assumes that the intensity of the scattered solar radiations is measured when observing deep water location by adopting a reflectance of 0 for the water surface.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Artificial satellites in remote sensing
Solar radiation




South Dakota State University