The goal of this research can be divided into two main areas. The first is to improve the existing manner in which DIRSIG samples and references the atmosphere. The second is to give DIRSIG the ability to incorporate atmospheric inhomogeneities, as well as the ability to accurately model them. DIRSIG has limitations in how it currently samples the atmosphere. From a geometric standpoint, it does not fully sample the energy which is scattered by the atmosphere towards the sensor (upwelled radiance). There are also other geometric issues which lead to inaccurate modeling results. One significant inaccuracy is the fact that DIRSIG can mis-calculate the atmospheric effects resulting from modeling objects with non-zero altitudes. The plan is to correct this by completely reworking the procedure and geometry used by DIRSIG to sample the atmosphere. This research will also study the effects of an inhomogeneous atmosphere and the methods involved in modeling its effects. DIRSIG currently utilizes a single atmospheric look up table (LUT) that it references when creating an image. This LUT contains the information DIRSIG will need to predict the various radiance and transmission values for a homogeneous sky. There is no ability for DIRSIG to make one part of the sky optically thick, and the other clear. This will be remedied by having DIRSIG create a series of LUTs with different atmospheric properties that it can reference. With this ability DIRSIG can reference an optically different atmosphere depending on its viewing geometry, allowing a horizontally varying atmosphere.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Remote sensing--Atmospheric effects; Remote sensing--Data processing; Imaging systems--Digital techniques; Infrared imaging
Department, Program, or Center
Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science (COS)
Schott, John - Chair
Dobbs, Brian, "The Incorporation of atmospheric variability into DIRSIG" (2006). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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