There hasn't been a rigorous study of Landsat 5's thermal band since 1985, the year after its launch. Nevertheless, those who utilize this thermal imagery have been using it under the assumption that the sensor is operating correctly. This research was done to show that the thermal band of Landsat 5, has been radiometrically stable over its lifetime. Also, this research attempted to determine what the calibration of the thermal band has been. This was done using various Landsat 5 images of the thermal bar in the Great Lakes that were taken over the lifetime of the satellite. The focus of this research was to study radiance from the Great Lakes and compare this with the radiance values calculated from the Landsat data. In addition, Landsat 5 was cross calibrated with Landsat 7. These results suggest that Landsat 5's thermal band has remained in nominal specification since launch.
Imaging Science (BS)
Department, Program, or Center
Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science (COS)
O'Donnell, Erin, "Historical radiometric calibration of Landsat 5" (2001). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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