INTEGRATION OF SENTINEL-2 AND LANDSAT-8 DATA FOR SURFACE REFLECTANCE TIME-SERIES ANALYSIS
Keywords: atmospheric correction, Landsat 8 & Sentinel-2 data integration, surface reflectance, remote sensing, quality assessment
Abstract. Integration of Sentinel-2 and Landsat-8 imagery is a key factor to provide earth observation data at a global scale with higher temporal resolution. Integration of data from two sensors is possible with the consistent harmonized data framed in common reference and processing, which can be used for comparing geophysical surface characteristics. This study focuses on the analysis of the atmospheric correction methods available for both Landsat-8 and Sentinel-2 products to convert the top of the atmosphere to the bottom of atmosphere reflectance. Other investigations (De Keukelaere, 2018) carried out similar analyses focusing on data acquired over water, while this study emphasises the analyses over land covers. Two processing algorithms iCOR and Sen2COR are utilized to perform atmospheric corrections, and results are statistically and visually compared. Comparisons based on same images processed with different algorithms show very strong correlation for some classes (urban: 0.99), while correlation values around 0.85 were achieved between images from different sensors.