An evaluation of digitized APT data from the TIROS-N/NOAA-A, -J series of meteorological satellites
The TIROS-N/NOAA-A,-J series of meteorological satellites transmit imagery data to the Earth in both digital and analogue formats. The analogue data are a processed subset of the digital dat and have lower resolution. A quantitative evaluation of a post-reception digitized version of this is made using the corresponding digital data as a standard. In nine comparisons the calibration of the infrared sensor on board was within 0.01 deg C. Sea surface temperature estimates from APT data were 0.3 deg C below the corresponding digitally transmitted data. The albedo estimates were within 0.2 per cent. Processed APT data are adequate for many mesoscale measurements in the fields of oceanography and meteorology and are most readily accessible than the digitally transmitted data.
SourceIn: International Journal of Remote Sensing, 5, 1984, pp. 133-144.