Articles | Volume 12, issue 2
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 1321–1346, 2020
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 1321–1346, 2020

Data description paper 16 Jun 2020

Data description paper | 16 Jun 2020

Improving the usability of the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) L1B2 Georectified Radiance Product (2000–present) in land surface applications

Michel M. Verstraete et al.

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The L1B2 Georectified Radiance Product, available for each of the nine cameras of the MISR instrument, contains a variable number of missing values, especially wherever and whenever the instrument is switched from the Global to the Local Mode. This paper proposes an algorithm to effectively replace those missing values and demonstrates the performance of the process. MISR data and software tools are obtainable from public domain websites to explore this issue further.