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Landsat 8 Surface Reflectance Guide/Tutorial

Other Surface Reflectance Guides: Landsat 8 w/Free QGIS  Sentinel-2 w/ArcGIS  Sentinel-2 w/ Free QGIS

For a less detailed tutorial use Simplified Landsat 8 & Sentinel-2 Conversion to Surface Reflectance Steps

This easy tutorial applies Image-Based Atmospheric Correction to convert Landsat 8 imagery to surface reflectance (SR), which is essentially a process of establishing and deducting atmospheric scatter reflectance from Top of Atmosphere reflectance. This particular guide is designed to be used with ArcGIS, but can be applied to any GIS software that can produce a raster attribute table. If you do not have the appropriate software, you can use the tutorial for Free QGIS Software. Landsat surface reflectance can be ordered for free from the USGS - this tutorial shows how to convert to SR independently. Please read: About Landsat & Sentinel-2 Surface Reflectance.

Related Pages: Landsat Tiers & RMSE (offsite page)    Landsat 8 / Sentinel-2 Rare Comparison & Data

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