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Land Product Characterization System (LPCS)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center are collaborating on the development of a Land Product Characterization System (LPCS) that will facilitate the application of multi-satellite and in-situ data for characterization and validation of satellite-derived land-related products (e.g., Surface Reflectance, Normalized Difference Vegetation Index, and Land Surface Temperature). The system is designed to utilize data and products available and anticipated from the Landsat 8, ESA Sentinel-2 and -3 series of satellites, and other relatively high and medium resolution sensors, to assist in validation of GOES-16 Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) and Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (S-NPP)/Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) land products. Although initially designed to assess ABI and VIIRS land products, any of the sensor data or products included in the LPCS can be included in the products requested for comparative analysis with any of the other products available within LPCS.

The LPCS includes data inventory, access, and analysis functions that will permit the currently included land products to be easily identified, retrieved, co-registered, and compared statistically through a single interface. Output products from LPCS include graphics (charts) and tabular data, and georeferenced images of all sensors selected for analysis within LPCS. The LPCS functionality, and data sets available for analysis, are continually evolving. Full functionality within LPCS is currently limited to several Landsat and MODIS data products; however, placeholders are included for GOES-16  ABI and  VIIRS products.

The land science community is encouraged to utilize the current LPCS capabilities, and is invited to provide feedback for future enhancements in the development of the LPCS. First-time users are recommended to review the below LPCS Tutorial that provides step-by-step guidance through the data searching criteria, advanced processing options, and output products. The LPCS User Guide provides detailed information related to the system features and functionality.

Access LPCS - direct access to LPCS.

LPCS Tutorial - provides step-by-step example of ordering data products through LPCS.

LPCS User Guide - provides important information about LPCS products and services.

User Feedback Form - provide input and feedback about searching portals, data products, and services.

Contact User Services - contact us with questions about LPCS.



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