A.J. Szydlik


Image degradation of color aerial photography due to atmospheric effects is spectrometrically evaluated as a function of air column depth for the purpose of defining corrective terms for the conditions under which the particular imagery was acquired. The theoretical development illustrates how these terms may be used to 'subtract out' the atmospheric effects of back-scatter and attenuation from the imagery. The technique suggests that true spectral information of ground objects can be calculated despite the presence of atmospheric effects during aerial photo graphic data collection. To determine the validity of the technique, the totally airborne method results are compared to results by methods which employed ground truth information.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Aerial photography; Photographic interpretation; Photography--Scientific applications

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Department, Program, or Center

School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (CIAS)


Schott, John

Advisor/Committee Member

Granger, Edward

Advisor/Committee Member

Gutsch, William


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