Spatiotemporal Characterization of VIIRS Night Light

  title={Spatiotemporal Characterization of VIIRS Night Light},
  author={Christopher Small},
  booktitle={Frontiers in Remote Sensing},
  • C. Small
  • Published in Frontiers in Remote Sensing 14 September 2021
  • Physics, Mathematics
The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Day Night Band (DNB) on board the Suomi NPP satellite now provides almost a decade of daily observations of night light. The temporal frequency of sampling, without the degree of temporal averaging of annual composites, makes it necessary to consider the distinction between apparent temporal changes of night light related to the imaging process and actual changes in the underlying sources of the night light being imaged. The most common… 

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