Calibration and Validation
SENTINEL-3 calibration and validation (cal/val) activities are essential to the quality of the mission. Data quality will be assessed through determination of the radiometric, spatial, spectral and geometric fidelity of the satellite sensor and the accuracy of geophysical products. Three phases of cal/val are foreseen for SENTINEL-3:
Dedicated SENTINEL-3 calibration tasks include:
Dedicated SENTINEL-3 validation tasks include:
In addition, the cal/val component of the SENTINEL-3 mission includes maintenance and evolution of prototype ground processors, generation of all pre-launch auxiliary data sets needed for Level-1 and Level-2 processing and the definition and planning of in situ campaigns to be conducted during the commissioning phase. SENTINEL-3 cal/val plans will be reviewed and updated on a regular basis as required by the mission. In particular, a PDGS re-processing capability will support calibration and validation activities as well as potential tuning of algorithms and product evolution.
The responsibilities for the 3 SENTINEL-3 cal/val specific phases will be split as follows:
SYN Calibration and Validation Overview:
The focus for synergy product validation is the quality of the co-registration process. The radiometric information from OLCI/SLSTR Level-1B products is not changed at Level-1C and so a consistency check for the proper Level-1B input is sufficient. It is also assumed that for geo-location, a geometric modelling is taken into account in Level-1B processing. The geometric model is composed of the Instrument Pixel Pointing Vectors Model (for each camera for OLCI, for each view for SLSTR), and the Geometric Calibration Model (attitudes biases and orbital harmonics for OLCI and SLSTR). In Level-2 the atmospheric correction scheme validation is essential. The aim of the SYN-GGT product is continuity with SPOT VGT mission, therefore the validation will consist mainly of comparison with SPOT VGT or/and PROBA V.