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  • This dataset compromises measurements of the angular distribution of spectral sky radiance (400-1000nm), collected as part of the Network for Calibration and Validation of Earth Observation (NCAVEO) 2006 Field Campaign. Measurements were taken at frequent intervals on the 17th June 2006 using a new instrument designed by Andrew McGonigle. The instrument is based on a temperature-stabilised miniature spectroradiometer interfaced to a telescope that can be programmed to make zenithal scans of sky irradiance. Azimuthal motion of the whole instrument was provided by manual adjustment. A sampling interval of 18° in zenith and 30° in azimuth was used. All data were collected when the spectrometer was thermally stabilised to the same temperature (approximately 7.5°C). Each sample of the sky irradiance distribution comprised two scans: one of the whole sky, and then a second low-gain scan shortly afterwards, concentrating just on the region around the Sun. Scans were repeated twice, with different integration times to allow for the extreme differences in brightness of the Sun and the sky. For further information and details on the structure of the files see the dataset's metadata PDF in linked documentation.

  • The Network for Calibration and Validation of EO data (NCAVEO) ground data collection programme included a series of transects on the River Test at Chilbolton Cow Common, an area of semi-natural wet grassland. The river survey was carried out on the 16th June between 11:15 and 13:15 at site Chilbolton 1 and 15:30-17:00 at Chilbolton 2, the day before the ‘golden day’ on which the airborne data were collected by the Environment Agency / Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The sampling strategy used was based on the desire to capture; (1) data over the range of water depths, (2) a dense and extensive sample of data to allow for bathymetric modelling of the river regions and (3) data over a broad range of substrate types to represent all varieties within the study region (e.g. from marginal vegetation to silts and to gravels). The variables recorded included: Easting; Northing; Water depth (cm); Depth to bed (cm); Surface velocity (m/s); Dominant substrate. Surface velocity was measured using a Valeport uni-directional electro-magnetic current meter (Valeport Ltd.). For more information on the collection and processing of the data please see the dataset's metadata document, in linked documentation. A video of David Spear describing the survey is available also included in the directory.

  • As part of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology Land Cover 2007 Pilot Project, a reconnaissance survey was undertaken on 12th May 2006 in a 60 x 60 km area (bounded by Ordnance Survey National Grid Reference X = 400000 to 460000, Y = 095000 to 155000) which included the Network for Calibration and Validation in Earth Observation (NCAVEO) test site. A recording tablet device was used for acquiring ground data for sample points in the defined area. The dataset consists of an ESRI shape file of point data, containing all the points recorded on a tablet device. Each point has a British National Grid X and Y co-ordinate and a class code. The dataset has not been checked or edited yet and a few of the records will be erroneous. The most obvious errors will be two or more points with identical locations but different codes, the final code will be the correct one. Some of the points for Salisbury Plain lie just outside the test area boundaries. A key to abbreviations used for field recording is also included and a list of thematic land cover classes and their codes to aid field reconnaissance, as used for Land Cover Map 2000.

  • A Delta-T BF2 Sunshine Sensor was used to measure the total and diffuse sky irradiance every minute from 10:30 to 13:00 hours on the 17th June 2006, as part of the Network for Calibration and Validation of EO data 2006 Field Campaign. 150 readings were produced in total. The direct energy of the sun on the instrument is calculated from the differences between the total energy and diffuse component recorded simultaneously.

  • This dataset compromises data collected by the Compact High Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (CHRIS) over Chilbolton, 17th June 2006, as part of the Network for Calibration and Validation of EO data (NCAVEO) 2006 Field Campaign. The data were collected in Mode 1, which has 34 metre pixel size and 62 spectral bands between 411 nm and 997 nm, giving a ground resolution of 34 metres. Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd is the owner of all data directly resulting from in-flight operation of the CHRIS instrument flown on- board the ESA PROBA spacecraft. All publications on the CHRIS instrument or data obtained from the CHRIS development and/or operation should therefore make explicit reference to Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, the CHRIS instrument and the ESA PROBA mission. The L3b Directory contains data created by Ted Milton from the L1b, after having been destriped and registered to the OS grid. For more information on the structure and format of the data please see the associated metadata PDF for the dataset in linked documentation.

  • This dataset consists of the reflectance spectra which was collected on the 16th-17th June 2006 from three artificial targets deployed at the Chilbolton Facility for Atmospheric and Radio Research (CFARR), as part of the Network for Calibration and Validation of Earth Observation data (NCAVEO) 2006 Field Experiment. The reflectance data were acquired using an ASD FieldSpec Pro fitted with a contact probe. For further details on each of the data files please see the dataset's metadata document in linked documentation.

  • A Hemispherical Camera (Nikon Coolpix 995) was used to take photographs at sites Harewood Forest, Rickyard and Fairpiece, near Chilbolton, as part of the Network for Calibration and Validation in Earth Observation 2006 Field Campaign. This dataset consists of the photos taken at Rickyard field (winter wheat) between the 15th and 17th June 2006. For further information on the photos taken on each day please see the associated metadata PDF in linked documentation.

  • This dataset compromises chlorophyll data, which was collected using a Special Products Analysis Division (SPAD) 502 chorophyll meter, as part of the Network for Calibration and Validation of EO data 2006 Field Campaign. The estimates of chlorophyll amount were taken for the spring barley crop in Brockley field, near Chilbolton, this having been the only available field without seed heads and subsequently appropriate for measurements to be taken from. The numerical SPAD value is proportional to the amount of chlorophyll within the leaf, but a calibration equation for Spring Barley is required to convert these values into chlorophyll concentration. Each SPAD value in the file is an average of 10 values which were measured within 10 metres of the flag.

  • This dataset consists of an animation of the sky conditions at Cowdown Farm, near Chilbolton, compiled from 40 photos taken over the ‘golden day’, 17th June 2006, as part of the Network for Calibration and Validation in Earth Observation 2006 experiment. A NIKON E995 camera was used with a resolution of 2048 x 1536.

  • A Hemispherical Camera (Nikon Coolpix 995) was used to take photographs at sites Harewood Forest, Rickyard and Fairpiece, Chilbolton, as part of the Network for Calibration and Validation in Earth Observation 2006 Field Campaign. This dataset consists of the 18 photos taken at Fairpiece field on the 16th June 2006, most of which are upward-looking.