MCScene synthetic scene data can be a valuable resource for development of retrieval algorithms. Not only is “ground truth” known, because it is built into the simulations, but “atmosphere truth” is known as well. If you are interested in assessing the utility of MCScene simulations, we have assembled a small collection of hyperspectral and multispectral data sets that are available for download from the MCScene page. All data sets include not only the synthetic hypercubes, but also corresponding data cubes for source reflectance and path optical depth for all sensor pixel lines-of-sight.
MCScene simulated nadir view of Picatinny, NY from 20 km altitude. At left, a cloud-free scene. At right is the same scene with a stratocumulus street cloud field.