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Why am I seeing slight vertical striping in some Landsat 8 Operational Land Imager (OLI) images?

Striping (termed as banding in this explanation) may be seen in a small number of Landsat 8 scenes- this is caused from discontinuities between the 14 Sensor Chip Assemblies (SCAs) on the OLI instrument. It can be seen in OLI bands 1 -5, and 9 in Figures 1 and 2 below.  

The satellite’s SWIR Bands 6 and 7 are also affected by the ‘banding’, but in addition, by striping caused by inaccurate inputs of the Response Linearization Look Up Tables (RLUT) (see fig 3 below).  

This extra striping affect has been decreased, since update was done to the RLUT on August 9, 2013

(See USGS Landsat Missions home page for more details).


Figure 1: Landsat 8 OLI bands 1 – 5. Banding can be seen in each of the band files.


Figure 2: Landsat 8 OLI band 9. Banding similar to that found in bands 1-5 is visible.