Does anyone have or know a citation for the Landsat 8 striping that affects some scenes (Brazil shown here). It's apparent in all bands (B3 here at 100% stretch) and is present in both RAW and Surface Reflectance imagery. It's impacting an image classification's accuracy and I can't seem to find much info about it in the Known Issues from USGS. I've found this document from a Yale website, but again, can't seem to find a primary source to cite.

Google Earth Engine link to script showing the striping effect at Band 3. The script also allows the export of a subset of the product LC08_L1TP_230066_20170621_20170630_01_T1

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  • Did you download it from the USGS Earth Explorer or from the Google Earth Engine ??
    Commented Apr 17, 2018 at 14:51
  • Google Earth Engine. I provided the link to reproduce it at the bottom. Commented Apr 17, 2018 at 14:53
  • Can you go back to the USGS Earth Explorer and there should be information there if you see the same scene ?
    Commented Apr 17, 2018 at 14:55
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    Are you absolutely sure that this is OLI data? This is the type of artifact, after correction, that is observed in ETM+7 due to the scan-alignment error. I have never seen this in OLI. I would recommend downloading the same image from earth explorer to see if the artifacts are actually associated with the image or if it is a result of post-processing in GEE. I would imagine that it is possible that this type of banding could result from nearest neighbor sampling during reprojection. Commented Apr 17, 2018 at 15:29
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    The striping is apparent in Band 3 of LC08_L1TP_230066_20170621_20170630_01_T1. The striping is visible in EarthEngine as well as in an exported subset - see the extended script
    – Kersten
    Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 12:24

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Looks more like different OLI sensor segments. This usually can be seen over water, but like in this case sometimes it persists on images taken over land.

  • I don't understand why this was downvoted. It seems to be the most correct answer here. Here is a reference: landsat.usgs.gov/…
    – iled
    Commented Jul 30, 2018 at 4:06

This is so called "Memory effect" and it has been around since the sensor is in orbit. It is quite common for optical space-borne sensors, you can see similar effect in Sentinel-2 MSI and Sentinel-3 OLCI sensors.

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    I do not think this is memory effect, which would manifest as dark and white stripes perpendicular to the direction of satellite travel. Commented Jun 8, 2018 at 15:58

Morfitt et al. 2015 (Remote Sensing) provides a description of the effect and its cause. See Figure 1 for Focal Plane Module (FPM) layout and Section 3.2.2 for causes of discontinuities across FPM boundaries (and Figures 8-10 for examples). The effect is "generally uncorrectable."

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