I am new to Google Earth Engine. I would like to extract the Albedo for certain areas of Greenland. I am doing it with MODIS as well as Landsat and was wondering the following about Landsat:

I found that you use the following equation for albedo:

((0.356*B1) + (0.130*B2) + (0.373*B3) + (0.085*B4) + (0.072*B5) -0.018) / 1.016 

Does it make more sense to use 'USGS Landsat 8 Collection 1 Tier 1 TOA Reflectance' or 'USGS Landsat 8 Surface Reflectance Tier 1' for that?

  • I think that is best answered by the source where you got the equation from
    – JonasV
    Feb 23, 2021 at 14:47
  • It says "Landsat image that has been converted from digital numbers to Top of Atmosphere (TOA) reflectance" but how do I know if the Landsat data in GEE is DN or TOA? couldn't find it in the information parts
    – xdsccc
    Feb 23, 2021 at 14:58
  • I think GEE doesn't even have DN. TOA in this case would be 'USGS Landsat 8 Collection 1 Tier 1 TOA Reflectance'
    – JonasV
    Feb 23, 2021 at 15:04
  • Oh okay! Thanks for your help!
    – xdsccc
    Feb 23, 2021 at 15:11


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