This procedure has been replaced with the QUAC task.

This procedure automates the QUick Atmospheric Correction (QUAC) workflow for programmatic access. ENVI uses the latest QUAC algorithm as documented in the following reference:

Bernstein, L. S., X. Jin, B. Gregor, and S. Adler-Golden. "Quick Atmospheric Correction Code: Algorithm Description and Recent Upgrades." Optical Engineering 51, No. 11 (2012): 111719-1 to 111719-11.

Note: This routine requires a separate license for the ENVI Atmospheric Correction Module; contact your sales representative for more information.


ENVI_DOIT, 'ENVI_QUAC_DOIT' [, DIMS=array], FID=file ID [, /IN_MEMORY] [, M_FID=file ID] [, M_POS=value] [, OUT_BNAME=string array], OUT_NAME=string, POS=array [, QUAC_SENSOR=string] [, R_FID=variable]



The “dimensions” keyword is a five-element array of long integers that defines the spatial subset (of a file or array) to use for processing. Nearly every time you specify the keyword FID, you must also specify the spatial subset of the corresponding file (even if the entire file, with no spatial subsetting, is to be processed).

  • DIMS[0]: A pointer to an open ROI; use only in cases where ROIs define the spatial subset. Otherwise, set to -1L.
  • DIMS[1]: The starting sample number. The first x pixel is 0.
  • DIMS[2]: The ending sample number
  • DIMS[3]: The starting line number. The first y pixel is 0.
  • DIMS[4]: The ending line number

To process an entire file (with no spatial subsetting), define DIMS as shown in the following code example. This example assumes you have already opened a file using ENVI_SELECT or ENVI_PICKFILE:

  envi_file_query, fid, dims=dims


The file ID (FID) is a long-integer scalar with a value greater than 0. An invalid FID has a value of -1. The FID is provided as a named variable by any routine used to open or select a file. Often, the FID is returned from the keyword R_FID in the ENVIRasterToFID routine. Files are processed by referring to their FIDs. If you work directly with the file in IDL, the FID is not equivalent to a logical unit number (LUN).


Set this keyword to specify that output should be stored in memory. If you do not set IN_MEMORY, output will be stored on disk and you must specify OUT_NAME (see below).

When IN_MEMORY is set, a QUAC virtual raster is created and added to the Available Bands List. R_FID is the returned FID of the virtual raster.

M_FID (optional)

Use this keyword to specify the file ID of the mask file. This value is returned from the keyword R_FID in the ENVI_OPEN_FILE procedure. M_FID is a long integer with a value greater than 0. An invalid file ID has a value of -1.

M_POS (optional)

Use this keyword to specify the band position of the mask band. M_POS is a long integer with a value greater than or equal to 0.

OUT_BNAME (optional)

Use this keyword to specify a string array of output band names.


Use this keyword to specify a string with the output filename for the resulting data. If you set the keyword IN_MEMORY, you do not need to specify OUT_NAME.


Use this keyword to specify an array of band positions, indicating the band numbers on which to perform the operation. This keyword indicates the spectral subset of bands to use in processing. POS is an array of long integers, ranging from 0 to the number of bands minus 1. Specify bands starting with zero (Band 1=0, Band 2=1, etc.) For example, to process only Bands 3 and 4 of a multi-band file, POS=[2, 3].

POS is typically used with individual files. The example code below illustrates the use of POS for a single file with four bands of data:

envi_doit, 'envi_stats_doit', dims=dims, fid=fid, pos=pos, $
comp_flag=3, dmin=dmin, dmax=dmax, mean=mean, stdv=stdv, hist=hist

But what if you need to create an output file consisting of data from different bands, each from different files? Library routines such as CF_DOIT and ENVI_LAYER_STACKING_DOIT can accomplish this, but they use the POS keyword differently. Suppose you have four files, test1, test2, test3, and test4, with corresponding FIDs of fid1, fid2, fid3, and fid4, respectively. In the following example, you want Band 3 from test1 in the first position, Band 2 from test2 in the second position, Band 6 from test3 in the third position, and Band 4 from test4 in the fourth position. The code should be as follows:

  fid_array = [fid1,fid2,fid3,fid4]
envi_doit, 'cf_doit', dims=dims, fid=fid_array


Specify one of the following strings, indicating the sensor type of the input raster:

Generic / Unknown Sensor
Highly Vegetated Scenes
Landsat TM/ETM/OLI
Near Infrared (NIR)
Near-Shortwave Infrared (NIR-SWIR)
  • If QUAC_SENSOR is not set, then the routine uses the Generic/Unknown Sensor option to guess the best sensor type, based on the number of input bands and their wavelengths.
  • Select the Highly Vegetated Scenes option if the image is highly vegetated.
  • Select the Near Infrared (NIR) option if the input raster has more than 70 bands and the wavelengths span the near-infrared region.
  • Select the Near-Shortwave Infrared (NIR-SWIR) option if the input raster has more than five bands and the wavelengths span the near-shortwave infrared region.

R_FID (optional)

ENVI Classic library routines that result in new images also have an R_FID, or “returned FID.” This is simply a named variable containing the file ID to access the processed data. Specifying this keyword saves you the step of opening the new file from disk.