Use this procedure to calculate the thermal infrared atmospheric correction. The input into this procedure must be a thermal multi-band image with associated wavelength values. If you do not specify wavelength units in the file header, you must supply them with the optional keyword WL_UNITS. The image should be in units of [W/(m2/μm/sr)]. The optional keyword DATA_SCALE is used to convert the image to these units. The keywords METHOD_LF and METHOD_PS allow you to control the data gain and offset calculations. Additional keywords allow you to output a gain and offset file and plot the transmission/upwelling.


ENVI_DOIT, 'ENVI_THERMAL_CORRECT_DOIT' [, /DATA_SCALE], DIMS=array, FID=file ID, /IN_MEMORY [, /MAKEPLOTS], METHOD_LF={0 | 1}, METHOD_PS={0 | 1} [, NESR=value] [, OUT_BNAME=string array] [, OUT_CFF=string], OUT_NAME=string, POS=array [, R_FID=file ID] [, WL_UNITS=integer]



Use this keyword to specify the data scaling factor to convert the image to [W/(m2/μm/sr)], prior to calculating the thermal atmospheric correction. The default is to perform no data scaling.


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).

MAKEPLOTS (optional)

Set this keyword to plot the transmission/upwelling of the data. The default is to not plot the data.


Use this keyword to specify the method for fitting the line in the data gain and offset calculation. METHOD_LF is one of the following integer values.

  • 0: Top of bin
  • 1: Normalized regression (requires the keyword NESR)


Use this keyword to specify the regression method in the data gain and offset calculation. METHOD_PS is one of the following integer values.

  • 0: All pixels
  • 1: Max hit

NESR (optional)

Use this keyword to specify the noise equivalent spectral radiance (NESR) value. You must specify this value if METHOD_LF=1.

OUT_BNAME (optional)

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

OUT_CFF (optional)

Use this keyword to specify an output filename for the gain and offset values used to atmospherically correct each band. The file contains a gain and offset value for each band specified by the POS array. The default is to not save the gain and offset value to a file.


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

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.

WL_UNITS (optional)

Use this keyword to specify the wavelength units for the file specified by FID. WL_UNITS is required when the file header does not contain any wavelength units.

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