An up-to-date scientific reference to ATCOR can be found in the below report:

Rudolf Richter and Daniel Schläpfer, “Atmospheric / Topographic Correction for Satellite Imagery, Theoretical Background Document”, 2017, available from

The scientific background of the ATCOR processed has been published in various peer-reviewed articles. The most important papers about the satellite version of ATCOR are compiled below:

  • Richter, R., “Atmospheric correction of satellite data with haze removal including a haze/clear transition region”, Computers & Geosciences 22:675-681 (1996).
  • Richter, R., “Correction of satellite imagery over mountainous terrain”, Applied Optics 37:4004-4015 (1998).
  • Schläpfer D., Borel C.C., Keller J., and Itten K.I.: “Atmospheric Pre-Corrected Differential Absorption Techniques to Retrieve Columnar Water Vapor”, Remote Sensing of Environment, Elsevier, 65(3):353-366 (1998).
  • Richter, R., and Mueller, A., “De-shadowing of satellite/airborne imagery”, Int. J. Remote Sensing 26:3137-3148 (2005).
  • Richter, R., Schläpfer, D., and Mueller, A., “An automatic atmospheric correction algorithm for visible/NIR imagery”, Int. J. Remote Sensing 27:2077-2085 (2006).
  • Richter, R., Schläpfer, D., “Reply to: Error propagation in atmospheric correction due to azimuthal angle simplification of lookup tables”, Int. J. Remote Sensing, Vol. 30, 283 (2009).
  • Richter, R., Wang, X., Bachmann, M., and Schlaepfer, D., “Correction of cirrus effects in Sentinel-2 type of imagery”, Int. J. Remote Sensing, Vol.32, 2931-2941 (2011).
  • Richter, R., Heege, T., Kiselev, V., and Schläpfer, D, “Correction of ozone influence on TOA radiance” Int. J. Remote Sensing, Vol. 35, 8044-8056 (2014).
  • A. Makarau, R. Richter, D. Schläpfer, and P. Reinartz, “Combined Haze and Cirrus Removal for Multispectral Imagery,” IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, vol. 13, no. 3 (2016).