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i.tasscap - Performs Tasseled Cap (Kauth Thomas) transformation.


imagery, transformation, Landsat, MODIS, Worldview, Sentinel, Tasseled Cap transformation


i.tasscap --help
i.tasscap input=name[,name,...] output=basename sensor=string [--overwrite] [--help] [--verbose] [--quiet] [--ui]


Allow output files to overwrite existing files
Print usage summary
Verbose module output
Quiet module output
Force launching GUI dialog


input=name[,name,...] [required]
For Landsat4-7: bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7; for Landsat8: bands 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7; for MODIS: bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7; for Sentinel-2: bands 1 to 12, 8A; for Worldview-2: bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
output=basename [required]
basename for output raster map(s)
Name for output basename raster map(s)
sensor=string [required]
Satellite sensor
Options: landsat4_tm, landsat5_tm, landsat7_etm, landsat8_oli, modis, sentinel2, worldview2

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i.tasscap calculates Tasseled Cap (Kauth Thomas, TC) transformation for Landsat TM data (TM4, TM5, ETM7), MODIS and Sentinel-2 data. The tasseled cap transformation is effectively a compression method to reduce multiple spectral data into a few bands. The method was originally developed for understanding important phenomena of crop development in spectral space (Kauth and Thomas, 1976).

Tasseled cap coefficients for Landsat 7 ETM+ are at-satellite reflectance values (C. Huang et al., 2001), the conversion can be achieved with i.landsat.toar.

The following tasseled cap components are generated:


Calculation of TC maps from North Carolina Landsat 7 ETM scene:
# See manual page of i.landsat.toar for pre-processing

g.region raster=lsat7_2002_toar.1 -p

i.tasscap sensor=landsat7_etm \
  input=lsat7_2002_toar.1,lsat7_2002_toar.2,lsat7_2002_toar.3,lsat7_2002_toar.4,lsat7_2002_toar.5,lsat7_2002_toar.7 \

 'Brightness' Tasseled Cap component 1
'Brightness' Tasseled Cap component 1
 'Greenness' Tasseled Cap component 2
'Greenness' Tasseled Cap component 2
 'Wetness' Tasseled Cap component 3
'Wetness' Tasseled Cap component 3
 'Atmospheric haze' Tasseled Cap component 4
'Atmospheric haze' Tasseled Cap component 4



i.albedo, i.atcorr, i.landsat.toar,


Dr. Agustin Lobo, original script, 1997

Markus Neteler, ITC-irst, 2001

Converted to Python by Glynn Clements

Code improvements by Leonardo Perathoner

Sentinel-2 support by Veronica Andreo

Worldview-2 support by Markus Neteler


Available at: i.tasscap source code (history)

Latest change: Thursday Jan 26 14:10:26 2023 in commit: cdd84c130cea04b204479e2efdc75c742efc4843

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