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Thermal Infrared Remote Sensing for Analysis of Landscape Ecological Processes: Current Insights and TrendsNASA or NOAA Earth-observing satellites are not the only space-based TIR platforms. The European Space Agency (ESA), the Chinese, and other countries have in orbit or plan to launch TIR remote sensing systems. Satellite remote sensing provides an excellent opportunity to study land-atmosphere energy exchanges at the regional scale. A predominant application of TIR data has been in inferring evaporation, evapotranspiration (ET), and soil moisture. In addition to using TIR data for ET and soil moisture analysis over vegetated surfaces, there is also a need for using these data for assessment of drought conditions. The concept of ecological thermodynamics provides a quantification of surface energy fluxes for landscape characterization in relation to the overall amount of energy input and output from specific land cover types.
Document ID
Document Type
Book Chapter
Quattrochi, Dale A.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Luvall, Jeffrey C.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Date Acquired
June 3, 2016
Publication Date
March 1, 2014
Publication Information
Publication: Scale Issues in Remote Sensing
Subject Category
Earth Resources And Remote Sensing
Report/Patent Number
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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