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The Use of Thermal Remote Sensing to Study Thermodynamics of Ecosystem DevelopmentThermal remote sensing can provide environmental measuring tools with capabilities for measuring ecosystem development and integrity. Recent advances in applying principles of nonequilibrium thermodynamics to ecology provide fundamental insights into energy partitioning in ecosystems. Ecosystems are nonequilibrium systems, open to material and energy flows, which grow and develop structures and processes to increase energy degradation. More developed terrestrial ecosystems will be more effective at dissipating the solar gradient (degrading its energy content). This can be measured by the effective surface temperature of the ecosystem on a landscape scale. A series of airborne thermal infrared multispectral scanner data were collected from several forested ecosystems ranging from a western US douglas-fir forest to a tropical rain forest in Costa Rica. These data were used to develop measures of ecosystem development and integrity based on surface temperature.
Document ID
Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Luvall, Jeffrey C. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Rickman, Doug L. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Arnold, James E.
Date Acquired
August 19, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2000
Subject Category
Earth Resources and Remote Sensing
Meeting Information
Multi/Hyperspectral Sensors, Measurements, Modeling and Simulation(Redstone Arsenal, AL)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.