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Journal of Applied Remote Sensing

Evaluation of satellite-derived products for the characterization of the urban thermal environment
Author(s): Iphigenia Keramitsoglou; Ioannis A. Daglis; Vasilis Amiridis; Nektarios Chrysoulakis; Giulio Ceriola; Paolo Manunta; Bino Maiheu; Koen De Ridder; Dirk Lauwaet; Marc F. Paganini
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Paper Abstract

Knowledge of the air and land surface temperature and their temporal and spatial variations within a city environment is of prime importance to the study of urban climate and human-environment interactions and to monitoring environmental changes due to urbanization. We present a number of air and land surface temperature products that have been produced, archived, evaluated, and analyzed for 10 European cities within the framework of the European Space Agency-funded "Urban Heat Islands and Urban Thermography" project. We evaluate in what way these products are suited to explore the urban thermal dynamics and how products with different temporal and spatial resolution can provide a complementary view, both for thermal patterns as well as heat waves. Level of confidence was evaluated through quantitative, qualitative, and user-based analyses.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 2012
PDF: 15 pages
J. Appl. Remote Sens. 6(1) 061704 doi: 10.1117/1.JRS.6.061704
Published in: Journal of Applied Remote Sensing Volume 6, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Iphigenia Keramitsoglou, National Observatory of Athens (Greece)
Ioannis A. Daglis, National Observatory of Athens (Greece)
Vasilis Amiridis, National Observatory of Athens (Greece)
Nektarios Chrysoulakis, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (Greece)
Giulio Ceriola, Planetek Italia S.r.l. (Italy)
Paolo Manunta, Planetek Italia S.r.l. (Italy)
Bino Maiheu, VITO NV (Belgium)
Koen De Ridder, VITO NV (Belgium)
Dirk Lauwaet, VITO NV (Belgium)
Marc F. Paganini, ESRIN (Italy)


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