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Multispectral remote-sensing contribution to land surface evaporation
Author(s): Bhaskar J. Choudhury
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Paper Abstract

The global water cycle is perhaps the most important of all the biogeochemical cycles and evaporation, which is a significant component of the water cycle, is also linked with the energy and carbon cycles. Long-term evaporation over large areas has generally been computed as the difference of precipitation and river runoff. Analysis of short-term evaporation rate and its spatial pattern, however, is extremely complex, and multispectral remotely sensed data could aid in such analysis. Multispectral data considered here are visible and near-infrared reflectances, infrared surface temperature and the 37 GHz brightness temperatures. These observations are found to be not totally independent of each other. A few of their relationships are established and discussed considering physically-based models.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1990
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1300, Remote Sensing of the Biosphere, (1 December 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.21387
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Bhaskar J. Choudhury, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1300:
Remote Sensing of the Biosphere
James Alan Smith, Editor(s)

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