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Inter-comparison of thermal measurements using ground-based sensors, UAV thermal cameras, and eddy covariance radiometers
Author(s): Alfonso Torres-Rua; Hector Nieto; Chistopher Parry; Manal Elarab; Wesley Collatz; Calvin Coopmans; Lynn McKee; Mac McKee; William Kustas
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Paper Abstract

With the increasing availability of thermal proximity sensors, UAV-borne cameras, and eddy covariance radiometers there may be an assumption that information produced by these sensors is interchangeable or compatible. This assumption is often held for estimation of agricultural parameters such as canopy and soil temperature, energy balance components, and evapotranspiration. Nevertheless, environmental conditions, calibration, and ground settings may affect the relationship between measurements from each of these thermal sensors. This work presents a comparison between proximity infrared radiometer (IRT) sensors, microbolometer thermal cameras used in UAVs, and thermal radiometers used in eddy covariance towers in an agricultural setting. The information was collected in the 2015 and 2016 irrigation seasons at a commercial vineyard located in California for the USDA Agricultural Research Service Grape Remote Sensing Atmospheric Profile and Evapotranspiration Experiment (GRAPEX) Program. Information was captured at different times during diurnal cycles, and IRT and radiometer footprint areas were calculated for comparison with UAV thermal raster information. Issues such as sensor accuracy, the location of IRT sensors, diurnal temperature changes, and surface characterizations are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 July 2018
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 10664, Autonomous Air and Ground Sensing Systems for Agricultural Optimization and Phenotyping III, 106640E (16 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2305832
Show Author Affiliations
Alfonso Torres-Rua, Utah Water Research Lab. (United States)
Hector Nieto, Institute for Food and Agricultural Research and Technology (Spain)
Chistopher Parry, USDA-ARS (United States)
Manal Elarab, MicaSense, Inc. (United States)
Wesley Collatz, Univ. of California, Davis (United States)
Calvin Coopmans, Utah Water Research Lab. (United States)
Lynn McKee, USDA-ARS (United States)
Mac McKee, Utah Water Research Lab. (United States)
William Kustas, USDA-ARS (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10664:
Autonomous Air and Ground Sensing Systems for Agricultural Optimization and Phenotyping III
J. Alex Thomasson; Mac McKee; Robert J. Moorhead, Editor(s)

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