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Aerial thermography studies of power plant heated lakes
Author(s): Eliel Villa-Aleman; Alfred J. Garrett; Robert J. Kurzeja; Malcolm M. Pendergast
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Paper Abstract

Remote sensing temperature measurements of water bodies is complicated by the temperature differences between the true surface or `skin' water and the bulk water below. Weather conditions control the reduction of the skin temperature relative to the bulk water temperature. Typical skin temperature depressions range from a few tenths of a degree Celsius to more than one degree. In this research project, the Savannah River Technology Center used aerial thermography and surface-based meteorological and water temperature measurements to study a power plant cooling lake in South Carolina. Skin and bulk water temperatures were measured simultaneously for imagery calibration and to product a database for modeling of skin temperature depressions as a function of weather and bulk water temperatures. This paper will present imagery that illustrates how the skin temperature depression was affected by different conditions in several locations on the lake and will present skin temperature modeling results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 March 2000
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4020, Thermosense XXII, (30 March 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.381571
Show Author Affiliations
Eliel Villa-Aleman, Savannah River Technology Ctr. (United States)
Alfred J. Garrett, Savannah River Technology Ctr. (United States)
Robert J. Kurzeja, Savannah River Technology Ctr. (United States)
Malcolm M. Pendergast, Savannah River Technology Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4020:
Thermosense XXII
Ralph B. Dinwiddie; Dennis H. LeMieux, Editor(s)

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