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Algorithm of regional surface evaporation using remote sensing: a case study of Haihe basin, China
Author(s): Jun Xiong; Nana Yan
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Paper Abstract

Evapotranspiration (ET, or latent heat flux) is the most essential and uncertain factor in water resource management. Remote sensing is a promising tool for estimation of spatial distribution of ET at regional scale with limited ground observations. We developed an algorithm for estimating regional evapotranspiration from MODIS 1b data and ancillary meteorological data. The algorithm is an integration of Penman-Monteith equation and SEBS (Surface Energy Balance System) model. The former is a combination of the energy balance theory and the mass transfer method to compute the evaporation from cropped surfaces from standard climatological records of sunshine, temperature, humidity and wind speed by introducing resistance factors, and the latter determines the spatio-temporal variability of regional evaporative condition. First, we characterized key land surface parameters on satellite over passing days, including fractional vegetation cover (fc), roughness height for momentum (z0m), net radiation (Rn) and soil heat flux (G0); Second, SEBS was applied to partition the sensible heat (H) from latent heat (LE) in combination with Planetary Boundary Layer (PBL) information from seven meteorological stations. A parameterization of surface roughness was applied at mountainous area considering topographic influence; third, we chose available surface resistance (RS) as the temporal-scaling factor. With bulk surface resistance is properly defined, P-M methods is valid for both soil and vegetation canopy. We validated ET from this algorithm with limited actual observations of ET including 2 eddy covariance system dataset and 1 lysimeter sites. Water balance equation is used as a trend-analysis tool to show the consistency between rainfall and ET on four drainage area. As a result, the prototype products showed different accuracy and applicability on different underlying and time scale, which demonstrates the potential of this approach for estimating ET from 1-km to regional spatial scale in North China Plain.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 November 2007
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6790, MIPPR 2007: Remote Sensing and GIS Data Processing and Applications; and Innovative Multispectral Technology and Applications, 679025 (14 November 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.750373
Show Author Affiliations
Jun Xiong, Institute of Remote Sensing Applications (China)
Nana Yan, Institute of Remote Sensing Applications (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6790:
MIPPR 2007: Remote Sensing and GIS Data Processing and Applications; and Innovative Multispectral Technology and Applications

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