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Evaluation of satellite land surface temperatures using ground measurements from surface radiation budget network
Author(s): Yunyue Yu; Dan Tarpley; M. K. Rama Varma Raja; Konstantin Vinnikov; Mitch D. Goldberg
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Paper Abstract

Evaluation of satellite land surface temperature (LST) is one of the most difficult tasks in LST retrieval algorithm development, because of spatial and temporal variability of land surface temperature and surface emissivity variations. A large number of high quality "match-up" satellite and ground LST data is needed for the evaluation process. In developing a LST algorithm for the GOES-R Advanced Baseline Imager, we produced a set of "match-up" dataset from SURFace RADiation (SURFRAD) budget network ground measurements and GOES-8 and -10 satellite measurements. The dataset covers one-year GOES Imager data over six SURFRAD sites in the United States. A stringent cloud filtering procedure was applied to minimize cloud contamination in the match-up dataset. Each of the SURFRAD sites contains enough match-up data pairs for ensuring significance of statistical analyses of the LST algorithm. The evaluation was performed by directly and indirectly comparing the SURFRAD and satellite LSTs of each site. The direct comparison was illustrated using scatter plots and histogram plots of the ground and the satellite LSTs, while the indirect comparison was performed using a matrix analysis model developed by Flynn (2006)[1]. We demonstrated that LST measurements from the SURFRAD instrument can be used in our evaluation of the GOES-R LST algorithm development and the precision of the GOES-R LST algorithm can be fairly well estimated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 September 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7085, Atmospheric and Environmental Remote Sensing Data Processing and Utilization IV: Readiness for GEOSS II, 70850L (10 September 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.794227
Show Author Affiliations
Yunyue Yu, NOAA/NESDIS (United States)
Dan Tarpley, Short and Associates, Inc. (United States)
M. K. Rama Varma Raja, I. M. Systems Group, Inc. (United States)
Konstantin Vinnikov, Univ. of Maryland, College Park (United States)
Mitch D. Goldberg, NOAA/NESDIS (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7085:
Atmospheric and Environmental Remote Sensing Data Processing and Utilization IV: Readiness for GEOSS II
Mitchell D. Goldberg; Hal J. Bloom; Philip E. Ardanuy; Allen H.-L. Huang, Editor(s)

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