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Use Of Thermal-Inertia Properties For Material Identification
Author(s): John P. Schieldge; Anne B. Kahle; Ronald E. Alley; Alan R. Gillespie
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Paper Abstract

A knowledge of the thermal inertia of the Earth's surface can be used in geologic mapping as a complement to surface reflectance data as provided by Landsat. Thermal inertia, a body property, cannot be determined directly but can be inferred from radiation temperature measurements made at various times in the diurnal heating cycle, combined with a model of the surface heating processes. We have developed such a model and applied it along with temperature measurements made in the field and from satellite to determine thermal properties of surface materials. An example from a test site in western Nevada is used to illustrate the utility of this technique.

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Date Published: 23 December 1980
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0238, Image Processing for Missile Guidance, (23 December 1980); doi: 10.1117/12.959165
Show Author Affiliations
John P. Schieldge, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Anne B. Kahle, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Ronald E. Alley, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Alan R. Gillespie, California Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0238:
Image Processing for Missile Guidance
Thomas F. Wiener, Editor(s)

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