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Mapping energy balance fluxes and root zone soil moisture in the White Volta Basin using optical imagery
Author(s): Jan M. H. Hendrickx; Sung-ho Hong; Jan Friesen; Halidou Compaore; Nick C. van de Giesen; Charles Rodgers; Paul L. G. Vlek
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Paper Abstract

Accurate information on the distribution of sensible and latent heat fluxes as well as soil moisture is critical for evaluation of background characteristics. Since these fluxes are subject to rapid changes in time and space, it is nearly impossible to determine their spatial and temporal distributions over large areas from ground measurements alone. Therefore, prediction from remote sensing images is very attractive as it enables extensive area coverage and a high repetition rate. In this study, the Surface Energy Balance Algorithm for Land as implemented at New Mexico Tech (SEBALNM) is used to estimate sensible and latent heat fluxes in the White Volta Basin of Ghana, West Africa. The objectives are (i) to demonstrate a SEBALNM application in a part of the world were ground measurements are very scarce and (ii) to compare evapotranspiration (ET) maps obtained from Landsat and MODIS imagery, respectively. The results of this study demonstrate that SEBALNM can be applied for mapping sensible and latent heat fluxes as well as soil moisture over areas where few or no ground measurements are available using common satellite products (Landsat and MODIS).

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6239, Targets and Backgrounds XII: Characterization and Representation, 62390Q (4 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.665235
Show Author Affiliations
Jan M. H. Hendrickx, New Mexico Tech (United States)
Sung-ho Hong, New Mexico Tech (United States)
Jan Friesen, Delft Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)
Halidou Compaore, National Ctr. for Scientific and Technological Research (Burkina Faso)
Nick C. van de Giesen, Delft Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)
Charles Rodgers, Bonn Univ. (Germany)
Paul L. G. Vlek, Bonn Univ. (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6239:
Targets and Backgrounds XII: Characterization and Representation
Wendell R. Watkins; Dieter Clement, Editor(s)

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