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Remote Sens. 2016, 8(6), 504; doi:10.3390/rs8060504

Estimation of Daily Solar Radiation Budget at Kilometer Resolution over the Tibetan Plateau by Integrating MODIS Data Products and a DEM

ICube Laboratory, UMR 7357 CNRS-University of Strasbourg, F-67412 Illkirch Cedex, France
State Key Laboratory of Remote Sensing Science, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
Delft University of Technology, 2628 CN Delft, The Netherlands
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Academic Editors: Zhongbo Su, Yijian Zeng, Zoltan Vekerdy, Richard Müller and Prasad S. Thenkabail
Received: 30 March 2016 / Revised: 6 June 2016 / Accepted: 11 June 2016 / Published: 16 June 2016
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Considering large and complex areas like the Tibetan Plateau, an analysis of the spatial distribution of the solar radiative budget over time not only requires the use of satellite remote sensing data, but also of an algorithm that accounts for strong variations of topography. Therefore, this research aims at developing a method to produce time series of solar radiative fluxes at high temporal and spatial resolution based on observed surface and atmosphere properties and topography. The objective is to account for the heterogeneity of the land surface using multiple land surface and atmospheric MODIS data products combined with a digital elevation model to produce estimations daily at the kilometric level. The developed approach led to the production of a three-year time series (2008–2010) of daily solar radiation budget at one kilometer spatial resolution across the Tibetan Plateau. The validation showed that the main improvement from the proposed method is a higher spatial and temporal resolution as compared to existing products. However, even if the solar radiation estimates are satisfying on clear sky conditions, the algorithm is less reliable under cloudy sky condition and the albedo product used here has a too coarse temporal resolution and is not accurate enough over rugged terrain. View Full-Text
Keywords: solar radiation budget; MODIS; time series; topography; Tibetan Plateau solar radiation budget; MODIS; time series; topography; Tibetan Plateau

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Roupioz, L.; Jia, L.; Nerry, F.; Menenti, M. Estimation of Daily Solar Radiation Budget at Kilometer Resolution over the Tibetan Plateau by Integrating MODIS Data Products and a DEM. Remote Sens. 2016, 8, 504.

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