A Robust Inversion Algorithm for Surface Leaf and Soil Temperatures Using the Vegetation Clumping Index
AbstractThe inversion of land surface component temperatures is an essential source of information for mapping heat fluxes and the angular normalization of thermal infrared (TIR) observations. Leaf and soil temperatures can be retrieved using multiple-view-angle TIR observations. In a satellite-scale pixel, the clumping effect of vegetation is usually present, but it is not completely considered during the inversion process. Therefore, we introduced a simple inversion procedure that uses gap frequency with a clumping index (GCI) for leaf and soil temperatures over both crop and forest canopies. Simulated datasets corresponding to turbid vegetation, regularly planted crops and randomly distributed forest were generated using a radiosity model and were used to test the proposed inversion algorithm. The results indicated that the GCI algorithm performed well for both crop and forest canopies, with root mean squared errors of less than 1.0 °C against simulated values. The proposed inversion algorithm was also validated using measured datasets over orchard, maize and wheat canopies. Similar results were achieved, demonstrating that using the clumping index can improve inversion results. In all evaluations, we recommend using the GCI algorithm as a foundation for future satellite-based applications due to its straightforward form and robust performance for both crop and forest canopies using the vegetation clumping index. View Full-Text
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Bian, Z.; Cao, B.; Li, H.; Du, Y.; Song, L.; Fan, W.; Xiao, Q.; Liu, Q. A Robust Inversion Algorithm for Surface Leaf and Soil Temperatures Using the Vegetation Clumping Index. Remote Sens. 2017, 9, 780.
Bian Z, Cao B, Li H, Du Y, Song L, Fan W, Xiao Q, Liu Q. A Robust Inversion Algorithm for Surface Leaf and Soil Temperatures Using the Vegetation Clumping Index. Remote Sensing. 2017; 9(8):780.Chicago/Turabian Style
Bian, Zunjian; Cao, Biao; Li, Hua; Du, Yongming; Song, Lisheng; Fan, Wenjie; Xiao, Qing; Liu, Qinhuo. 2017. "A Robust Inversion Algorithm for Surface Leaf and Soil Temperatures Using the Vegetation Clumping Index." Remote Sens. 9, no. 8: 780.
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