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Estimating surface net solar radiation by use of Landsat-5 TM and digital elevation models

Wang , J., White, K. and Robinson, G. J. (2000) Estimating surface net solar radiation by use of Landsat-5 TM and digital elevation models. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 21 (1). pp. 31-43. ISSN 0143-1161

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To link to this article DOI: 10.1080/014311600210975

Abstract/Summary

The ground surface net solar radiation is the energy that drives physical and chemical processes at the ground surface. In this paper, multi-spectral data from the Landsat-5 TM, topographic data from a gridded digital elevation model, field measurements, and the atmosphere model LOWTRAN 7 are used to estimate surface net solar radiation over the FIFE site. Firstly an improved method is presented and used for calculating total surface incoming radiation. Then, surface albedo is integrated from surface reflectance factors derived from remotely sensed data from Landsat-5 TM. Finally, surface net solar radiation is calculated by subtracting surface upwelling radiation from the total surface incoming radiation.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Environmental Systems Science Centre
ID Code:4651
Publisher:Taylor & Francis

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