Boundary-Layer Meteorology

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 1–17

Radiative surface temperature and energy balance of a wheat canopy

I. Comparison of radiative and aerodynamic canopy temperature
  • N. D. S. Huband
  • J. L. Monteith

DOI: 10.1007/BF00117455

Cite this article as:
Huband, N.D.S. & Monteith, J.L. Boundary-Layer Meteorol (1986) 36: 1. doi:10.1007/BF00117455


For a stand of winter wheat, radiative canopy temperature measured with an infra-red radiometer was systematically related to a surface temperature derived from air temperature and wind speed profiles. Radiative temperature changed significantly with viewing angle and azimuth, but the influences of sun angle and ground cover were minimised by inclining the radiometer at 55 ° to the vertical and at right angles to the solar beam.

At a standard viewing angle of 55 ° to the zenith, radiative canopy temperature was consistently 1 K cooler than the aerodynamic temperature. The algorithm used to describe this relation contains an effective canopy emissivity which decreases with viewing angle and an effective reflectivity. The observations establish a basis for incorporating canopy surface temperature into formulae for estimating the sensible heat loss from vegetation.

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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • N. D. S. Huband
    • 1
    • 2
  • J. L. Monteith
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Physiology and Environmental ScienceUniversity of Nottingham, School of AgricultureSutton BoningtonUK
  2. 2.Crop Protection DivisionUniv. of Bristol, Dept. of Agricultural Sciences, Long Ashton Research StationBristolUK
  3. 3.Laboratory for Terrestrial Physics, NASA/Goddard Space Flight CenterGreenbeltUSA