Irrigation and Drainage Systems

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 223–249

Review on estimation of evapotranspiration from remote sensing data: From empirical to numerical modeling approaches

  • Dominique Courault
  • Bernard Seguin
  • Albert Olioso
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10795-005-5186-0

Cite this article as:
Courault, D., Seguin, B. & Olioso, A. Irrig Drainage Syst (2005) 19: 223. doi:10.1007/s10795-005-5186-0

Abstract

Different methods have been developed to estimate evapotranspiration from remote sensing data, from empirical approaches such as the simplified relationship to complex methods based on remote sensing data assimilation along with SVAT models. The simplified relationship has been applied from small spatial scale using airborne TIR images to continental scale with NOAA data. Assimilation procedures often require remote sensing data over different spectral domains to retrieve input parameters which characterize surface properties such as albedo, emissivity or Leaf Area Index. A brief review of these different approaches is presented, with a discussion about the main physical bases and assumptions of various models. The paper reports also some examples and results obtained over the experimental area of the Alpilles Reseda project, where various types of models have been applied to estimate surface fluxes from remote sensing data.

Key Words

evapotranspiration operational application remote sensing simplified model SVAT model 

Copyright information

© Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dominique Courault
    • 1
  • Bernard Seguin
    • 1
  • Albert Olioso
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, unité Climat-Sol-EnvironnementDomaine St Paul, bâtiment Climat, site AgroparcAVIGNON, cedex 9France