MODIS Land Surface Temperature and Emissivity

Part of the Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing book series (RDIP, volume 11)


Land surface temperature (LST) is a key parameter in the physics of land surface processes at regional and global scales, combining the results of all surface–­atmosphere interactions and energy fluxes between the atmosphere and the ground (Mannstein 1987; Sellers et al. 1988). The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Terra and Aqua platforms produce high-quality LST products from data, which possess a number of strengths. They include global coverage, high radiometric resolution and wide dynamic ranges, accurate geolocation (Wolfe et al. 2002), and high-quality thermal infrared (TIR) calibration accuracy used in the LST retrieval (Barnes et al. 1998).


Normalize Difference Vegetation Index Land Surface Temperature Column Water Vapor MODIS Land Surface Temperature Land Surface Temperature Product 
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This work was supported by EOS Program contracts NAS5-31370 and NNG04HZ15C of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Dr. Li’s work is partly supported by China’s National Natural Science Foundation under Grant 40425012, and the “Hundred Talent” program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Larry Zangwill performed the spectral measurements of ivy leaf samples in the laboratory of the UCSB MODIS LST Group and participated in LST validation field campaigns.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ICESSUniversity of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA

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