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Validation of Thermal Infrared (TIR) Emissivity Spectra Using Pseudo-invariant Sand Dune Sites

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Thermal Infrared Remote Sensing

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Land surface temperature and emissivity (LST&E) are important variables used in surface energy balance models, monitoring land-cover land-use changes, and in surface composition mapping. For most retrieval algorithms that generate LST&E products from spaceborne thermal infrared data, accurate retrieval of the LST depends on an accurate estimate of the spectral emissivity in the TIR region between 8 and 12 μm. This is because both determine the amount of thermal radiance that gets emitted to the atmosphere from the Earth’s surface. Consequently, validation of emissivity products from sensors such as MODIS and AIRS is a critical aspect for better quantifying uncertainties in the long-term LST record, and to help better constrain surface energy balance modeling. Two methods of validating the emissivity currently exist; an in situ method that utilizes TIR instruments such as radiometers employed in the field, and a laboratory-based method that uses a high spectral resolution spectrometer to measure field collected samples in a controlled environment. This chapter will discuss the methodology for validating emissivity products over pseudo-invariant sand dune sites using the lab-based method.

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Hulley, G., Baldridge, A. (2013). Validation of Thermal Infrared (TIR) Emissivity Spectra Using Pseudo-invariant Sand Dune Sites. In: Kuenzer, C., Dech, S. (eds) Thermal Infrared Remote Sensing. Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing, vol 17. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6639-6_25

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