Skip to main content

Assimilation of land surface temperature data from ATSR in an NWP environment—a case study

Buy Article:

$63.00 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Directional thermal observations from the ATSR-2 satellite sensor were used to estimate separate vegetation and soil temperatures for a number of cloud free scenes covering south-east Spain over five days in 1999. Underlying methodology for this is a simplified radiative transfer scheme and a concurrent estimate of the fraction of ground covered with vegetation. The vegetation and soil temperatures were used together with near-surface relative humidity measurements to adjust the root zone soil moisture content and roughness length for heat in a newly developed multi-component land surface parameterization scheme, embedded in a regional weather forecast model. The ATSR surface temperature data have a strong influence on the modification of the thermal roughness length. The optimal roughness length gradually changes over the growing season, as can be expected from the dependence of thermal roughness on vegetation density. Application of the method to a grassland scene in The Netherlands resulted in a much smaller adjustment to the thermal roughness length. The distribution of the roughness over the Spanish test area appeared to be consistent in time, as correlation coefficients of roughness values between two subsequent acquisition dates were significantly positive. Small improvements in the calculated surface energy balance appear from independent near-surface air temperature observations in the Spanish area. The use of bi-angular thermal infrared observations seems useful to improve the description of aerodynamic roughness properties on regional scales.
No Reference information available - sign in for access.
No Citation information available - sign in for access.
No Supplementary Data.
No Data/Media
No Metrics

Document Type: Special Article

Publication date: 2002-12-21

More about this publication?
  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more