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A physics-based algorithm for retrieving land-surface emissivity and temperature from EOS/MODIS data

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2 Author(s)
Zhengming Wan ; ICESS, California Univ., Santa Barbara, CA, USA ; Zhao-Liang Li

The authors have developed a physics-based land-surface temperature (LST) algorithm for simultaneously retrieving surface band-averaged emissivities and temperatures from day/night pairs of MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) data in seven thermal infrared bands. The set of 14 nonlinear equations in the algorithm is solved with the statistical recession method and the least-squares fit method. This new LST algorithm was tested with simulated MODIS data for 80 sets of hand-averaged emissivities calculated from published spectral data of terrestrial materials in wide ranges of atmospheric and surface temperature conditions. Comprehensive sensitivity and error analysis has been made to evaluate the performance of the new LST algorithm and its dependence on variations in surface emissivity and temperature, upon atmospheric conditions, as well as the noise-equivalent temperature difference (NEΔT) and calibration accuracy specifications of the MODIS Instrument. In cases with a systematic calibration error of 0.5%, the standard deviations of errors in retrieved surface daytime and nighttime temperatures fall between 0.4-0.5 K over a wide range of surface temperatures for mid-latitude summer conditions. The standard deviations of errors in retrieved emissivities in bands 31 and 32 (in the 10-12.5 μm IR spectral window region) are 0.009, and the maximum error in retrieved LST values falls between 2-3 K

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IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing  (Volume:35 ,  Issue: 4 )