Estimating Evaporation from Satellite Remote Sensing

Eric F. Wood, Hongbo Su, Matthew McCabe, Bob Su

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Evaporation provides the link between the energy and water budgets at the land surface. Accurate measurements of evaporation rates at large spatial scales are central to understanding land and atmosphere feedback. However, with the paucity of available surface observations for many portions of the globe, the use of modeled evaporation using satellite-based remotely sensed inputs is a potentially viable surrogate. The Surface Energy Balance System (SEBS), which estimates atmospheric turbulent heat fluxes and evaporative fraction using satellite derived radiation fluxes and surface temperatures coupled with near-surface meteorological variables, is used to estimate surface energy fluxes over the Oklahoma region of the USA during the warm season. These simulations are assessed by comparison with observations from the ARM-CART Energy Balance Bowen Ratio (EBBR).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)
Number of pages3
StatePublished - Nov 24 2003
Event2003 IGARSS: Learning From Earth's Shapes and Colours - Toulouse, France
Duration: Jul 21 2003Jul 25 2003


Other2003 IGARSS: Learning From Earth's Shapes and Colours

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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