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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Thermal Responses As Indicators of Biophysical System Health and Integrity 1324

Author
item Moran, Mary

Submitted to: Thermal Remote Sensing in Land Surface Processes
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: March 2, 2003
Publication Date: June 3, 2003
Citation: Moran, M.S. 2004. Thermal responses as indicators of biophysical system health and integrity. Chapter 8. In: Quattrochi, D.A., Luvall, J.C., editors. Thermal Infrared Remote Sensing in Land Surface Properties. Wash. DC: CRC Press. p. 257-282.

Interpretive Summary: With the recent and upcoming launches of satellite-based thermal sensors for earth observation, there is a greater opportunity to use thermal infrared (TIR) information for monitoring and managing plant ecosystem health. This chapter presents a short history of developments in TIR physics and technology, and a review of several TIR indices and models that could be useful for biosystem evaluation. Sufficient detail is provided to allow readers to compare and evaluate the indices with minimal reference to other publications. The chapter concludes with a brief discussion of the pitfalls associated with TIR measurements and algorithm implementation.

Technical Abstract: With the recent and upcoming launches of satellite-based thermal sensors for earth observation, there is a greater opportunity to use thermal infrared (TIR) information for monitoring and managing plant ecosystem health. This chapter presents a short history of developments in TIR physics and technology, and a review of several TIR indices and models that could be useful for biosystem evaluation. Sufficient detail is provided to allow readers to compare and evaluate the indices with minimal reference to other publications. The chapter concludes with a brief discussion of the pitfalls associated with TIR measurements and algorithm implementation.

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