A hybrid dual-source scheme and trapezoid framework-based evapotranspiration model (HTEM) using satellite images: Algorithm and model test

Yuting Yang, Songhao Shang

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    Abstract

    Satellite remote sensing techniques are widely considered as the most promising way to estimate evapotranspiration (ET) over large geographic extents. In this study, a hybrid dual-source scheme and trapezoid framework-based evapotranspiration model (HTEM) is developed to map evapotranspiration from satellite imagery. It adopts a theoretically determined vegetation index/land surface temperature trapezoidal space to decompose bulk radiative surface temperature into component temperatures (soil and canopy) and uses a hybrid dual-source scheme of the layer approach and patch approach to partition net radiation and estimate sensible and latent fluxes separately from the soil and canopy. The proposed model was tested at the Soil Moisture-Atmosphere Coupling Experiment (SMACEX) site in central Iowa, USA, for 3 days during the campaign in 2002 using Landsat Thematic Mapper/Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (TM/ETM+) data, and at the Weishan flux site in the North China Plain during the main growing season of 2007 with Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer Terra images. Results indicate that HTEM is capable of estimating latent heat flux (LE) with mean absolute percentage errors of 6.4% and 11.2% for the SMACEX and the Weishan sites, respectively. In addition, the model was found to be able to give reasonable evaporation and transpiration partitioning at both sites. Compared with other models, HTEM generally produced better sensible and latent flux estimates at the two sites and had comparable abilities in estimating net radiation and ground heat flux. Sensitivity analysis suggests that HTEM is most sensitive to temperature variables and less sensitive to other meteorological observations and parameters.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2284-2300
    Number of pages17
    JournalJournal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres
    Volume118
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 16 Mar 2013

    Keywords

    • evaporation
    • hybrid dual-source scheme
    • satellite remote sensing
    • transpiration
    • trapezoid framework

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