Infrared remote sensing for monitoring rainfall

Agricultural Water Management
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Evaluations of thermal infrared satellite data from TIROS-N and the Heat Capacity Mapping Mission (HCMM) showed that rainfall distribution patterns could be reliably detected on images acquired up to at least three days after the event. The temperature relationship decreased eight days after the event when soil variations influenced the signal. A time-series analysis reduced thermal variability normally observed over diverse landscapes and increased the sensitivity of the procedures. The method of repetitive low-resolution thermal observations could be operationally employed over large geographic regions with currently available satellite systems. The results would augment the existing rain gauge stations by increasing the spatial sensitivity and the reliability of detection and mapping individual rainfall events.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Infrared remote sensing for monitoring rainfall
Series title Agricultural Water Management
DOI 10.1016/0378-3774(83)90096-3
Volume 7
Issue 1-3
Year Published 1983
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description 16 p.
First page 363
Last page 378
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