Special Section on Advances in Remote Sensing for Monitoring Global Environmental Changes

Evaluation of satellite-derived products for the characterization of the urban thermal environment

[+] Author Affiliations
Iphigenia Keramitsoglou, Ioannis A. Daglis, Vassilis Amiridis

National Observatory of Athens, Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing, Metaxa & Vas. Pavlou, Athens, GR-15236, Greece

Nektarios Chrysoulakis

Foundation for Research and Technology–Hellas, Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics, N. Plastira 100, Vassilika Vouton, 70013, Heraklion, Greece

Giulio Ceriola, Paolo Manunta

Planetek Italia S.r.l., v. Massaua,12, 70132 Bari, Italy

Bino Maiheu, Koen De Ridder, Dirk Lauwaet

VITO—Flemish Institute for Technological Research, Boeretang 200, B-2400 Mol, Belgium

Marc Paganini

European Space Agency, ESRIN, Via Galileo Galilei, Casella Postale 64 I-00044 Frascati, Italy

J. Appl. Remote Sens. 6(1), 061704 (Nov 01, 2012). doi:10.1117/1.JRS.6.061704
History: Received April 29, 2012; Revised August 29, 2012; Accepted September 28, 2012
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Abstract.  Knowledge of the air and land surface temperature and their temporal and spatial variations within a city environment is of prime importance to the study of urban climate and human–environment interactions and to monitoring environmental changes due to urbanization. We present a number of air and land surface temperature products that have been produced, archived, evaluated, and analyzed for 10 European cities within the framework of the European Space Agency–funded “Urban Heat Islands and Urban Thermography” project. We evaluate in what way these products are suited to explore the urban thermal dynamics and how products with different temporal and spatial resolution can provide a complementary view, both for thermal patterns as well as heat waves. Level of confidence was evaluated through quantitative, qualitative, and user-based analyses.

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Topics

Satellites ; MODIS

Citation

Iphigenia Keramitsoglou ; Ioannis A. Daglis ; Vassilis Amiridis ; Nektarios Chrysoulakis ; Giulio Ceriola, et al.
"Evaluation of satellite-derived products for the characterization of the urban thermal environment", J. Appl. Remote Sens. 6(1), 061704 (Nov 01, 2012). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JRS.6.061704


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