Special Section on Remote Sensing for Coupled Natural Systems and Built Environments

Remote sensing of smoke plumes with moderate resolution imaging spectroradiometer reflectance measurements

[+] Author Affiliations
Tang-Huang Lin, Gin-Rong Liu

National Central University, Center for Space and Remote Sensing Research, No. 300, Jhongda Road, Jhongli, Taoyuan 32001 Taiwan

Yu-Chun Chen

National Central University, Graduate Institute of Atmospheric Physics, No. 300, Jhongda Road, Jhongli, Taoyuan 32001 Taiwan

J. Appl. Remote Sens. 4(1), 041876 (October 5, 2010). doi:10.1117/1.3505481
History: Received April 6, 2010; Revised August 17, 2010; Accepted September 28, 2010; October 5, 2010; Online October 05, 2010
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Abstract

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument is considered a very versatile tool in studying environmental changes. The multi-spectral sensor owns a high revisit period, a large scanning area, plus a handful of other advantages. The main purpose of this study is to employ reflectance data retrieved by the MODIS sensor in detecting smoke plumes, estimating their respective intensity and retrieving the AOD (Aerosol Optical Depth). Specifically, in the detection of the smoke plumes, biomass burning cases are studied in delineating the reflective characteristics. Following the detection, the Deep-Blue Aerosol Index (DAI) is utilized to evaluate the intensity. Relevant AOD information is retrieved by analyzing the relationship between the DAI and AOD. Results show a high correlation between the satellite-retrieved AOD and Sun Photometer-observed AOD data, thus demonstrating the feasibility in obtaining the aerosol distribution over highly reflective areas. As the proposed approach in this study is capable of accurately portraying the spatial distribution and intensity of smoke plumes, it can be effectively used in monitoring biomass burning hazards.

© 2010 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers

Citation

Tang-Huang Lin ; Gin-Rong Liu and Yu-Chun Chen
"Remote sensing of smoke plumes with moderate resolution imaging spectroradiometer reflectance measurements", J. Appl. Remote Sens. 4(1), 041876 (October 5, 2010). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.3505481


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