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Remote Sensing Technology and Application  2011, Vol. 26 Issue (6): 705-712    DOI: 10.11873/j.issn.1004-0323.2011.6.705
Validation of the MODIS Land Surface Temperature Products—A Case Study of the Heihe River Basin
Yu Wenping1,2,Ma Mingguo1
(1.Cold and Arid Regions Remote Sensing Observation System Experiment Station,Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute,Chinese Academy of Sciences,Lanzhou 730000,China;2.Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences,Beijing 100049,China)
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This paper analyzes the key factors that result in the estimation errors of the MODIS land surface temperature products.Then the principle methods of validating the MODIS LST was discussed and compared.Normally there are bigger uncertainties of MODIS LST products in the semi\|arid and arid regions.As a case study,the Heihe river basin was selected to estimate the accuracy of MODIS LST products in Chinese arid and semi-arid regions.The two kinds of ground-measured observation data were obtained from the automatic meteorological stations:Infrared Radiation Thermometer data and longwave radiation data.The comparisons were performed for the validation based on these two types of observation data over three typical land cover types.The result demonstrates that:it is more reasonable to use long\|term nighttime surface longwave radiation data to validate the MODIS LST products.The validation results indicate that mean absolute error is less than 2.2 ℃ in the selected stations.

Key words:  Land Surface Temperature (LST)      MODIS      Validation      Heihe river basin      Arid regions     
Received:  14 April 2011 Published:  10 January 2012
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Yu Wenping,Ma Mingguo. Validation of the MODIS Land Surface Temperature Products—A Case Study of the Heihe River Basin. Remote Sensing Technology and Application, 2011, 26(6): 705-712.

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