High-resolution surface temperature patterns in a complex urban terrain

Robert Balling, Sandra W. Brazel

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Abstract

In this investigation, the polar-orbiting AVHRR thermal scanner is used to produce one-kilometer resolution surface temperature patterns of Phoenix, Arizona. The resulting map shows realistic, high-resolution temperature variations across the metropolitan area. The derived surface tempertures covary with incidence of residential, commercial, and industrial land use and indirectly covary with the vacant land cover. The AVHRR system appears to provide the capability of significantly increasing the spatial resolution of thermal fields across an urban area. The results of the study are being used by a local utility in thier analyses of water and power consumption.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1289-1293
Number of pages5
JournalPhotogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing
Volume54
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1988

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Advanced very high resolution radiometers (AVHRR)
AVHRR
surface temperature
scanner
Land use
metropolitan area
land cover
spatial resolution
Electric power utilization
urban area
land use
Temperature
Water
temperature
water
Hot Temperature
consumption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Computers in Earth Sciences
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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High-resolution surface temperature patterns in a complex urban terrain. / Balling, Robert; Brazel, Sandra W.

In: Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, Vol. 54, No. 9, 09.1988, p. 1289-1293.

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