Two-temperature method for measuring emissivity

Remote Sensing of Environment


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Spectral emissivity can be uniquely determined from radiance measurements if the object can be observed at two different temperatures. The advantage of this approach is that the spectral emissivity is determined without a priori assumptions about spectral shape. Because the different temperatures are obtained by observing the scene at two times in the diurnal cycle (optimally after midday and midnight), the method assumes that emissivity is temporally invariant. This is valid for rocks and dry soils, not well established for vegetation, and not true when changes in soil moisture occur between the measurements. Accurate image registration and satisfactory signal:noise are critical factors that limit extensive use of this method. ?? 1992.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Two-temperature method for measuring emissivity
Series title Remote Sensing of Environment
Volume 42
Issue 2
Year Published 1992
Language English
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Remote Sensing of Environment
First page 117
Last page 121
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