Estimation of Aerodynamic Roughness Length over Oasis in the Heihe River Basin by Utilizing Remote Sensing and Ground Data

Q. Chen, L. Jia, R.W.A. Hutjes, M. Menenti

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Abstract

Most land surface models require information on aerodynamic roughness length and its temporal and spatial variability. This research presents a practical approach for determining the aerodynamic roughness length at fine temporal and spatial resolution over the landscape by combining remote sensing and ground measurements. The basic framework of Raupach, with the bulk surface parameters redefined by Jasinski et al., has been applied to optical remote sensing data collected by the HJ-1A/1B satellites. In addition, a method for estimating vegetation height was introduced to derive the aerodynamic roughness length, which is preferred by users over the height-normalized form. Finally, mapping different vegetation classes was validated taking advantage of the data-dense field experiments conducted in the Heihe Watershed Allied Telemetry Experimental Research (HiWATER) project. Overall, the roughness model performed well against the measurements collected at most HiWATER flux tower sites. However, deviations still occurred at some sites, which have been further analyzed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3690-3709
JournalRemote Sensing
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • laser altimeter measurements
  • time-series analysis
  • leaf-area index
  • surface-roughness
  • vegetation
  • parameters
  • canopy
  • forest
  • lidar
  • displacement

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