Spatial extrapolation of lysimeter results using thermal infrared imaging

B.R. Voortman, F.C. Bosveld, R.P. Bartholomeus, J.P.M. Witte

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    Measuring evaporation (E) with lysimeters is costly and prone to numerous errors. By comparing the energy balance and the remotely sensed surface temperature of lysimeters with those of the undisturbed surroundings, we were able to assess the representativeness of lysimeter measurements and to quantify differences in evaporation caused by spatial variations in soil moisture content. We used an algorithm (the so called 3T model) to spatially extrapolate the measured E of a reference lysimeter based on differences in surface temperature, net radiation and soil heat flux. We tested the performance of the 3T model on measurements with multiple lysimeters (47.5 cm inner diameter) and micro lysimeters (19.2 cm inner diameter) installed in bare sand, moss and natural dry grass. We developed different scaling procedures using in situ measurements and remotely sensed surface temperatures to derive spatially distributed estimates of R
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)230-241
    JournalJournal of Hydrology
    Volume543 Part B
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


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