Comparing night-time satellite land surface temperature from MODIS and ground measured air temperature across a conurbation

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The relationship between remotely sensed land surface temperature (LST) data and ground-measured air temperature is important for a number of applications. This article details a pilot project over the summer (June, July, August) 2010 using Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) LST data and air temperature data from a custom network of data loggers across the conurbation of Birmingham, UK. The results show that at night-time air temperature is consistently higher than the satellite-measured LST, but significant station-specific variability exists.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)657-666
Number of pages10
JournalRemote Sensing Letters
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2 Mar 2012