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Remote Sensing, Evapotranspiration, ET, Wetlands, MODIS
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The purpose of this study is to validate the ability of the Simplified Surface Energy Balance (SSEB) approach and the Simple Method to provide AET estimates for wetland recovery efforts. The study utilizes the MODIS sensor aboard NASA's Terra satellite and SFWMD solar radiation data to derive AET values for South Florida. The SSEB/Simple-Method approach provided mixed results with good agreement with control values during dry season (rave (59) = 0.700, pave < 0.0005) and poor agreement during wet season (rave(46) = 0.137, pave = 0.304). Further refinement is needed to make this method viable for yearly estimates due to the poor performance during wet season months. This approach can prove useful for short term wetland recovery assessment projects that occur during the dry season and/or long term projects that compare AET rates from a site from dry season to dry season.
Ceron, Cristobal N., "Operational Actual Wetland Evapotranspiration Estimation for South Florida Using MODIS Imagery" (2014). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1454.
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