Document Type



Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor's Name

Assefa Melesse

First Advisor's Committee Title


Second Advisor's Name

René Price

Second Advisor's Committee Title


Third Advisor's Name

Dean Whitman

Fourth Advisor's Name

Pete Markowitz


Remote Sensing, Evapotranspiration, ET, Wetlands, MODIS

Date of Defense



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.




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