de Oliveira, G; Moraes, EC (2013). Validation of net radiation obtained from MODIS/TERRA data in Amazonia with LBA surface measurements. ACTA AMAZONICA, 43(3), 353-363.
This study aims to estimate the components of net radiation in two regions located in the state of Rondonia (southwest of the Brazilian Amazon), using Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS/TERRA) data based on Surface Energy Balance Algorithms for Land (SEBAL) model, and to validate the results with information acquired by the micrometeorological towers of LBA under the conditions of pasture (Fazenda Nossa Senhora Aparecida) and forest (Reserva Biologica do Jaru). Implementation of SEBAL model was performed directly on the MODIS data and included steps involving the computation of vegetation indices, albedo and atmospheric transmittance. Comparison between estimates from MODIS data and the observations showed relative errors for the condition of pasture between 0.2 and 19.2%, and for the condition of forest ranging between 0.8 and 15.6%. The integration of data at different scales was a useful proposition for the estimation and spatialization of the radiation fluxes in the Amazon region, which may contribute to a better understanding of the interaction between Amazon rainforest and atmosphere, and generate input information needed to the surface models coupled to atmospheric general circulation models.