Blum, M; Lensky, IM; Nestel, D (2013). Estimation of olive grove canopy temperature from MODIS thermal imagery is more accurate than interpolation from meteorological stations. AGRICULTURAL AND FOREST METEOROLOGY, 176, 90-93.
A method to estimate olive canopy temperature from satellite data was developed. Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MODIS) Land Surface Temperature (LST, 1 km) and Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI, 250 m) products were used. The deviation of LST from the canopy temperature measurements collected with data loggers in different regions and olive orchard environments of the East Mediterranean showed seasonal behavior (i.e. large deviations at summer and small at winter). We built a correction function for the LST, representing the seasonal behavior of the deviation of LST from the in situ canopy temperature. NDVI was used to set the parameters for the correction function. We calculated the average absolute errors of (a) the satellite based estimation of the canopy temperature, (b) LST and (c) air temperature from the nearest meteorological station with respect to the in situ canopy temperature. The satellite-based estimation of canopy temperature was found more accurate than using LST or air temperature from meteorological station, as commonly used in ecological modeling. Therefore, it is expected that the correction function developed in this study will improve the capability to model pest population trends, and other agronomic traits of olive plantations, enhancing orchard management in time and space. (C) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.