Cha, MX; Li, MM; Wang, XQ (2020). Estimation of Seasonal Evapotranspiration for Crops in Arid Regions Using Multisource Remote Sensing Images. REMOTE SENSING, 12(15), 2398.

An accurate estimation of evapotranspiration (ET) from crops is crucial in irrigation management, crop yield assessment, and optimal allocation of water resources, particularly in arid regions. This study explores the estimation of seasonal evapotranspiration for crops using multisource remote sensing images. The proposed estimation framework starts with estimating daily evapotranspiration (ETd) values, which are then used to calculate ET estimates during the crop growing season (ETs). We incorporated Landsat images into the surface energy balance algorithm over land (SEBAL) model, and we used the trapezoidal and sinusoidal methods to estimate the seasonal ET. The trapezoidal method used multitemporal ET(d)images, while the sinusoidal method employs time-series Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) images and multitemporal ET(d)images. Experiments were implemented in the agricultural lands of the Kai-Kong River Basin, Xinjiang, China. The experimental results show that the obtained ET(d)estimates using the SEBAL model are comparable with those from the Penman-Monteith method. The ET(s)obtained using the trapezoidal and sinusoidal methods both have a relatively high spatial resolution of 30 m. The sinusoidal method performs better than the trapezoidal method when using low temporal resolution Landsat images. We observed that the omission of Landsat images during the middle stage of crop growth has the greatest impact on the estimation results of ET(s)using the sinusoidal method. Based on the results of the study, we conclude that the proposed sinusoidal method, with integrated multisource remote sensing images, offers a useful tool in estimating seasonal evapotranspiration for crops in arid regions.