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Title: Quantifying the Terrestrial Surface Energy Fluxes using Remotely-Sensed Satellite Data
Authors: Siemann, Amanda Lynn
Advisors: Wood, Eric F
Contributors: Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
Subjects: Hydrologic sciences
Atmospheric sciences
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University
Abstract: The dynamics of the energy fluxes between the land surface and the atmosphere drive local and regional climate and are paramount to understand the past, present, and future changes in climate. Although global reanalysis datasets, land surface models (LSMs), and climate models estimate these fluxes by simulating the physical processes involved, they merely simulate our current understanding of these processes. Global estimates of the terrestrial, surface energy fluxes based on observations allow us to capture the dynamics of the full climate system. Remotely-sensed satellite data is the source of observations of the land surface which provide the widest spatial coverage. Although net radiation and latent heat flux global, terrestrial, surface estimates based on remotely-sensed satellite data have progressed, comparable sensible heat data products and ground heat flux products have not progressed at this scale. Our primary objective is quantifying and understanding the terrestrial energy fluxes at the Earth’s surface using remotely-sensed satellite data with consistent development among all energy budget components [through the land surface temperature (LST) and input meteorology], including validation of these products against in-situ data, uncertainty assessments, and long-term trend analysis. The turbulent fluxes are constrained by the available energy using the Bowen ratio of the un-constrained products to ensure energy budget closure. All final products are within uncertainty ranges of literature values, globally. When validated against the in-situ estimates, the sensible heat flux estimates using the CFSR air temperature and constrained with the products using the MODIS albedo produce estimates closest to the FLUXNET in-situ observations. Poor performance over South America is consistent with the largest uncertainties in the energy budget. From 1984-2007, the longwave upward flux increase due to the LST increase drives the net radiation decrease, and the decrease in the available energy balances the decrease in the sensible heat flux. These datasets are useful for benchmarking climate models and LSM output at the global annual scale and the regional scale subject to the regional uncertainties and performance. Future work should improve the input data, particularly the temperature gradient and Zilitinkevich empirical constant, to reduce uncertainties.
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Type of Material: Academic dissertations (Ph.D.)
Language: en
Appears in Collections:Civil and Environmental Engineering

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