Summary Results from:

Validation of the North American ASTER Land Surface Emissivity Database (NAALSED) version 2.0 using pseudo-invariant sand dune site
As they relate to the validation of mod21

Authors: Hulley, G. C., S. J. Hook, and A. M. Baldridge

Source: Remote Sens. Environ, 113, 2224-2233

Link to: Access Publication


Knowledge of the Land Surface Emissivity (LSE) in the Thermal Infrared (TIR: 8-12 µm) part of the electromagnetic spectrum is essential to derive accurate Land Surface Temperatures (LSTs) from spaceborne TIR measurements. This study focuses on validation of the emissivity product in the North American ASTER Land Surface Emissivity Database (NAALSED) v2.0 - a mean seasonal, gridded emissivity product produced at 100 m spatial resolution using all Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) scenes from 2000 to 2008 over North America ( The NAALSED emissivity product was validated over bare surfaces with laboratory measurements of sand samples collected at nine pseudo-invariant sand dune sites located in the western/southwestern USA. The nine sand dune sites cover a broad range of surface emissivities in the TIR. Results show that the absolute mean emissivity difference between NAALSED and the laboratory results for the nine validation sites and all five ASTER TIR bands was 0.016 (1.6%). This emissivity difference is equivalent to approximately a 1 K error in the land surface temperature for a material at 300 K in the TIR.