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Title Utility of an Automated Thermal-Based Approach for Monitoring Evapotranspiration
Type Publication

A very simple remote sensing-based model for water use monitoring is presented. The model acronym DATTUTDUT (Deriving Atmosphere Turbulent Transport Useful To Dummies Using Temperature) is a Dutch word which loosely translates as “it’s unbelievable that it works”. DATTUTDUT is fully automated and only requires a surface temperature map, making it simple to use and providing a rapid estimate of spatially-distributed fluxes. The algorithm is first tested over a range of environmental and land-cover conditions using data from four short-term field experiments and then evaluated over a growing season in an agricultural region. Flux model output is in satisfactory agreement with observations and established remote sensing-based models, except under dry and partial canopy cover conditions. This suggests that DATTUTDUT has utility in identifying relative water use and as an operational tool providing initial estimates of ET anomalies in data-poor regions that would be confirmed using more robust modeling techniques.

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ANA Andreu
KUSTAS William
Journal Acta Geophysica
Volume 63
Pages 1571-1608
Year 2015
Times cited None
Institute country Netherlands
Type of science
  • Agriculture
  • Biology and Ecology (includes animals and vegetation)
  • Radiation
  • Soil-Atmosphere interactions
Field of science
  • Biosphere
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