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Mapping diffuse photosynthetically active radiation from satellite data in Thailand


Choosri, P and Janjai, S and Nunez, M and Buntoung, S and Charuchittipan, D, Mapping diffuse photosynthetically active radiation from satellite data in Thailand, Advances in Space Research, 60, (11) pp. 2345-2354. ISSN 0273-1177 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.asr.2017.09.001


In this paper, calculation of monthly average hourly diffuse photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) using satellite data is proposed. Diffuse PAR was analyzed at four stations in Thailand. A radiative transfer model was used for calculating the diffuse PAR for cloudless sky conditions. Differences between the diffuse PAR under all sky conditions obtained from the ground-based measurements and those from the model are representative of cloud effects. Two models are developed, one describing diffuse PAR only as a function of solar zenith angle, and the second one as a multiple linear regression with solar zenith angle and satellite reflectivity acting linearly and aerosol optical depth acting in logarithmic functions. When tested with an independent data set, the multiple regression model performed best with a higher coefficient of variance R2 (0.78 vs. 0.70), lower root mean square difference (RMSD) (12.92% vs. 13.05%) and the same mean bias difference (MBD) of −2.20%. Results from the multiple regression model are used to map diffuse PAR throughout the country as monthly averages of hourly data.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:photosynthetically active radiation, mapping, model, satellite
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Atmospheric sciences
Research Field:Atmospheric radiation
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Forestry
Objective Field:Forestry not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Nunez, M (Dr Manuel Nunez)
ID Code:123531
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2018-01-10
Last Modified:2018-05-22

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