Potential errors in the application of thermal-based energy balance models with coarse resolution data Academic Article uri icon


  • A thermal sharpening algorithm (TsHARP) providing fine resolution land surface temperature (LST) to the Two-Source-Model (TSM) for mapping evapotranspiration (ET) was applied over two agricultural regions in the US One site is a rainfed corn and soybean production region in central Iowa, while the other is an irrigated agricultural area in the Texas High Plains. Application of TsHARP to coarse (1 km) resolution thermal data over the rainfed agricultural area is found to produce reliable fine/within-field (60 m) resolution ET estimates, while in contrast, the TsHARP algorithm applied to the irrigated area does not perform as well, possibly due to significant sub-pixel moisture variations from irrigation. As a result, there may be little benefit in applying TsHARP for generating TSM-derived 60 m ET maps for the irrigated compared to the rainfed region. Consequently, reliable estimation …

publication date

  • January 1, 2007