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A novel approach for anthropogenic heat flux estimation from space

Conference paper
Authors Nektarios Chrysoulakis
Wieke Heldens
Jean-Philippe Gastellu-Etchegorry
CSB Grimmond
Christian Fiegenwinter
Fredrik Lindberg
Fabio Del Frate
Judith Klostermann
Zina Mitraka
Thomas Esch
Ahmad Al Bitar
Andrew Gabey
Eberhard Parlow
K. Frans G. Olofson
Published in IGARSS 2016 - IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium. 10-15 July 2016. Beijing; China
ISBN 978-1-5090-3332-4
Publisher IEEE
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Earth Sciences
Language en
Subject categories Climate Research, Physical Geography, Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences


The recently launched H2020 project URBANFLUXES (URBan ANthrpogenic heat FLUX from Earth observation Satellites) investigates the potential of EO to retrieve anthropogenic heat flux, as a key component in the Urban Energy Budget (UEB). URBANFLUXES advances existing Earth Observation (EO) based methods for estimating spatial patterns of turbulent sensible and latent heat fluxes, as well as urban heat storage flux at city scale and local scale. Independent methods and models are engaged to evaluate the derived products and statistical analyses provide uncertainty measures. Optical, thermal and SAR data are exploited to improve the accuracy of the UEB components spatial distribution calculation. Synergistic use of different types and of various resolution EO data allows estimates in local and city scale. Ultimate goal of the URBANFLUXES is to develop a highly automated method for estimating UEB components to use with Copernicus Sentinel data, enabling its integration into applications and operational services.

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