Analysing the effects of different land cover types on Land Surface Temperature using satellite data

A. Şekertekin*, H. Kutoglu, S. Kaya, A. M. Marangoz

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Monitoring Land Surface Temperature (LST) via remote sensing images is one of the most important contributions to climatology. LST is an important parameter governing the energy balance on the Earth and it also helps us to understand the behavior of urban heat islands. There are lots of algorithms to obtain LST by remote sensing techniques. The most commonly used algorithms are split-window algorithm, temperature/emissivity separation method, mono-window algorithm and single channel method. In this research, mono window algorithm was implemented to Landsat 5 TM image acquired on 28.08.2011. Besides, meteorological data such as humidity and temperature are used in the algorithm. Moreover, high resolution Geoeye-1 and Worldview-2 images acquired on 29.08.2011 and 12.07.2013 respectively were used to investigate the relationships between LST and land cover type. As a result of the analyses, area with vegetation cover has approximately 5 °C lower temperatures than the city center and arid land., LST values change about 10 °C in the city center because of different surface properties such as reinforced concrete construction, green zones and sandbank. The temperature around some places in thermal power plant region (ÇATES and ZETES) Çatalaǧzi, is about 5 °C higher than city center. Sandbank and agricultural areas have highest temperature due to the land cover structure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)665-667
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences - ISPRS Archives
Issue number1W5
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventISPRS International Conference on Sensors and Models in Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry 2015 - Kish Island, Iran, Islamic Republic of
Duration: 23 Nov 201525 Nov 2015


  • Climate change
  • Land Surface Temperature
  • Urbanization


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