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DOI: 10.3369/tethys.2012.9.03

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Land Surface Temperature (LST) is an extremely important parameter that controls the exchange of longwave radiation and sensible heat flux between the Earth’s surface and the atmosphere. Therefore knowledge of LST is essential for a range of issues and themes in Earth sciences central to hydrology, climatology and global environmental change. In particular, it plays a main role in estimating hydrological variables, such as evapotranspiration. However, because of the extreme heterogeneity of most natural land surfaces, LST is a difficult parameter to estimate and to validate.


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