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Satellite-based estimation of atmospheric stability parameters in urban and remote areas

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A methodology is presented which can be used to determine atmospheric stability parameters in urban and remote areas where ground-based meteorological observations are not routinely available. The method resolves the surface energy balance by means of satellite remote sensing in an original way. Ground-based data from the FIFE experiment are used to validate parts of the methodology. Results are encouraging, but also show that refining some details of the methodology is necessary in order to provide a versatile operational processing scheme.

Keywords: atmospheric stability, remote sensing, satellite data, surface energy balance, surface heat flux

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