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i.eb.soilheatflux — Soil heat flux approximation (Bastiaanssen, 1995).


imagery, energy balance, soil heat flux, SEBAL


i.eb.soilheatflux --help
i.eb.soilheatflux [-r] albedo=name ndvi=name temperature=name netradiation=name localutctime=name output=name  [--overwrite]  [--help]  [--verbose]  [--quiet]  [--ui]



HAPEX-Sahel empirical correction (Roerink, 1995)


Allow output files to overwrite existing files


Print usage summary


Verbose module output


Quiet module output


Force launching GUI dialog


albedo=name [required]

Name of albedo raster map [0.0;1.0]

ndvi=name [required]

Name of NDVI raster map [-1.0;+1.0]

temperature=name [required]

Name of Surface temperature raster map [K]

netradiation=name [required]

Name of Net Radiation raster map [W/m2]

localutctime=name [required]

Name of time of satellite overpass raster map [local time in UTC]

output=name [required]

Name for output raster map


i.eb.soilheatflux calculates the soil heat flux approximation (g0) after Bastiaanssen (1995). The main reference for implementation is Alexandridis, 2009. It takes input of Albedo, NDVI, Surface Skin temperature, Net Radiation (see r.sun), time of satellite overpass, and a flag for the Roerink empirical modification from the HAPEX-Sahel experiment. The "time of satellite overpass" map can be obtained as follows:

For Landsat, the overpass map can be computed by using a two-step method:

# 1) extract the overpass time in GMT from metadata file
i.landsat.toar -p input=dummy output=dummy2 \
   metfile=LC81250452013338LGN00_MTL.txt lsatmet=time
# ... in this example approx. 03:12am GMT
# 2) create map for computational region of Landsat scene
g.region rast=LC81250452013338LGN00_B4 -p
r.mapcalc "overpasstime = 3.211328"

See Also

r.sun, i.albedo, i.emissivity, i.eb.hsebal01, i.eb.evapfr i.landsat.toar


Bastiaanssen, W.G.M., 1995. Estimation of Land surface parameters by remote sensing under clear-sky conditions. PhD thesis, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands. (PDF)

Chemin Y., Alexandridis T.A., 2001. Improving spatial resolution of ET seasonal for irrigated rice in Zhanghe, China. Asian Journal of Geoinformatics. 5(1):3-11,2004.

Alexandridis T.K., Cherif I., Chemin Y., Silleos N.G., Stavrinos E., Zalidis G.C. Integrated methodology for estimating water use in Mediterranean agricultural areas. Remote Sensing. 2009, 1, 445-465. (PDF)

Chemin, Y., 2012. A Distributed Benchmarking Framework for Actual ET Models, in: Irmak, A. (Ed.), Evapotranspiration - Remote Sensing and Modeling. InTech. (PDF)


Yann Chemin, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand

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