A model to estimate daily albedo from remote sensing data : accuracy assessment of MODIS MCD43 product

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Surface albedo is a critical land physical parameter affecting the earth’s climate and is among the main radiative uncertainties in current climate modelling. This parameter is highly variable in space and time, both as a result of changes in surface properties and as a function of changes in the illumination conditions. Consequently, an albedo daily temporal resolution is required for climate studies. The increasing spatial resolution of modern climate models makes it necessary to examine its spatial features. Satellite remote sensing provides the only practical way of producing high-quality global albedo data sets with high spatial and temporal resolutions. The MODerate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensor on board the Terra and Aqua satellites presents the required sampling characteristics in order to derive the this parameter. In this PhD we develop several studies looking for the improvement of the official MODIS albedo product (MCD43) accuracy. Moreover, we present a model that improves the temporal resolution of this parameter.
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