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Mapping diffuse photosynthetically active radiation from satellite data in Thailand

Choosri, P, Janjai, S, Nunez, M, Buntoung, S and Charuchittipan, D 2017 , 'Mapping diffuse photosynthetically active radiation from satellite data in Thailand' , Advances in Space Research, vol. 60, no. 11 , pp. 2345-2354 , doi: 10.1016/j.asr.2017.09.001.

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In this paper, calculation of monthly average hourly diffuse photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) using satellite data is proposed. Diffuse PAR was analyzed at four stations in Thailand. A radiative transfer model was used for calculating the diffuse PAR for cloudless sky conditions. Differences between the diffuse PAR under all sky conditions obtained from the ground-based measurements and those from the model are representative of cloud effects. Two models are developed, one describing diffuse PAR only as a function of solar zenith angle, and the second one as a multiple linear regression with solar zenith angle and satellite reflectivity acting linearly and aerosol optical depth acting in logarithmic functions. When tested with an independent data set, the multiple regression model performed best with a higher coefficient of variance R2 (0.78 vs. 0.70), lower root mean square difference (RMSD) (12.92% vs. 13.05%) and the same mean bias difference (MBD) of −2.20%. Results from the multiple regression model are used to map diffuse PAR throughout the country as monthly averages of hourly data.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Choosri, P and Janjai, S and Nunez, M and Buntoung, S and Charuchittipan, D
Keywords: photosynthetically active radiation, mapping, model, satellite
Journal or Publication Title: Advances in Space Research
Publisher: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd
ISSN: 0273-1177
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.asr.2017.09.001
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Copyright 2017 COSPAR. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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